|Two men have been executive director-treasurer of the executive committee in recent years: James N. Griffith (1981-1993) and J. Robert White (1993-present). In 1981, the Program of Language Missions was upgraded to departmental status with the rapid growth and involvement in this special ministry of the state missions program. The debt on the Baptist Center was paid off in 1983. In 1984, the new Searcy S. Garrison Auditorium at Georgia Baptist Assembly, Toccoa, was completed. Built with existing funds and completed debt-free, the new structure replaces the old auditorium and seats about 1,100 persons. Six years later a hotel was completed at Toccoa, containing one hundred bedrooms and eleven conference rooms. The assembly can now accommodate up to 1,000 people. In 1985, the Program of Christian Ministries was upgraded to departmental status as Georgia Baptists sought to meet ever-increasing demands of church and community missions needs. A new Royal Ambassador Camp, Camp Kaleo, was constructed near Forsyth and opened its doors in 1987 to young men and boys for missions education and training. The following year Georgia Baptists provided a new building for the first Southern Baptist alcohol-drug rehabilitation center for men. The Penfield Christian Home dormitory in Greene County houses twenty-five clients for an eight-week program. Both Camp Kaleo and the Penfield Christian Home were constructed primarily by volunteer labor, a growing stewardship ministry of Baptist Men in Georgia. In March 1989, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing replaced the former diploma school of nursing and admitted its first students on an accredited baccalaureate degree. Partnerships were established for varying periods of time with Liberia, Panama, Connecticut, and Germany.
At the conclusion of the Griffith administration, a retrospective appraisal of his thirteen years in office revealed that the GBC had become the top percentage contributor to the SBC's Cooperative Program, that the state missions offering had more than tripled in its amount, that the state mission program had correspondingly expanded, and that significant advances in church planting and language missions had been accomplished. From 1981 to 1992, GBC churches grew from 2,977 to 3,282. Membership increased unsteadily from 1,135,497 to 1,256,562. Missions gifts expanded from $32,018,572 to $66,969,215, and peaked in 1991 at $67,076,170.
Since 1993 J. Robert White has directed Georgia Baptist state programs and ministries. Two long-time Georgia Baptist leaders have recently been honored. The original hotel at the Georgia Baptist Assembly was named for Bernard King, while Camp Kaleo's property was enlarged and the new activities building named for R. Eugene Dailey. The Christian Index experienced editorial changes as Jack Harwell was followed briefly by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and in 1993 by William T. Neal III. In 1994, the GBC in session at Macon passed a historic resolution on race relations which urged that we "seek reconciliation between black and white Americans by seeking forgiveness for the sins of our heritage, and ourselves . . . ." Mission partnerships have been initiated with Alaska and the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association In 1994, the convention included 3,314 churches with 1,271,868 members. Missions gifts reached an all-time annual high of $69,062,806.