48 Southern Baptists named to guide Conservative Baptist Network

The Conservative Baptist Network named its Steering Council Wednesday afternoon. The Steering Council is 48 Southern Baptists including former Southern Baptist Convention president Charles Stanley, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, former Arkansas Governor and television host Mike Huckabee, seminary professors, seminary presidents, pastors, denominational leaders and laymen. The Steering Council includes 48 Southern Baptists dedicated to expanding the conservative Baptist movement in the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Conservative Baptist Network Steering Council contains a diverse group of Southern Baptists committed to “an allegiance to Scripture and a desire to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the CBN said in a statement.

The recognizable names include Charles Stanley, former SBC president and pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Perkins is an influential conservative and Christian voice in politics.

Other notables include past SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone. Stone is joined on the Steering Council by fellow SBC Executive Committee member Rod Martin.

Here is Steering Council:

Anthony Allen, president of Hannibal-LaGrange University; Mark Ballard, president of Northeastern Baptist College; Stoney Benfield, pastor Prospect Baptist Church of Albermarle, NC; Lee Brand, VP and Dean Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; Brad Bright, President and CEO of Bright Media Foundation; Steve Brumbelow, Senior Pastor Southview Baptist Church Rosharon, TX; Sam Bunnell, associate pastor South Reno Baptist Church, Reno, NV; Emir Caner, President Truett McConnell University; Kelvin Cochran, Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA; Nathan Cole, VP Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; Scott Colter, Executive Director of the Sandy Creek Foundation; Sharayah Colter; journalist and owner of Colter & Co.; Mark Coppenger, retired professor from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Mike Courtney, Evangelist Garland, TX; Nathan Davis, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Coushatta, LA; Anthony George, Senior Associate Pastor FBC Atlanta; Blake Gideon, Senior Pastor Edmond’s First Baptist Church, Edmond, OK; Brad Graves, Senior Pastor Ada First Baptist Church, Ada, OK; Jim Gregory, Sr. Pastor First Southern Baptist Church of Mountain Home, ID; Tom Hatley, Sr. Pastor Immanuel Baptist Church Global Outreach Center of Rogers, AR; Gerald Harris, retired editor The Christian Index; Jason Hobbs, Sr. Pastor Calvary Baptist Church of Gainesville, TX; Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, former President Arkansas State Baptist Convention; Chris Hughes, President and CEO of The Christhall Corporation; Brad Jurkovich, Sr. Pastor First Bossier; Chuck Kelley, President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor of Evangelism at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Joe Knott, Lawyer; Bill Logan, Sr. Pastor Immanuel Baptist Church, Ridgecrest, CA; Rod Martin, Founder & CEO The Martin Organization; Sherri Martin, Co-Founder The Martin Foundation; Michael O’Brien, Christian Musician & Recording Artist; Tim Patterson, Exec. Director & Treasurer Baptist State Convention of Michigan; Bob Pearle, Sr. Pastor Birchman Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, TX; Tony Perkins, President The Family Research Council; Tom Phillips, VP The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Jessica Pigg, author and pastor’s wife Fellowship Church of Immokalee, FL; Tim Pigg, Sr. Pastor Fellowship Church of Immokalee, FL; Lewis Richerson, Sr. Pastor Woodlawn Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA; Phil Roberts, former President Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ronnie Rogers, Sr. Pastor Trinity Baptist Church of Norman, OK; Jeff Schreve, Sr. Pastor First Baptist Church of Texarkana, TX; Corey Smith, Sr. Pastor Heritage Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA; Michael Spradlin, President Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; Lorine Spratt, Exec. Assistant First Bossier; Charles Stanely, Founder In-Touch Ministries and Sr. Pastor of FBC Atlanta; Mike Stone, Sr. Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church of Blackshear, GA; Chris Thompson, Sr. Pastor of South River Baptist Church of Statesville, NC; Randy Zeigler, Student Pastor at First Bossier. (SOURCE) https://conservativebaptistnetwork.com/steering-council/

“We are so excited to share this steering council with our Network and broader Southern Baptist family,” Network spokesman Brad Jurkovich said. “We had so looked forward to sharing this at our launch event scheduled in Orlando at our SBC annual meeting. Even though that was cancelled, we are moving forward with tremendous enthusiasm, and we are thankful to have incredible pastors and leaders who are committed to helping us see positive change in our Southern Baptist Convention in order to continue to reach our world with the hope of Jesus and His sufficient Word.”