The newly elected second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was until last month pastor of North Carolina’s largest Baptist church.
Stephen Rummage, former pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, was elected to the SBC office without opposition on June 23. He will become pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., later this month. Before going to Hickory Grove, Rummage was director of the doctor of ministry program and professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.
John Mark Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist
Church in Somerset, Ky., was elected first vice-president, receiving 64
percent of the vote (1,039 votes). Ken Render, pastor of Lakeside
Community Church in St. Clair Shores, Mich., received 35 percent (567
Johnny Hunt was re-elected SBC president with no opposition.