Willie McLaurin has been named vice president for Great Commission relations and mobilization at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee — a new position created to maximize resources and Gospel impact at the EC.
“Willie McLaurin is a highly relational, disciplined, gifted and growing leader,” said Ronnie Floyd, EC president and CEO. “At 46 years of age, he is a powerful preacher that inspires people to follow Christ passionately. Willie loves people, and it is more than evident when you are around him.
“We believe he has been prepared uniquely for this role on our team and he will be able to join us in calling all Southern Baptists to reach every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation. The first priority we will have together is to hire an executive director of African American relations and mobilization.” Floyd said.
McLaurin, who will begin his work with the Executive Committee on Jan. 2, 2020, has served as special assistant to the executive director at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board in Franklin, Tenn., since 2005.
“Willie has served Tennessee Baptists well as a member of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board team for nearly 15 years,” Tennessee Missions Board executive director Randy Davis told Baptist Press. “His blend of caring heart and compassion, competency and character, attention to detail and ability to accomplish a given task is unparalleled. As an SBC leader stated to me recently, the Great Commission culture created within the network of churches here in our state is desired around the country. We have that culture in Tennessee because of focused and faithful staff like Willie McLaurin.”
McLaurin is the author of the book “Which Race Are You Running? Keeping Life in Perspective” and is the co-chair of the Southern Baptist Convention Second Chair Network.
As vice president for Great Commission relations and mobilization, McLaurin will implement Cooperative Program and stewardship education, work to strengthen relationships and promote increased giving among Southern Baptist churches, develop strategies to strengthen relationships with multiple demographic groups within the SBC and provide oversight and assistance to the executive directors of church relations and mobilization for Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans and of church affiliations.
K. Marshall Williams Sr., senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, said in comments to Baptist Press, “I was elated to learn of my beloved friend Willie McLaurin’s appointment as vice president of the SBC Executive Committee!”
“He is an authentic and anointed man of God who loves his family and the flock of God,” Williams noted. “He will lead and serve in polity and practicum with confident, consistent, Christocentric conviction and clarity, exalting the claims and the mission of our Christ. I believe Willie McLaurin will be a prophetic voice and an empathetic blessing in uniting us as Kingdom citizens in these difficult days.”
A native of North Carolina, McLaurin holds a master of divinity degree from the Duke University School of Divinity and an undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University.
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Source: Baptist Press