Virginia Baptists Committed, a diverse group of clergy and laity devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the witness of mainstream Baptists in Virginia, is pleased to endorse candidates for the four annually elected offices of the BGAV for the November 2023 annual meeting.
VBC is pleased to endorse Becky McKinney for the office of BGAV President.
Becky has been a part of Virginia Baptist life for many years. She is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has worked as a child welfare worker for Henry County DSS and Director of Programs for Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC).
Becky has served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and a mission emphasis coordinator at Chatham Heights Baptist Church, Martinsville, Virginia. She has served on the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, chaired the BGAV Executive Board, and has been the Past Vice President and President of WMUV. She is currently serving as First Vice-President of the BGAV. She is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.
Becky will be nominated by the Reverend Adam Tyler, former BGAV President, and messenger from Farmville Baptist Church.
VBC endorses the Reverend Shelton Miles for First Vice-President of the BGAV.
Shelton is a retired bi-vocational pastor, having served BGAV churches in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Campbell, and Wise Counties. His longest and last pastorate was with the First Baptist Church of Republican Grove, where he served over 27 years. In retirement, he is a member and deacon of Kedron Baptist Church, Gladys, where he was baptized, licensed, and ordained as a teenager.
Shelton is a graduate of Carson-Newman University and attended Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. Within the BGAV, Shelton served as a longtime trustee of the Religious Herald, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, and as chair of the Religious Liberty Committee and the Resolutions Committee. He has represented the BGAV at the State Capitol, advocating on religious liberty issues. For many years, he hosted, outfitted, and guided the Virginia Baptist Ministers’ Canoe Retreats and always enjoyed immersing fellow pastors in an experience in nature (and often in the river as well).
He and his wife Jody reside on their family farm along the Staunton River in Campbell County where they raise beef cattle. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of six.
Shelton will be nominated by the Reverend Jim Bunce, pastor of the Marlow Heights Baptist Church in Front Royal.
VBC also endorses the Reverend Alan Miller for Second Vice-President of the BGAV.
Alan serves as pastor of Orange Baptist Church in Orange VA. He first began his ministry with this church in 2008 as Minister of Worship and Music. Alan met and married his wife Mary Beth, was ordained, and welcomed three children all at Orange Baptist.
Having grown up at Second Baptist Church in Richmond, Alan is a lifelong Virginia Baptist. From a young age, he has participated in Music Week at Eagle Eyrie, later serving as an intern, and more recently as faculty, worship leader, and camp pastor. He currently serves the BGAV on the Mission Council as a representative from the Northern Region, and is on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. Alan continues to sing in the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale.
Alan is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. in Religion and Music), and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (M.Div.).
Alan will be nominated by the Reverend Nancy Stanton McDaniel, former BGAV President, and messenger from Rhoadesville Baptist Church.
Finally, VBC is pleased to endorse again the Reverend Dr. Nathan Taylor to serve as Clerk of the BGAV.
Nathan serves as executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies. An ordained Baptist minister and Certified Archivist, he holds a D.Min. from Mercer University, a M.Div. from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, a B.S. from Asbury University, and has completed additional graduate work in archival studies at Louisiana State University. Prior experiences include congregational ministry, institutional advancement, and history education. Nathan is married to Bryn and they have one son. He is a member of River Road Church, Baptist, in Richmond.
Nathan will be nominated by the Reverend Dr. Bert Browning, messenger, River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, VA.
These candidates are well qualified to serve and are committed to the work of the BGAV now and in the future.
VBC is happy to endorse these persons for these leadership positions.
VBC welcomes and encourages the nominations of other qualified candidates.