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National representative candidate Mike Hess took questions from conferees on Wednesday afternoon. In a session lasting 80 minutes, Hess fielded 30 questions on a broad range of topics pertaining to ministry, theology, his life and background, and his vision for the association’s future.

“I want to say thank you to the search committee for their exceptional work, thoroughness, and the time they invested in bringing us to this point today,” said Don Shirk, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Batavia, N.Y., toward the end of the session. “Thank you for bringing to us not just a good candidate, but I think a truly exceptional candidate.”

The confirmation vote for Mike Hess will take place in the annual business meeting on Thursday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m.