ETBU's Dr. Elijah Brown Named to Baptist World Alliance Nominations Committee
MARSHALL, Texas (7/10/14) – The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has named an East Texas Baptist University religion professor to the Nominations Committee for the term of 2014-2019. The North American Baptist Fellowship (NABF) recommended Dr. Elijah Brown, Director of the Freedom Center and Associate Professor of Missions, to the committee during meetings of the BWA being held in Izmir, Turkey, July 6-12.
Dr. Brown tweeted from the meeting, "Thank you @NABF for recommendation with @samchaise_cbm to help with nominating committee @TheBWA for 2014-2019. Honored by the opportunity." Sam Chaise, the other NABF nominee, serves with Canadian Baptist Ministries.
Another attendee at the Annual Gathering, George Bullard, president of Columbia Partnership, based in Columbia, South Carolina, posted to his blog (www.BullardJournal.org), "It is important that this group have God's wisdom in choosing a diversity of qualified people to serve BWA in the years to come so it's a true worldwide organization." Bullard also serves as the general secretary of the NABF.
"With 26 member bodies, the North American Baptist Fellowship promotes fellowship and collaboration among Baptists across both Canada and the United States. It is an honor to be selected as one of their representatives to the nominating committee of the Baptist World Alliance," said Dr. Brown from Izmir. "I am grateful for the support offered by East Texas Baptist University and for the willingness of both the NABF and the BWA to intentionally include young leaders in their decision making processes."
Dr. Brown and Chaise join others on the nominations committee who come from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, Korea, Turks and Caicos Islands, England, Estonia, Brazil, United States of America and Ecuador. The nominating committee is comprised of the President and General Secretary of the BWA, two members from each of the 6 regions for a total of 12, and three at large members for a grand total of 15 individuals plus two at large members. One of those at-large members is also from the USA: Naomi Tyler Lloyd.
"I am prayerful that over the next five years the incoming nominating committee will continue to help connect leaders, experts and key practitioners from across the world to the ongoing work and vibrancy of the BWA, one of the most vital fellowships and witnesses in our world today," concluded Dr. Brown.
The BWA is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches.
Dr. Brown has been teaching in the ETBU School of Christian Studies since 2009.