The Baptist Center for Ethics elected three new board members and re-elected two current directors to three-year terms of service. The action expands the geographic representation and Baptist affiliation of BCE’s governing body.


BCE’s newly elected directors include Babs Baugh, a member of Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, and principal in the Baugh Family Foundation. Having a noted record of service on a number of Baptist boards and as a local church deacon, Baugh played a pivotal role in the Celebration of the New Baptist Covenant, which pulled together some 15,000 North American Baptists around the passage of Luke 4:18-19.


Jeffrey Haggray, executive director/minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, was also elected to BCE’s board. Author of In Mission on the Boundaries—On Purpose, Haggray served on a panel on the separation of church and state at the New Baptist Covenant meeting in Atlanta. Haggray is a member of Progressive National Baptist Convention, active in American Baptist Churches U.S.A. and involved with the Baptist World Alliance.


BCE’s board elected Keith Herron as another new director. Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., serves in a variety of Baptist leadership roles at the state and national level. He has posted sermon manuscripts on for a number of years and regularly contributes columns. He writes frequently on a blogging network hosted by The Christian Century’s Web site.


Elizabeth Fogg, former president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and Joe Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., were re-elected to BCE’s board of directors for second terms. 


Other directors have membership in Baptist churches located in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.


While many BCE directors have membership in churches affiliated with both the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Southern Baptist Convention, BCE’s ties with American Baptist Churches U.S.A. have been significantly strengthened over the past several years. Many board members are also active supporters of the Baptist World Alliance. 


Founded in 1991, BCE maintains a widely and globally read Web site, It also provides online, undated educational resources and produces documentary-style DVDs, the most recent of which earned the best documentary prize at two recent film festivals.

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