Two names have been announced as nominees for North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference officers. Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, announced he will nominate Matt Capps as president elect of the group at its meeting Nov. 13-14 prior to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting.
Capps, senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex since June 2015, began his ministry as an intern at Hickory Grove, his home church.
He served as one of the pastors at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, the brand manager for The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources and a teaching pastor at The Fellowship in Nashville, Tenn.
He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and is currently completing a doctor of ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of one book, Hebrews: A 12-Week Study (Crossway, 2015). He has written for the Biblical Recorder and a variety of websites and magazines. He and his wife, Laura, have three children.
Fairview has an average worship attendance of approximately 300 people. The church gives 8 percent of undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program. They engage in mission trips and partnerships both internationally and domestically each year.
Pressley said, “Matt is a man I trust. He loves the gospel, he loves the convention and is fully aware of what goes on at the state and national levels.
“I think he will do a tremendous job serving our pastors. He has served churches of all sizes, and he has seen church from all sides – as a staff member, pastor and denominational employee.”
In a similar announcement, Marty Jacumin, senior pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh, announced he will nominate Chris Griggs as vice-president elect of the pastors’ conference.
Since 2005 Griggs has served as senior pastor of Denver Baptist Church in Denver. He has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, a master of divinity from SEBTS and a doctor of ministry from SEBTS. He currently serves as a trustee of the seminary.
Griggs and Denver Baptist are active in mission partnerships with the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board.
The church has an average Sunday worship attendance above 500. He is a regular instructor for the Tar Heel Leadership Network.
He is married to Tiffany, and they have three children.
Jacumin said, “I have known Chris for more than 10 years and have had the privilege to serve with him as a trustee at Southeastern Seminary. We worked together with the academic subcommittee, and I have experienced firsthand his love for the Lord and the church. He loves pastors and will be a great support to the president if elected.”