Alabama Baptist named to ERLC council

Alabama Baptist named to ERLC council

NASHVILLE — Alabama Baptist Whitney Alexander is among the 73 members named to the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Leadership Council for 2017, the first year to include women.

The council members, who were announced Jan. 19, will receive training from ERLC through events and conference calls to help them and their churches apply the gospel to all areas of life.

Council members also provide counsel to commission staff and sometimes write for ERLC’s website.

ERLC inaugurated the council in 2014, seven months after Russell Moore became president. Each January the commission unveils a new list of council members, who typically serve for one year.

Alexander is an account manager for Venture Marketing Group in Gadsden, a pastor’s wife and mom to three children. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama and has previously served on several committees for both the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

She and her husband, Mat, currently serve at First Baptist Church, Gadsden, where he is pastor and she leads ladies’ Bible studies and a missions group for young moms.

She is the only Alabama Baptist on the council.

Other members include former Alabama Baptist pastor Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina; James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in the north metro Atlanta area and former SBC president; and Matt Chandler, lead teaching pastor of The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

The entire list of council members is available at (BP)