The current president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) will be nominated for a second term this November.
Michael Smith, director of missions for Carolina Baptist Association, will nominate Steve Scoggins, senior pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Hendersonville for the office during the BSC annual meeting Nov. 11-12 in Greensboro.
“Steve Scoggins has, for years, established a remarkable record in leading churches in Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina,” said Smith in email comments to the Biblical Recorder. “No matter where he has gone, the churches he has served have grown and become vibrant, heathy congregations. Steve’s basic philosophy of loving the Lord, and loving people has been effective in the way he goes about doing both.”
Smith said that same “philosophy of ministry” has catapulted FBC to the top in giving, mission efforts and leadership.
“That same philosophy can be seen in the way Steve has led the state convention this past year as president,” Smith said. “His steadiness, and ability to work with the various people throughout the state, have helped give our convention stability in a very unstable time.”
In comments to the Biblical Recorder, Scoggins noted his church’s strong support for the Cooperative Program (CP).
“Our church has been either first or second in gifts to the CP in North Carolina for over 20 years,” Scoggins said. “The reality of what we are doing matches the principles I have always supported. I have been committed to the principle behind the CP, allowing a balanced way to support all types of great ministries, from reaching the nations, to training ministers, to caring for orphans here at home. This year I have gotten to know our state missionaries and to see their work first hand. All of my surprises have been ‘pleasant surprises.’”
With the theme of “God’s Great Work” for this year’s BSC annual meeting, Scoggins wants “to show N.C. that we are doing the work of both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment through the ministries being supported by the Cooperative Program.”
He said serving a second term would allow him to continue to be a cheerleader for the good work in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and in N.C.
“After serving over 40 years as an SBC pastor, I want to help the next generation be encouraged and effective in their serving the Lord,” Scoggins said.
Micheal Pardue, current BSC first vice president, and Matt Ledbetter, current BSC second vice president, will also be re-nominated. Pardue is pastor of First Baptist Icard in Connelly Springs, and Ledbetter recently became pastor of Creeksville Baptist Church in Conway.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – This story was updated June 29.)