HOUSTON — Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky., will be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) second vice president at the June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston.
Jeff Wright, pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Cookeville, Tenn., wrote on his blog June 3 that he will nominate Moore.
“Jared is passionate about the gospel and committed to the Cooperative Program,” Wright wrote. “Jared’s interest in the SBC stems from his concern that the convention be growing toward greater and greater health.”
Wright noted that Moore’s ministry has been “given to the out-of-the-way places which comprise the bulk of Southern Baptists historically. Over nearly  years and from Baxter, [Tenn.] to Hustonville, [Ky.] (look those places up; not exactly the fashionable sectors to pastor in …) Jared’s life has been given to churches which those eager for fame and career advancement would consider too obscure.”
Wright also took note of Moore’s turn to faith in Christ. “I remember still the day I saw the change of regeneration evidence itself in my friend’s life. At that time I recollect thinking I had never seen such an immediate and radical change in an individual life as I did in Jared’s conversion. As nearly  years have been added to that day I am happy to say the Lord has allowed me to see others whose conversion has been as profound as Jared’s but they are nonetheless extremely rare.”
The 32-year-old Moore wrote on his blog that he will accept the nomination because he wants to represent rural Southern Baptists, support the Cooperative Program and promote unity within the SBC.
“I hope to encourage churches to begin, continue, or increase their support of the Cooperative Program (CP). It’s still the best way available for supporting the equipping of Southern Baptist ministers to take the gospel locally and abroad, and to train other Southern Baptists to do the same,” Moore wrote. “Apart from cooperating with other SBC churches through the Cooperative Program, our small church could not support as many ministries on our own.”
Regarding his hope to promote unity in the SBC, Moore wrote, “I think Traditionalists, Calvinists, and everything in between in the SBC can work together. Since the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of different stripes have been able to work together. There’s no reason to divide beyond the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. I believe we’ll accomplish far more together than we will if we’re divided. Hopefully, this year will be one of renewal as Calvinists and Traditionalists reach across the aisle for the sake of the gospel, and for the sake of the future of the SBC.”
The 284-member church, by a congregational vote, gives 16 percent of its undesignated receipts to the CP. The church recorded a weekly worship attendance of 50 and weekly Sunday school/Bible study/small group attendance of 39. According to the 2011 and 2012 Annual Church Profile reports, the church has had four baptisms.
“I was saved in a rural Southern Baptist Church, and I’ve primarily served rural Southern Baptists ever since,” Moore wrote. “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 holds a master of theology degree in systematic theology and an M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where is enrolled as a systematic theology doctoral student. He also holds a B.A. from Trinity College of the Bible and a master of arts in religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has authored The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through the Final Four Harry Potter Movies.
Moore and his wife Amber have three children, Caden, Ava and Ian.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Baptist Press staff writer Diana Chandler. See SBC 2013 for more about this year’s annual meeting.)