Rob Peters of Weston, Fla. has been called to serve as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem, N.C., effective June 16. The church voted April 28.
Peters was born in Augusta County, Virginia. He completed an accounting degree at Tennessee Tech and immediately enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. While at Southwestern, he worked for the accounting firm Ernst and Young for two years and served in a variety of leadership positions at Sagamore Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He served First Baptist Church Dallas, Texas, as associate to senior pastor for O.S. Hawkins.
In January 2000, the Peters family moved to Weston, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Since then, he has served as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church. As a solo pastor he began the work of church revitalization with approximately 300 attenders. The church grew from 300 to more than 1,100 in worship attendance. Today, the church has seven executive staff members, four directors, and 95 employees in its church and school. The membership comes from more than 60 different nations and has strategic missions partnerships around the world.
In December 2001, Peters completed his D.Min. degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He has authored three books. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children.
Speaking to the Calvary congregation, Peters said; “Wendy and I are anticipating a great time of ministry together in this wonderful and historic church.”
Frederick W. Kremkau, chairman of the pastor search committee, said the search for Calvary’s senior pastor concludes an 18-month process involving 146 candidates and 60 committee meetings.
The Search Committee said in a statement: “Our prayer from the start was that God would lead us down a straight path to His shepherd for Calvary Baptist Church, and that the process would culminate in a confident, unanimous vote without reservation.” Their unanimous vote was on March 26.
Gary Chapman, senior associate pastor of Calvary, has served as the interim pastor of the church since Al Gilbert left to serve on the staff of the North American Mission Board in September 2011.
More information is available on the Calvary Baptist website: http://www.calvarynow.com/welcome-dr-rob-peters