Dr. Julius R. Scruggs Presented Key to the City of Omaha
By Toni Demetria Smith, Special Assistant to the President | August 18, 2011
By: Toni Demetria Smith, Special Assistant to the President
New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska, Inc.
Dr. Cedric L. Perkins, President
Omaha, Nebraska – On Tuesday evening August 9, 2011, City of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle presented a proclamation and a key to the city to Rev. Dr. Julius Richard Scruggs President of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. during the 94th Annual Session of the New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska, Inc., Rev. Dr. Cedric L. Perkins, President.
Dr. Scruggs was the guest speaker for the Wade, Williams,
Whittington Scholarship Service honoring the legacy of three great preachers - Pastor
J. C. Wade, Sr. (Salem Baptist Church), Pastor J. H. Whittington (Mt. Nebo
Baptist Church), and Pastor Z. W. Williams (Morning Star Baptist Church and
Prince of Peace Baptist Church). The WWW
Scholarship Service, along with the media ministry proceeds from the DVD sales,
will help towards scholarships to assist New Era youth in continuing their
Dr. Scruggs shared his NBC, USA, Inc. vision with New Era,
the Omaha community, guests from Ames, Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa and the Kansas
City, Missouri surrounding area regarding Kingdom Building and the stewardship
responsibilities pertaining to each pastor and church in order to enhance and
prepare the convention for the future years.
His comments were also helpful regarding the local and foreign mission
work in assisting the tornado victims and others during a disaster. He has shared his message during his
engagements at various member churches, district associations, and state
conventions. His inspirational message
was proclaimed from Genesis 22:1-14, “Lessons Learned from a Loyal Leader”. He reminded us the Lord will provide for us
through the many difficulties and challenges ahead. We must trust God fully and obey Him
Prior to being elected as the seventeenth President of the
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Dr. Scruggs received numerous academic
accolades, authored four books, served on several boards, received numerous
prestigious awards, preached at various locations throughout the nation, and
has been the Senior Pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church for thirty-four
years. He is a much sought after
minister for his biblically-based, doctrinally sound, and life-centered preaching
and teaching. His campaign theme of
“Solidarity with the Savior” has clearly reflected the Christ-centered
ecclesiology that is guiding his administration. The NBC, USA, Inc. is the largest black
Baptist convention. It serves millions
of members from churches, district associations and state conventions across
the continental United States and around the world.
Rev. Dr. Scruggs’ last visit to Omaha was in February 2004 during
the Installation Service for Rev. Cedric L. Perkins, Senior Pastor of Pilgrim
Baptist Church while serving as the Vice President at Large under the Shaw
Administration. Dr. Scruggs was the
former President of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention (President
Emeritus) where Dr. Perkins former pastor of Little Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, Rogersville, Alabama worked closely with him prior to moving to Omaha
from Huntsville, Alabama. Dr.
Perkins is a Board Member at Large for the National Baptist Convention, USA,
Inc., a faculty member for the National Baptist Congress of Christian
Education, Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, and served on the
Scruggs-Young NBC President Committee.
New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska, Inc. was the
Local Host Committee and President Dr. Cedric L. Perkins Local Host Chairman for
the NBC, USA, Inc. Western Region Conference May 11-13, 2011 in Omaha. Dr. John
A. Reed, Jr., Vice President Western Region and Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr. Assistant
Vice President Western Region were both in attendance.
New Era will serve as the Local Host Committee for the NBC,
USA, Inc. Western Region Youth Conference in July 2012.
For additional information regarding the New Era Scholarship
or any other New Era activity, please contact the New Era Headquarters Office
at (402) 502-2828.
Photos provided by Bells Photography, LLC. www.bellsphoto.com
The special presentation can be seen on You Tube: http://youtu.be/dyk4FltZ2dc