James Lester's book A History of the Georgia Baptist Convention states that Hephzibah Baptist Association was formed on the fourth Saturday in September in 1794. It is the second oldest association in Georgia. It appears that 220 years later Hephzibah Association is alive and well.
Jay Neal served as a Georgia Baptist pastor for 25 years. He has also served as the director of the North Campus of Penfield Christian Homes in Lafayette. For the past decade he has also served in the State Legislature as the representative of Georgia House District 2. Representative Neal was the chairman of the State Properties Committee until Jan. 13 when he was appointed to serve as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry.
Edwin L. Cliburn, former Georgia Baptist pastor and denominational leader, died in Thomaston Feb. 1. Cliburn. Cliburn, 86, was born in Newnan but grew up in Columbus. During WWII and the Korean War Cliburn served in the U.S. Marine Corps, answering the call to ministry in the earlier conflict. Cliburn.
Grady L. "Pete" Rockett has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2014 as the president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Baptist Foundation, Inc., with Jonathan Gray returning to Georgia to work with Rockett for nine months before assuming the vacated role.
In the February 6 issue of The Index in the special section on church planting, there appeared a photo and the statement that Jackson Hill Baptist Church has permanently closed its doors and no longer existed. This was printed in error and Jackson Hill Baptist Church remains after almost 120 years a viable congregation.
Southern Baptists have historically defined success by how many members a church has today and how many more it will have tomorrow. While it is understandable that church growth is an indicator of how many people are being reached for Christ, it may be time to rethink that concept.
Ham on Nye By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published February 20, 2014
One of the hashtags that sprouted in Twitterspace after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate was "Ham on Nye" – catchy and pertinent.
Redland Baptist Church's Valdosta address is more ZIP Code than location. Situated a dozen miles outside of town, the 550-member church may not be on any major thoroughfare but it's making an international impact for the Kingdom.