Corey Abney has accepted the call to pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church, an 8,000-member congregation with five campuses in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
The 44-year-old Abney is currently lead pastor of Florence Baptist Church in northern Kentucky, where he has served since 2012.
“I am eager to start serving at Bell Shoals,” Corey said following the church’s unanimous affirming of his call on November 24. “This is a church with a rich history in West Central Florida, and I know that God wants to guide our church toward even better days in the future.”
Florence Baptist, located less than 15 miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, has seen its worship attendance grow by a third under Abney’s leadership. It also started two church plants and established multiple partnerships in northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati during Abney’s tenure. He also led the church to start a second campus as part of a revitalization effort.
Abney has a doctorate in Preaching, Old Testament and New Testament from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Abney and his wife Christina have four children.
Source: Baptist Press