Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, will be nominated for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina when the Convention meets in annual session in Greensboro Nov. 10-12.
Richard Hicks, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply, has asked to nominate Harris, who felt called to the ministry and away from law school while serving as a semester youth minister at the church were Hicks was pastor in 1987.
Harris grew up in College Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem where his mother led music until they called a fulltime music minister, and his father was a deacon. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He was pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church 11 years, pastor of Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. for almost six years and has been pastor in Charlotte for 3 and half years.
Harris considers Hicks his “father in the ministry” because while serving with Hicks at Edgewood Baptist in Winston-Salem while waiting to enter law school at Campbell University in the fall of 1987 Harris felt called to ministry instead.
Harris, a member of the Biblical Recorder board of directors, this fall will finish both his second five-year term on the board of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his second term as moderator of Metrolina Baptist Association.
“I support the work of (BSC Executive Director-treasurer) Milton Hollifield and BSC President Rick Speas,” said Harris. He anticipated current Second Vice President Phil Ortego, pastor of Scotts Hill Baptist Church in Wilmington, to run for first vice president.
The first vice presidency will be vacant because Leland Kerr, called back to Eastside Baptist Church in Shelby, has declined to run for a second one-year term. Current Second Vice President Phil Ortego announced Sept. 18 he will not run for a second term.
First Baptist Charlotte, with 3,400 members, in 2007 gave $250,000 of its $3.5 million undesignated receipts to missions through the Cooperative Program. It reported gifts of $211,451 through the state and SBC missions offerings, and an additional $303,606 in other missions giving.