Dennis Mitchell, executive director of the National Association of African American Fellowship of the SBC, has agreed to partner with Georgia Baptists as a consultant.
The purpose for his involvement, Mitchell told The Index, is “to help African American churches more effectively engage in Georgia Baptist work and Georgia Baptist churches to have a greater appreciation of African-American churches.”
Mitchell, who served as pastor of Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur from December 2007-August 2016, first became familiar with Georgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. from their days at the North American Mission Board.
“It was the [Home Mission Board] back then,” he said. “He was in evangelism and I was in church planting. When the HMB morphed into NAMB, Thomas became a senior director of evangelism and I became a senior director of church planting.”
Transitioning to executive director of NAAF in 2017 brought Mitchell into a leadership role over some 4,000 Southern Baptist churches with majority African American memberships. Mitchell’s work with Georgia Baptists will be like one he currently has with NAMB as an “ambassador.”
“Kevin Ezell asked a number of African American pastors to help churches see the benefit and work that happens through the Cooperative Program,” Mitchell said. “We help build that connection.”
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Source: Baptist Press