The Nevada Baptist Convention at its 2014 annual meeting elected its first African American president, Nellis Baptist Church pastor Greg Fields of Las Vegas.
“I highly anticipate serving the Nevada Baptist Convention in this capacity as it will be a wonderful experience for me, my family and our congregation,” Fields told Baptist Press after his election at the annual meeting, held Oct. 21-22 at South Reno Baptist Church in Reno.
In another historic move, the 116 messengers unanimously voted to increase Nevada’s Cooperative Program giving to 50 percent of monies received from churches in the state, raising the allotment from the current 35 percent, according to a report submitted by the Nevada Baptist Convention.
Fields said he is excited to work with the strong leadership among Nevada Baptists. Nevada joins at least 23 other state conventions that have elected African American or other non-Anglos to their presidencies. The Tennessee Baptist Convention also elected its first black president this year. See related story.
“Nevada Baptists have great leadership throughout the state to glean from, and I will happily call upon many of them for counsel and assistance during my tenure,” Fields told BP. “I extend a special thanks to Nevada’s Executive Director Kevin White for his confidence and support of me as I embark on this exciting journey.”
Fields served as Nevada Baptists vice president in 2013 and has led his multicultural congregation since 2007, when he retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving nearly 21 years. He has lived in Nevada since 1997 and was ordained at Frontier Southern Baptist Church in North Las Vegas.
“I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity,” he said of his presidency. “This task isn’t something I’ve prepared for, but I take comfort in the saying, ‘God doesn’t call the equipped; rather, He equips the called.'”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press