COLUMBIA, Md (BaptistLife)— Will McRaney, former Florida Baptist Convention church-planting and evangelism strategist/director and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor, was named the new executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.
The search team consisting of Charlie Brown, associate pastor of Dunkirk (Md.) Baptist Church; BCM/D president, Robert Anderson, pastor of Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md.; past convention president Ken Stalls, pastor of South End Baptist Church in Frederick, Md.; Bernard Fuller, pastor of New Song Bible Fellowship in Bowie, Md., and Jim Jeffries, pastor of LaVale (Md.) Baptist Church, "wholeheartedly" recommended him to the General Mission Board.
McRaney, 50, sees his new role as an executive missional strategist.
“While there are organizational and legal matters that impact our churches, our primary purpose as churches and the BCM/D is to be on mission in expanding God’s Kingdom for His glory,” McRaney said. “I am excited about the journey I will share with our churches and their leaders.”
Since 2011, he has served as team strategist for the English-speaking church planting team for the Florida Baptist Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. Before that, he directed the convention's evangelism strategy department.
McRaney’s “work started in evangelism and finalized in church planting—two of the Florida Baptist Convention's top priorities,” said John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention. “He has proven to be a wonderful and productive servant of the Lord. He has a great work ethic and a very bright mind. Dr. McRaney will do well in his new assignment leading Maryland-Delaware Baptists. We will miss him."
He moved back to his native Florida to return to field ministry after weathering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at New Orleans Seminary. At the seminary, he served as professor of evangelism, occupying the Max and Bonnie Thornhill Chair of Evangelism, 2001-2007, and the Cecil B. Day Chair of Church Planting, 1996-2000. He taught multiple evangelism and church planting courses for master of divinity students as well as professional and research doctoral candidates.
Originally from Dade City, Fla., McRaney is the co-founder and senior consultant for the Ministry Enhancement Group, which exists to increase the effectiveness of Christian leaders, church planters and churches by providing them with biblically based and cutting-edge methods, strategies, and training that will enable them to lead the church of the 21st Century.
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