West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists Elect Youngest-Ever President

“We have a Savior to glorify,” Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board charged West Virginia Baptists at their annual meeting. “And I encourage you, be faithful with your possessions. Be faithful with the places God would have you to go. Be faithful in helping others to grow. Disciple them.” WVCSB photo

Messengers at the 49th annual meeting of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) elected 26-year-old Mason Ballard, pastor/planter of Resurrection Church in Charleston as 30th convention president.

“Your Cooperative Program investment in Mason Ballard is something you all should be proud of because he is reaping great fruit through the power of the Lord,” Ed Goodman, director of missions for the Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association, told messengers during his nomination speech.

Casting vision for 2020, Ballard shared, “My hope for the WVCSB is that we’d find unity in our diversity — that we’d find our unity less in where we are, and more in where we’re going. To Kingdom come.”

173 messengers and 28 guests attended the meeting held Nov. 7-8 at the Church at Martinsburg in Martinsburg.

Multiply

The annual meeting and pastors’ conference shared the theme, “Multiply,” inspired by 2 Corinthians 9:10, “Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

Messengers were reminded God not only desires to multiply faith and surrender in them, but to multiply His Kingdom through them — more disciples, leaders and churches.

“We have a Savior to glorify,” special guest Johnny Hunt charged. “And I encourage you, be faithful with your possessions. Be faithful with the places God would have you to go. Be faithful in helping others to grow. Disciple them.”

Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), spoke at both pastors’ conference and annual meeting, as well as a question and answer dinner for lead pastors.

Other annual meeting and pastors’ conference speakers included Jeffrey Bingham, dean of the School of Theology and professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Jeff Canterbury, WVCSB pastors’ conference president and pastor of First Baptist Church Hinton, W.Va.; Paul Harris, WVCSB president and pastor of Abundant Hope Baptist Church, Barboursville, W.Va.; and Adam Goodwin, pastor of Huntington Community Church, Huntington, W.Va.

Music was led by Mercy Hill Worship from Mercy Hill Church in Greensboro, N.C. Catherine Renfro from NAMB and Alana Opdahl from Oasis of Hope led the Ministers’ Wives Gathering prior to the annual meeting.

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Source: Baptist Press