Ky. leader to be 1st VP nominee
Todd Deaton, Baptist Press
May 13, 2009

Ky. leader to be 1st VP nominee

Ky. leader to be 1st VP nominee
Todd Deaton, Baptist Press
May 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky pastor John Mark Toby will be

nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during

the June 23-24 annual meeting at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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John Mark Toby

Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky.,

since 1999, currently is president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He will

be nominated by Kevin Smith, pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in

Louisville and assistant professor of church history at Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary.

“I want to nominate Brother Toby because he is a fine

representative of a Kentucky Baptist and a Southern Baptist,” Smith told the

Western Recorder, newsjournal of the Kentucky convention.

“He is obviously supportive of the state convention as demonstrated

by his volunteer service in a variety of positions, culminating with his

election as president last November,” said Smith, who served as KBC first vice

president in 2007.

“Additionally, (Toby’s) church has been a regular supporter

of the Cooperative Program and other state and national offerings,” Smith

noted. “He has a good working relationship with a broad cross section of

Baptists and he has a gracious spirit. On top of this, he leads his church on

short-term missions trips and serves as a (Kentucky) National Guard chaplain.

On many levels, he is a fine Christian leader.”

Information from the 2008 Annual Church Profile (ACP) for

Beacon Hill Baptist Church lists 24 baptisms and primary worship service

attendance of 513. The church gave $132,257, or 15 percent, through the

Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $882,807.

According to the ACP, the church also received $23,736 for

the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $7,768 for

the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

Toby, a member of the Kentucky National Guard since 1983, is

an endorsed chaplain of the North American Mission Board, supervising four

chaplain unit ministry teams that minister to 1,645 soldiers. He has served as

a Task Force New Orleans chaplain in relief and recovery operations for victims

of Hurricane Katrina and is a volunteer chaplain at Lake Cumberlands Regional



NOTE — Deaton is editor of the Western Recorder, Kentucky Baptists’