A pastor serving in Dublin has added his name to the race for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).
Cameron McGill, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dublin, sent an email Sept. 26 to the Biblical Recorder saying that the decision came “after much prayer and seeking the will of the Lord.”
The announcement came shortly after the Recorder learned that one of the two candidates for the office had withdrawn. Mark Hunnicutt, associate pastor of ministries at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, cited multiple personal concerns in his decision. (See story.) The other candidate is Marc Sanders, senior pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek. They will be nominated Nov. 11-12 at the BSC annual meeting in Greensboro.
McGill has led Dublin FBC for 13 years. He was saved at age 8 and surrendered to a call to vocational ministry at 15.
“The past 24 years have been truly amazing … just to see God at work in so many ways,” McGill said. “I love the work of our convention and am excited about the direction the BSC is heading.”
Emphasizing the Great Commission Partnerships and the Seven Pillars of Ministry, McGill said N.C. Baptists “are sending out the message across the state that we as North Carolina Baptists are serious about passionately pursuing the core biblical principles for evangelism and discipleship.”
As a pastor, McGill said he is involved not only in the ministry of the church but the Bladen Baptist Association as well. “I see the work of the local association as not only vital, but paramount in the days to come,” he said. “I believe associations must become the link connecting pastors, churches and the work of the BSC as a whole.”
This year McGill said each member of Dublin FBC was challenged to take part in a mission experience at some level. “Our people accepted this challenge and have truly become a people on mission for the Lord in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth,” he said.
Through the BSC’s Office of Great Commission Partnerships Dublin FBC has adopted two churches in the past two years. One of the churches is in Queens, N.Y., and the other in Moldova.
“These partnerships have changed my life, my family and our church in ways that can only be described by saying ‘Ephesians 3:20,’” said McGill, who has been married to his wife Tiffany for 18 years. “God has done so much more … exceeding abundantly … more than anything we could have ever imagined.”
During the last five decades Dublin FBC has added more than 500 members, “a true miracle of God” since the town has only about 250 residents, he said.
“We have taken many bold steps of faith in our tenure here to begin new ministries to reach our community, the latest of which will be the launching of a second campus 15 miles away in White Lake, next Easter,” McGill said.
McGill called himself a “progressive conservative” pastor saying, “I believe it’s not enough to just ‘believe in the inerrancy,’ but we must live out what we believe if we’re going to change this world for Christ.”
The father of four children, McGill has served on the BSC Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and various other roles including Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry.
“The more I learn about the work of the convention, the more aware I become about avenues for our congregation to ‘plug into’ areas of effective ministry and ways that we can become systematically involved in the work already taking place through the BSC,” he said.
He will be nominated by Richard Hicks, interim pastor at Beulah Baptist Church in Calabash.
For more about Marc Sanders, who announced his candidacy in May along with other candidates, visit here.
In the BSC presidential race, Bobby Blanton and C.J. Bordeaux will face each other at the BSC annual meeting Nov. 11-12. Bordeaux did not announce his candidacy until July. (See story.) Timmy D. Blair is the lone candidate for first vice president. Nominations for each of these offices may also be made from the floor.