NAAF President Mark Croston, pastor of East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., was elected in 2007 to serve an unprecedented third year as the fellowship's president because he had invested so much time and energy into arranging task forces with NAMB and LifeWay Christian Resources.The International Mission Board
initiated a task force in April 2008 which, like its predecessors, is aimed at learning how the SBC entity could better meet the needs of the African American community.
Croston, in his
final presidential address, thanked NAAF members for the privilege of serving them as president.
"Great things have happened at NAMB
, LifeWay and now IMB
for our churches to be better enabled to do our tasks better," Croston
thanked Joe Ratliff, E.W. McCall, Joseph Lyles and George McCalep for laying the groundwork that resulted in the task forces.
"The Lord has worked these things out," Croston
said."It's not by accident that it all will be accomplished."
Preaching on God's anointing, Croston
said, "You need an anointing from God" and, indeed, "God has given us the anointing to be who we are."For those attuned to God, he
said, "The power of the anointing of God in your life is unstoppable."In the absence of the NAAF's incoming president -- Michael R. Pigg, pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., whose flight en route from a mission trip to Kenya was delayed -- Croston passed the gavel to James Dixon, pastor of El Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Md., and incoming NAAF vice president.
...The officers include Pigg; Dixon; secretary Byron Day, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel, Md.; treasurer Mark Croston; parliamentarian K. Marshall Williams, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia; and Robert Wilson, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ga.