Jack Sammons, associational missionary for Haywood Baptist Association for 13 years, resigned Sept. 15.
Sammons, 67, said he is in good health, is not retiring and is available for fulltime ministry elsewhere. While there is “no sour grapes“ in his resignation, he indicated changes in associational leadership contributed to his decision.
“I still feel called to ministry of some sort,” said the Georgia native who has been in ministry in North Carolina since he entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, from where he graduated in 1977. He earned a doctorate from Southeastern in 1982.
Sammons served Hickory Rock and Franklinton Baptist churches in the Tar River Association before leading First Baptist Church in Canton 1984-1996.
While Haywood Association has been “in the same boat as a lot of other organizations” financially, Sammons said, “We’re beginning to recover.” Several ministries operating under the association’s umbrella are being established as separate entities.
Sammons is available at (828) 648-4981.