Don McCutcheon, executive leader for evangelization of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), has announced he is taking early retirement effective June 1.
In the March 1 meeting of the BSC Executive Committee at Caraway Conference Center, McCutcheon explained he is the only surviving child of his aging parents, and their declining health requires that he move closer to them in South Carolina.
He added, “My passion to expand and share the Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy (IECS) with other state conventions and nations will require more time away from my convention responsibilities in order to accomplish this dream.”
Milton Hollifield, executive director/treasurer of the BSC, has asked McCutcheon to continue giving leadership for My Hope with Billy Graham outreach this year. N.C. is considered to be a key state in the effectiveness of My Hope. He will also lead IECS seminars for the BSC under a contract arrangement.
Hollifield said, “Don and I were great friends long before he came to work with this convention, and I will miss having him here as a full-time employee. Through his work as executive leader for our evangelization group he has been instrumental in helping many of our churches understand the importance of establishing an intentional strategy for evangelism. … Dr. McCutcheon’s colleagues and I will continue to pray for him as he transitions to a new chapter in life’s journey.”
Opportunities to extend IECS seminars to other states and to other nations have long been part of McCutcheon’s dream. Hollifield underscored the value that will be given to other Baptist state conventions through the expansion of IECS. He believes McCutcheon’s leadership in N.C. “…will continue to bear fruit for years to come.”
In a letter to the BSC Executive Committee and to the employees of the BSC, McCutcheon said, “It has been an honor to serve with the [BSC] staff, the churches and the associations of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The support, acceptance and encouragement each of you has provided for the past seven years has strengthened me. Words cannot describe my deep appreciation for the support you provided during the illness and passing of my dear wife, Kathy. Thank you all so much for your prayers, love and concern.”