Cameron McGill, pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, plans to nominate Roger Barnes as president of the 2021 North Carolina Pastors’ Conference at this November’s meeting in Greensboro.
In an email to the Biblical Recorder, McGill said, “I am honored to nominate a bi-vocational pastor who stands on the Word, stands for his faith, and stands with our convention to be the strongest force in the history of this convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
McGill, a former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, noted that 35 percent of the state’s Baptist churches are served by bi-vocational ministers.
Barnes is the pastor of Moores Creek Baptist Church in Currie. He also serves as the moderator of the Cape Fear Network of Baptist Churches, formerly called Wilmington Baptist Association.
Before coming to Moores Creek five years ago, Barnes served as a minister of music at Forest Hills church in Burgaw for 14 years. He and his wife of 31 years, Wendy, are natives of Wilmington, N.C. They have two adult children and a grandson.
“Roger is a shining example of what a bi-vocational pastor can accomplish, even in a community where neighbors are separated by miles rather than feet and livestock outnumber people 10 to 1,” McGill said. “He is leading his church to a renewed commitment to the Great Commission, to making disciples, and to reaching the nations from this rural crossroads church.”
Barnes is a licensed heating and air conditioning contractor who works in management at CTC Supply Company of Jacksonville, N.C. He is the first announced candidate for the Pastors’ Conference.
The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10-11 at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.