Robert Tenery announced his intention to nominate Neal Jackson as president-elect of the N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference, Nov. 10-11 at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Jackson is pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Bennett, where he has served since 2009.
“I am nominating Neal Jackson because he has a pastor’s heart and considers his calling to the pastorate as the high calling of God in his life,” Tenery said.
“He still believes in going out into the highways and hedges and bringing them in.”
According to Tenery, the Beulah church has experienced unusual growth and is now building a larger worship center to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation.
“He believes in outreach and the services of his church are now broadcast over 14 television stations,” Tenery said.
“They are strong supporters of North Carolina and Southern Baptist Convention mission causes. As I have heard him preach, I have always been impressed with his consuming desire to preach the Word of God and exalt our Savior.
“I believe that a man of his commitment and passion for the gospel can be a great influence for good and for God in our State.”
Tenery is the retired pastor of Burkemont Baptist Church in Morganton and was an active leader in the conservative resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jackson will run against Micheal Pardue, who announced his candidacy in June.
Pardue is pastor of First Baptist Church Icard and will be nominated by Marty Jacumin, pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church of Raleigh.
The Pastors’ Conference president is elected two years in advance. Last year Josh Phillips, pastor of Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, was elected for 2014.
This year’s winner will serve as president for the 2015 conference.