Mark Hunnicutt has withdrawn from running for the office of second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Hunnicutt is the associate pastor of ministries at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville.
In an email to the editor of the Biblical Recorder, Hunnicutt cited multiple personal concerns that led him to withdraw. He called it “a total timing issue.” He said his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and his father's illness has progressed rapidly in recent months. He said his family plans to dedicate more energy to caring for him at this time.
Mark Hunnicutt, associate pastor of ministries at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, has withdrawn his name from the race for Baptist State Convention second vice president. He was running against Marc Sanders, senior pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek.
Hunnicutt also added that he has been occupied with his own health issues in recent months. He said he continues to move forward after recovering from a successful battle with cancer.
“I feel 100 percent better,” Hunnicutt said. “I’ve hit the ground serving at Mud Creek Baptist Church.
“… I want to focus on some of my local church priorities and catch up with our growth over this past year. I feel completely at peace about my decision knowing that Marc Sanders is running for second vice president. He is a qualified candidate and will serve us well.”
Hunnicutt expressed a desire to become more involved in “serving with North Carolina Baptists this coming year,” including planned mission trips to Cuba and Kenya.
Sanders, senior pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek, now runs unopposed for the office of second vice president.
Hunnicutt’s departure from the race for the office of second vice president leaves only one other contested race for the office of president between C.J. Bordeaux, pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham, and Bobby Blanton, pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville.
Timmy D. Blair Sr., this year’s current second vice president and senior pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier, plans to run for the first vice president spot.
The Biblical Recorder hosted a BSC presidential forum between Blanton and Bordeaux in September. See video of the discussion.