Mission Lab 2018

I’m grateful to have been your president

November 9th, 2017 / By: Nathan Lino / comments

I’m grateful to have been your president

Thank you for granting me the privilege of serving as SBTC president the past two years. 

I only did so by Christ’s grace and yours.

This is the 20-year anniversary of our SBTC. We will celebrate the milestone at our 2018 annual meeting in North Houston—poetic in location since that is where we constituted as a convention in 1998.

As I wrap up my presidency at a key moment in the life of our convention, I leave office with supreme confidence in the staff’s commitment to the principles that ensure a future filled with potential for the SBTC. Dr. Richards and his staff are convictionally committed to a high view of the Scriptures and the local church. Their overwhelming priority is evangelism, discipleship, church planting, church revitalization and church leadership development. The finances of our convention are squeaky clean and definitely ordered by these priorities. Dr. Richards walks with God; his major heart surgery happened while I’ve been president and I saw firsthand that his trust in the Lord runs deep. He is still filled with passion for our convention. He is very intelligent. He has a gift for making great hires and leading our leaders. His humility is seen in his openness to new ideas and having his own ideas challenged. He has the heart of a pastor, for pastors. As incredible as our first 20 years have been, our next 20 are filled with even greater potential because the convictions and priorities of our organization are in biblical order. I am glad the congregation I lead is an SBTC church.

You can expect 2018 to be a year of great celebration in the SBTC as we mark 20 years. Glory to God, what a run it has been. We must take the time to celebrate all that has happened because in doing so we are celebrating our Lord and his great work. I pray 2018 is an Ebenezer year for us as we look back over the last 20 years and look ahead to what our future holds.

May the Lord continue to grant us favor for the next 20.