WHEREAS, Christians are commanded by God’s Word to do everything peacefully and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40); and
WHEREAS, Civil authorities serve as ministers of God in preserving peace (Romans 13:4); and
WHEREAS, Certain individuals threatened to disrupt the peacefulness of our assembly during President Merritt’s Convention address on Tuesday morning; and
WHEREAS, The security personnel behaved in a courteous, professional, and measured manner to assure that the meeting remain uninterrupted; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 11-12, 2002, express our sincerest appreciation for the professionalism, sensitivity, and swift intervention of security personnel under the coordination of Captain Lawrence O’Toole, Commander, District 4, Central Patrol Division; Lieutenant Mike Jarvis, Commander of Intelligence Division; and Sergeant Samuel Dotson, Aide to the Chief of Police of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from the St. Louis Airport Police; Jessie McClanahan, Assistant Director of Security, Bob Calderon, Security Manager, and the entire security team of the America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome, including David Jolly, U. S. Secret Service (Ret.), of Mid-America Security Services.