Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference, according to an announcement by Texas pastor Gregg Matte.
Matte, pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, told Baptist Press today (March 7) Wood “has shined with integrity, love and wisdom” through more than 20 years at his current pastorate.
“With the Pastors’ Conference and Southern Baptist Convention being in Birmingham for 2019, he is the right choice to lead us in his hometown,” said Matte, a former Pastors’ Conference president. “Most importantly, Dr. Wood understands the joys and challenges we face as pastors and will plan a conference that inspires our hearts with great theology and application.”
Current first vice chairman of the North American Mission Board trustees, Wood has served on church staffs in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. Prior to entering ministry, he had eight years of business experience with AT&T Information Systems and South Central Bell in Alabama.
This year’s Pastors’ Conference, which will feature messages from key leaders and music and worship, will be June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas preceding the SBC’s June 12-13 annual meeting there.
Matte called Wood “a man worthy of following, an example in rightly dividing the Word of truth along with shepherding the flock well in the daily tasks of the local church.”
“Danny and I have been friends for over a decade,” Matte said. “I’ve spoken in his church and often listen to him via podcasts. He has led his church in Cooperative Program and missions giving to the extent that Shades Mountain is numbered among the top churches in Alabama year after year. While 25 percent of their giving goes outside the walls of their church to missions, they are more than just a generous church — they are also a sending church.
“With 35 mission trips a year including 1,300 people, serving as the lead church with NAMB’s Send efforts in New York City, while also having one of the best special needs ministries in their state, along with adopting local schools for ministry, Shades Mountain Baptist with Dr. Wood as their pastor are fulfilling Acts 1:8 to a degree we can all be thankful for,” Matte said.
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Source: Baptist Press