Another candidate has joined the race to lead North Carolina Baptists.
C.J. Bordeaux, senior pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham, will be nominated for president at the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) in November. Bordeaux will run against Bobby Blanton, senior pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville.
“I’ve had the privilege of serving our N.C. Baptist Convention for these past four years as a vice president, and originally I had determined not to seek the office of the president,” Bordeaux said in a statement to the Biblical Recorder. “Through a number of pastors, friends, director of missions and others, including my family and my church, encouraging me to move forward, I have agreed to allow my name to be nominated this November in Greensboro.”
This will be the first time since 2005 that there has been more than one candidate seeking the office of BSC president.
“My heart is to serve our state convention and through that service bring honor and glory to our Lord,” Bordeaux said. “I believe in North Carolina Baptists and pray that our best days are ahead of us.”
Bordeaux will be nominated by Ed Yount, senior pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover. Yount has formerly served as president and vice president of the BSC. He has also served on the BSC Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
“[Bordeaux’s] unique experience in our denomination on a national, state and local level has prepared him well to lead North Carolina Baptists and continue to build upon the excellent foundation that has been laid by Dr. [Mark] Harris,” said Yount, referring to the current BSC president and pastor of First Baptist Charlotte. “We are fortunate to have a man like Dr. Bourdeaux to offer himself for this position of service. I worked with him for several years as a convention officer and I know his heart. He is a servant leader, a man of compelling vision and sterling character. He loves North Carolina Baptists and especially the small church pastor.”
In his released statement, Bordeaux highlighted his church’s strong support of the Cooperative Program and for Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer. Gorman is the eighth church he has served in North Carolina. He received a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Campbell University in Buies Creek, attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a master of theology and doctor of ministry degrees from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Ala.
“The one thing that causes me such great concern is the health of our churches in North Carolina,” Bordeaux said. “Many churches are strong, vibrant and thriving, but many more are not. It would be my prayer that our Convention can be of assistance to new church starts, but also to those churches whose health is not what it should be.”
Officers are elected for a one-year term and may be elected for two consecutive terms.
A May 25 Biblical Recorder story highlighted the other announced candidates for office. Blanton will be nominated for president by Greg Mathis, senior pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville.
There is only one candidate for first vice president. Timmy D. Blair Sr., who is the current second vice president and senior pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier, will be nominated by Stan Welch, senior pastor of West Asheville Baptist Church in Asheville.
For second vice president there are two men who have declared intentions to seek this office: Mark Hunnicutt, associate pastor of ministries at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, and Marc Sanders, senior pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek.
Phil Ortego, senior pastor of Scotts Hill Baptist Church in Wilmington, will nominate Hunnicutt, and Scott Faw, senior pastor of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church in Siler City, will nominate Sanders.
Official nominations will be made at the BSC annual meeting in November, and candidates can be nominated during the meeting from the floor of the meeting hall. This year’s meeting will be Nov. 11-12 at The Sheraton Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.