First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida, Says Marcus Hayes Was Rejected as Pastor Because ‘Racial Prejudice Was Introduced Into Our Voting Process’

Marcus Hayes and family First Baptist Naples in the background

This past Sunday, October 27, 2019, Marcus Hayes went with his wife Mandy and their three precious children “in-view-of-a-call” at First Baptist Church, Naples, Florida.

Marcus Hayes, the pastoral candidate presented to FBC by the church’s Pastor Search Committee was rejected as the church’s next pastor.

For the uninformed about Southern Baptist policies and practices, a “view-of-a-call” Sunday is when a visiting pastor preaches to the congregation, and afterwards, the congregation votes on whether or not to hire the visiting pastor.

Pastor Marcus is an outstanding preacher. For the past several years he has been a Campus Pastor at Biltmore Baptist Church in North Carolina. He is also serving on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

FBC Naples is filled with some wonderful Christian people. Their former pastor, Dr. Hayes Wicker, once served as the pastor of Emmanuel Enid.

Why did the church reject Marcus Hayes as their pastor? The staff of FBC Naples explains why in a letter they sent to the congregation this past Monday, October 28, 2019.

“Last week, through social media, texting, phone calls, and emails, racial prejudice was introduced into our voting process.”

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Source: Wade Burleson’s Istoria Ministries Blog