Bobby Blanton, pastor of
Lake Norman Baptist Church, was elected president of the Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina (BSC) board of directors during the directors’
first meeting Jan. 25 at Caraway Conference Center.
He succeeds Allan Blume,
pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, who led the board for three
“My predecessor lifted the
bar so high,” Blanton said when accepting the gavel. “I can’t tell you how much
I respect and appreciate the work of brother Allan Blume.”
Blanton has been pastor at
Lake Norman for 13 years. The church has grown from 250 to 1,400 during his
He was nominated for the office by Stan Welch, pastor of West Asheville
Baptist Church and former Baptist State Convention president.
“With your prayerful support
and patient encouragement we can proceed down the path that brother Allan and
others like him have charted for us,” Blanton said.
Before he started presiding,
he asked current BSC President Ed Yount to pray for him, asking wisdom and
courage and constant awareness that “in conducting our business our purpose is
that boys and girls, men and women, moms and dads will be led to the Lord