GALVESTON – The Baptist General Convention of Texas will gather for the 136th Annual Meeting on Nov. 14-16, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. The meeting will be hybrid, allowing participants to join in-person or virtually. This year, Texas Baptists will focus on the Great Commission and Great Commandment ministry done across the state and beyond by the churches, partners and staff of the Convention.
“I am especially excited to gather in Galveston for the 2021 Annual Meeting,” Executive Director David Hardage said. “So much work and planning has gone into making this time well spent! God will be praised, fellowship enjoyed, business managed and our Texas Baptists family will leave encouraged.”
Featured speakers at the meeting will include Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College; Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., president of the National Baptist Convention of America; Thom Rainer, founder and CEO of Church Answers; David Hardage, Texas Baptists executive director; Jason Burden, Texas Baptists president and pastor of FBC Nederland; Jordan Villanueva, Texas Baptists second vice president; and Jason Bryant, western heritage consultant with Texas Baptists Western Heritage Ministries.
Worship will be led by Keron Jackson, bass artist and Texas Baptists missionary; Dr. Cecile Dagohoy and praise team; the Singing Men of Southeast Texas; Kingsland Baptist Church choir, orchestra and praise team; the Schola Cantorum of Houston Baptist University; and the FBC Nederland Church Celebration Choir.
Three rallies will be held on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 14 to kick off the meeting: the African American Worship Rally at Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church, the Texas Baptists en Español Celebration at First Baptist Church of Galveston and Devoted at the Pier at 2501 Seawall Boulevard. Find more information and register here.
During the business sessions, messengers will elect officers and vote on the 2022 proposed budget, nominations for affiliated boards and ministries, resolutions and more. To view business information, click here.
Several workshops will be held on topics including church health, racism and racial reform, family worship, threats in a post-Christian day and ministers’ spouses. Attendees are encouraged to stop by exhibit halls throughout the three-day event to learn more about Texas Baptists resources, partnering ministries and institutions, and for networking and fellowship. Several meals and receptions will also be hosted by Texas Baptists ministries and partners.
Texas Baptists churches can pre-register messengers online here. Additionally, messenger cards can be requested by calling 1-888-244-9400. Visitors are welcome to attend all sessions and can register on-site at the registration desk.