July 2014 • A Brief Overview of the 2014 OFWB Convention

The 102nd session of the Convention of the Original Free Will Baptists kicked off at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 21, 2014 with a worship service. The Rev. Buddy Sasser opened up the Convention followed by a hymn and prayer. Attendees of the Convention were then treated to some special music by the Beaverdam Boys and the message was given by the Rev. Buddy Seay. Rev. Seay presented a powerful message about being people of service in the community, referencing from several scriptures including Matthew 25:34–46, Titus 3:3–7, and Hebrews 9:12–14. He spoke about how we as Christians must not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and that it is a great privilege and a responsibility for us to serve the Lord. He gave us reassurance that God is still there when he said, “The darker things get in the world the brighter God’s light shines.” He finished his sermon with a prayer and the Beaverdam Boys closed out the worship service with a final song.

After a brief break, we continued the plenary session with the Rev. Barry Stallings leading the congregation in the hymn “Sweetest Name I Know” followed by Ms. Karen Stallings singing “Indescribable.” The Rev. Ray Wells made the call to order followed by the Rev. Jack Weathersby giving the scripture from of 2 Corinthians and a prayer. The Rev. Al Warrick gave the greetings as the President of the Convention followed by the report from the secretary of the Executive Committee the Rev. Ray Wells. The Rev. Kevin Jackson gave the treasurers report and the Rev. Leon Grubbs gave the Nominating Committee report. After being dismissed attendees made their way over to Raper Hall to attend several workshops. Rev. The Harold Jones hosted his workshop on Foreign Missions and spoke about the great work they are doing all over the world. He talked about their mission in Liberia and that there are now more than 30 churches in the country. Their new farming project is to help the locals in the countries they have missions in be able to grow their own food by supplying them with equipment. Caleb’s Dollar Ministry is in full swing and is feeding people all over the world. The Revs. Tim Heath, Harold Swinson, and Scott Broadway presented the workshop on Home Missions and Evangelism. They really put an emphasis on their new hygiene water bottle kit. The kitcontains various items to assist in helping anyone in need. When donations are made, half the bottles that have been assembled stay at the warehouse in case of a disaster and the other half will go to various organizations that assist those who need help. The vice president and a representative from Standard Publishing hosted a workshop to talk about their Sunday School curriculum and effective ways of using it in the classroom. University of Mount Olive President Dr. Phillip Kerstetter gave a workshop on the recent name change and what it means for the University as a whole. The workshops wrapped up about 4:40 and everyone was dismissed until the Sunday School Banquet hosted by the Sunday School Ministry. Stuart McMeeking, Vice President of Sales of Standard Publishing, was the main speaker.

There was a brief break until the Mission Rally hosted by Foreign Missions at 7:30. The Rev. Dr. John Hill gave a brief welcome and prayer, the Rev. Tim Heath of Home Missions followed by giving the greetings. Ms. Jami Rhodes, choir director of Reedy Branch Church, provided special music. The Rev. Harold Jones gave a special presentation followed by the message delivered by the Rev. Wayne King. After Rev. King’s message, he and his wife were presented a piece of art for their dedication to spreading the word of God in the world. The Mission Rally concluded with the hymn “Freely, Freely” and a prayer. The final day of the Convention started out with the Minister’s IMPACT Breakfast hosted by the OFWB Headquarters and the OFWB Ministerial Association. Attendees of this breakfast were treated to some great food and messages from several ministers on various subjects concerning the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination. Immediately after the breakfast the convention worship service continued led by Rev. Barry Stallings. Special musical guests were the Revs. Doug Seymour, Roger Hill, and John Blackwell with the Rev. Josh Whitfield delivering the message. After a short break, the closing plenary session began and was very brief. Each ministry gave their final reports and recommendations. This was followed by elections, installations of new officers, and the convention was adjourned.


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