In other business, the board chose longtime Amarillo pastor Stan Coffey to receive the 2007 H. Paul Pressler Distinguished Service Award for his work during the SBC's Conservative Resurgence and in the formation of the SBTC, for which he served as the first president from 1998-2000.
"Prior to the existence of the SBTC," wrote SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards in recommending Coffey for the award, "Stan Coffey pastored the largest church in the reformation group pushing for the formation of a new convention.
Being a man of conviction, Stan
was willing to put his
reputation on the line for the cause of biblical inerrancy and cooperative work among Baptists?.
paid a high price for his
efforts with challenges to his
health and ministry.
Through it all he
has remained faithful to win people to Jesus."
A native of Sweetwater, Okla., Coffey
was saved at age 6 and took his
first pastorate at 20.
He earned degrees from Wayland Baptist University (1970), Southwestern Seminary and California Graduate School of Theology, where he received the doctor of divinity.
pastorates have included: County Line Baptist Church in Morton; Hurlwood Baptist Church in Lubbock; First Baptist Church of Josephine; Trinity Baptist Church of Texarkana, Ark.; First Baptist Church of Albuquerque, N.M., and twice at The Church at Quail Creek in Amarillo (formerly San Jacinto Baptist Church), first from 1975-1979 and then from 1984 until now.
, the church has been a consistent leader among Southern Baptists
in baptizing new converts.
In 2004 Coffey
received the W.A. Criswell Lifetime Achievement Award for Pastoral Evangelism.
is the author of five books, his
latest being "The Return."
is and his
wife, Glenda, have two married children and eight grandchildren.