On Tuesday afternoon I’ll be nominating Pastor Ramon Medina for the position of Second Vice President of the SBC, and I hope you’ll prayerfully consider voting for him.
With all the significant issues facing our convention right now, it’s vitally important for the newly elected SBC president to have qualified voices surrounding him to help lead our convention. We need high ranking elected officers who will have a team mentality to leadership and who will help Southern Baptists unite together for the purpose of advancing gospel mission and pursuing reconciliation. Pastor Ramon is that kind of leader.
Ramon has shown tremendous pastoral leadership. As the pastor of the Spanish congregation at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, he has seen his congregation grow from 60 members in 2006 to more than 3,000 today. One of the reasons his church has grown is because he is passionate about evangelism. Just a couple of weeks ago, he baptized 46 people in one worship service! We need someone with the missional heart of Pastor Ramon helping lead Southern Baptists to fulfill the Great Commission.
Ramon has also demonstrated excellent denominational leadership. He has served on several committees of SBC agencies, including LifeWay’s Hispanic Pastoral Council, and currently serves as the president of the SBC Hispanic Council, a group of leaders from various Southern Baptist Hispanic ministries that seek to bring unity and cooperation to the mission of serving Hispanic Baptists.
On top of all this, Pastor Ramon is a uniter, not a divider. He won’t try to break the convention into factions, but instead will lead us to work together to accomplish our mission because he believes that all of us are able to participate and play a role. He has the heart, experience, and leadership qualities that will serve Southern Baptists well. So, I hope you’ll join me in electing him this Tuesday to the office of Second Vice President.