Ronnie Parrott, pastor of Christ Community Church in Huntersville, N.C., and president of the 2020 N.C. Pastors’ Conference, announced that he has appointed Clint Darst, pastor of King’s Cross Church in Greensboro, as vice president. Attendees of the 2018 N.C. Pastors’ Conference voted to enable Parrott to appoint a vice president since no nominations were made for the 2020 role.
Parrott described Darst as a “proven church planter” and a “young leader in our cooperative Baptist work.”
Darst served as the lead pastor of Freedom Church in Lincolnton from 2013-17. Prior to that, he was a church planting intern and evangelism director at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh and director for Campus Outreach in the Piedmont-Triad area.
He and his wife, Rachel, have three children. Freedom Church sent the Darsts and other families to start King’s Cross in the summer of 2017.
The church launched with a core team of 14 people but now averages 165 in Sunday worship. Darst described the church as multi-generational and multi-ethnic, reporting 16 baptisms since its founding.
“Clint’s leadership in pastoral ministry and his commitment to the great commission gives him the credibility to serve in this important role,” said Parrott. “I’m grateful for Clint and his willingness to serve our convention in this way.”
Alongside Parrott and Darst, Zack Williams will help lead the N.C. Pastors’ Conference as the secretary-treasurer for 2019-2020. He was elected in 2018 to serve a two-year term.
Chip Hannah, pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Whiteville, is president of the 2019 N.C. Pastors’ Conference and Jonathan Blaylock, pastor of West Canton Baptist Church in Canton, is vice president. This year’s event will be held Nov. 10-11 in conjunction with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.