Nominees for 2008 BGAV Offices

Virginia Baptists Committed will place in nomination these three individuals for officers of the Baptist General Association at the Annual Meeting in Roanoke, November 11-12.

Dr. William “Jeff” Bloomer, of Culpeper Baptist Church, current first vice president of the BGAV, will be presented as a nominee for president. Bloomer has been a professional educator and administrator for more than 40 years in Virginia’s public schools and colleges. He has served as a deacon in five churches, deacon chairman in three churches, and in many other local church leadership positions. He has served as moderator of the Shiloh Baptist Association and as its representative to the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. He has chaired three VBMB committees and served on its executive committee and budget committee.

Dr. Tim Madison of Madison Heights, will be presented as a nominee for first vice president. A graduate of Virginia Tech (BA ‘85) and Southern Seminary (MDiv ’88 and DMin ‘96), Madison has been pastor of Madison Heights Baptist Church since 1993. Prior to that, he pastored Winn’s Creek Baptist Church in Halifax. Madison has actively served in the VBMB as a board member, as chairman of the budget and support services committees, and as member of the executive committee for six years. He has also served on the budget committee and program committee of the BGAV. Locally, he has been the moderator of the Lynchburg Baptist Association.

Dr. Richard Childress of Franklin, will be presented as a nominee for second vice president. A graduate of Carson Newman College (BA, ’83), Southern Seminary (MDiv, ’86), and Southeastern Seminary (DMin, ’93), Childress is currently pastor of Franklin Baptist Church in Franklin, VA. Prior to that, he pastored churches in Virginia at Covington Baptist and at First Baptist, Appalachia. He has also served as a moderator for the Natural Bridge Association and as a Trustee for Virginia Intermont College. Currently, he is a Trustee for the Virginia Baptist Foundation and a Capital Stewardship Services consultant for the BGAV.

Virginia Baptists Committed is a statewide organization of Virginia Baptist clergy and lay members committed to supporting the BGAV. Its nomination process seeks candidates who support the BGAV and its Kingdom Advance vision, and such core Baptist values as priesthood of the believer, autonomy of the local church, soul freedom and religious liberty. Also, it seeks to follow the BGAV custom of alternating qualified clergy and laity as president, and the practice of electing a successfully serving first vice president as president the succeeding year.

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