Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, in Hustonville, Ky., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 10-11 annual meeting in Baltimore.
In a May 5 blog post announcing his willingness to be nominated, Moore, the current SBC second vice president, stated he wants to represent rural Southern Baptists. Moore will be nominated by Paul Sanchez, pastor of Willow Baptist Church in Brooksville, Ky.
"I was saved in a rural Southern Baptist Church, and I've primarily served rural Southern Baptists ever since," Moore wrote. "Where I live now, the nearest gas station is 7 miles away. My church is a small church made up of about 60 people. They're a loving, caring, godly group of people. Some of the godliest people I've met in my ministry worship here … I want to represent Southern Baptists like the ones I serve on a daily basis who may not have the opportunity to attend the convention or serve at the convention level."
Moore is the second announced nominee for SBC president, joining Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd.
The 33-year-old Moore noted he will accept the nomination because of his desires to serve Southern Baptists, promote unity in the convention and promote the Cooperative Program.
New Salem, by a congregational vote, gives 16 percent of its undesignated receipts to CP and another 3 percent to its local association.
"Apart from cooperating with other SBC churches through the Cooperative Program, our small church could not support as many ministries on our own," Moore wrote. "I realize the Cooperative Program and the ministries it supports are not perfect, but New Salem Baptist Church believes in the Cooperative Program. I hope to encourage churches to begin, continue, or increase their support of the Cooperative Program. It's still the best way available for supporting the equipping of Southern Baptist ministers to take the gospel locally and abroad, and to train other Southern Baptists to do the same."
Regarding his goal of promoting unity in the SBC, Moore wrote, "I think Traditionalists, Calvinists, and everything in between in the SBC can work together. Since the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of different stripes have been able to work together. There's no reason to divide beyond the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. I believe we'll accomplish far more together than we will if we're divided.
"In order to accomplish such unity, we must accurately represent what one another believe, lovingly debate, and line up behind Scripture. Our disagreements should not be ignored, but they also should not divide us. Hopefully, this year will be one of renewal as Calvinists and Traditionalists reach across the aisle for the sake of the gospel, and for the sake of the future of the SBC," he stated.
Moore holds a bachelor of arts from Trinity College of the Bible, a master of arts in religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a master of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctor of philosophy student at Southern majoring in systematic theology.
He has authored 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity that Need to Be Tipped and The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through the Final Four Harry Potter Movies.
Moore and his wife Amber have three children, Caden, Ava and Ian.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention's news service.)