The Haitian State Fellowship met at Wayside Baptist Church as part of the larger annual Florida Baptist State Convention meeting for a business meeting and fellowship dinner.
During the business meeting the fellowship conveyed on Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, and Al Fernandez, southeast regional catalyst, honorary leadership doctorates from the United Private University of Haiti.
John Voltaire, Haitian church catalyst, said that the conveying of the degrees was a show of appreciation for the work and leadership of both Green and Fernandez.
During the meeting new officers to the roles of president, vice president, local fellowship director, church liaison, and Haiti church liaison. Each role will be filled respectively by Reginald Joseph, Jackson Voltaire, Gregoire St. Louis, Joel Lamour, and Wadler Jules.
Pastor Jean Doret shared that being faithful in family life meant encouraging healthy communication and eliminating anything that interfered in that goal. Pastor Duthene Joseph spoke about being faithful to ministry. He explained that meant taking the role of shepherd of people seriously. Finally, pastor Renaud Balzora, talked about being faithful in partnership to the Florida Baptist Convention. The Convention, he said, exists to bring churches together to carry out the Great Commission. He encouraged churches to be faithful in giving to their churches, the FBC and the Cooperative Program.
Close to 200 pastors and church leaders attended the meeting and the dinner.