KNCSB holds 68th annual meeting in Lincoln, Neb.

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists were challenged during their 2013 annual meeting to join together in even greater levels of cooperation.

New Covenant Community Church, Lincoln, Neb., was host to the 68th annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists held Oct. 14-15. It drew 258 registered messengers and 48 registered visitors.

“Strengthening Churches” was the meeting theme. It was based on Acts 16:5: “So the churches were strengthened in the faith and were increased in number daily.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

The meeting theme was taken from the KNCSB core values:

  • Starting
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  • Strengthening
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  • Sharing
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  • Sending


Meeting participants were challenged to increase their Cooperative Program giving. They also were urged to join together to combat the loneliness and isolation experienced by many pastors in the two states.

New officers elected were:

  • President: Andy Addis, pastor of CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan., CrossPoint is a network of churches in central and western Kansas. Addis previously served for two years as the KNCSB vice president.
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  • Vice president: Joe Stiles, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kan. Stiles was elected in a ballot vote. The other candidate was Derek Lynch, pastor of Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kan.


Other officers were re-elected by acclamation:

  • Recording secretary: Bryan Jones, pastor of Tyler Road Southern Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.
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  • Assistant recording secretary: Susan Pederson, member of Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church, Augusta, Kan.
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  • Historian: Tony Mattia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.

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