Allan Blume, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, was elected to a rare third term as president of the board of the Baptist State Convention during the board meeting Jan. 27 at Caraway Conference Center.
Blume, in his fourth year as a board member, was elected by acclamation, as was Cindy Stevens for a second term as vice president. Stevens is from Raleigh where she is wife of the pastor of Cross Culture Church.
The 100-member Board of Directors acts for the Convention between annual sessions and meets three times annually. From the board an Executive Committee is drawn and consists of the chairmen of seven board committees, presidents of three councils, the three Convention officers, president of the North Carolina Baptist Men, representative of the directors of missions association and four at-large members.
Committee chairmen are: Business services, David Treadway; church planting and Missions Development, Todd Brady; Communications, James Horton; Congregational Services, Lee Pigg; Evangelization, Aaron Wallace. Chairmen of the budget and articles and bylaws committees will be named later by Blume.
Council presidents are: Christian Higher Education, Joel Stephens; Christian Social Services, Scott Eanes; Christian Life and Public Policy, Greg Barefoot.
Kelton Hinton of Johnston Association, represents directors of missions. Dale Duncan represents Baptist Men.
Convention officers are Rick Speas, Ed Yount and Mark Harris.
Four at-large members elected from the board are: Bobby Blanton, Cornelius; Ann Beck, Hendersonville; Eric Cook, Monroe and Joe Denson, Charlotte.
Blume said after the meeting that he agreed to serve another year as chair to lend “stability” to what has been significant transition during his tenure. Blume has been board chair for 24 of the 33 months that Milton Hollifield has been executive director-treasurer.
Together they’ve faced the change in relationship with the Convention of the five colleges, Baptist Retirement Homes and Woman’s Missionary Union. The articles and bylaws are halfway through significant revisions and income missed budget by nearly 12 percent last year.
“With the transitional times we’ve experienced I’ve had so many leaders, pastors and others encourage me to stay on,” Blume said. “I’d rather be serving more in my church, and I’m willing for others to do it, but I was encouraged by others to help during the changes.”