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Mississippi Baptist to pray at SBC meet

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By William H. Perkins Jr.

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David Jett, senior pastor of Crossgates Church in Brandon, has been invited to offer the closing prayer at the June 13 morning session of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix.

In addition, former Mississippi Baptist pastor Chuck Herring will fill the same role for the annual meeting’s June 13 afternoon session.

Saltillo native Herring, currently the senior pastor of Collierville First Church in Collierville, Tn., was senior pastor at First Church, Richland, in Rankin Association from 1994-2003.

Planners have said interest expressed in the annual meeting this year is high enough to reserve an additional block of 500 hotel and motel rooms for attendees. The block of rooms initially reserved for the annual meeting was fully booked as early as March, said Bill Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance, in an April interview with Baptist
Press (BP).

Townes told BP he anticipates an attendance of between 5,000-6,000 messengers this year in Phoenix. If that occurs, attendance will easily exceed the 4,852 messengers who registered the last time the annual meeting was held in Phoenix in 2011.

Messengers are individual members of churches in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention who are appointed by their churches to represent them by voting at the annual meeting. Messengers have no other official duties, and are appointed or reappointed on an annual basis.

Townes also estimated 2,500-3,500 guests, exhibitors, and other participants will attend.

The official count from last year’s annual meeting in St. Louis was 7,321 messengers. A total of 5,407 messengers attended the 2015 annual meeting in Columbus, Oh., topping the 2014 Baltimore, Md., annual meeting count of 5,298.

Since 2012, messenger registration has fluctuated between 5,103 and 7,874.

Editor’s note: Baptist Press contributed to this article.

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