Update (May 20): Bennie Smith, a deacon from New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky., will nominate Jared Moore for president at the SBC Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
NEWS | Kentucky pastor Jared Moore announced this week he will allow himself to be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination’s June meeting in Baltimore. Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky., currently is the SBC’s second vice president.
In a post on his blog and SBC Voices, Moore listed four reasons he’s willing to serve: He wants to serve Southern Baptists, represent rural Southern Baptists, promote unity in the SBC, and promote the Cooperative Program.
“I was saved in a rural Southern Baptist church, and I’ve primarily served rural Southern Baptists ever since,” Moore wrote. “Where I live now, the nearest gas station is 7 miles away. My church is a small church made up of about 60 people. They’re a loving, caring, godly group of people…I want to represent Southern Baptists like the ones I serve on a daily basis who may not have the opportunity to attend the convention or serve at the convention level.”
Moore joins Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, in the election to succeed current SBC President Fred Luter. Fellow Kentucky pastor Paul Sanchez will nominate Moore, and Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will nominate Floyd.