Pensacola pastor to nominate N.C. pastor for SBC first VP
Feb 28, 2014
By K. ALLAN BLUME

PENSACOLA (BR)— Ted Traylor, senior pastor of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola announced that he will nominate Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., for the office of first vice-president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) when Baptists meet in Baltimore, Md., June 10-11.

“Clint is a gracious role model in many areas,” Traylor said. “He is a pastor/preacher that expounds the scripture week by week to his people. He leads his church to be generous in Great Commission giving and going, and he leads Hickory Grove in numerous compassion ministries in the Charlotte area.”

Pressley currently serves as vice-president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference and is the vice-chairman of the trustees for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He is a graduate of Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, La. Pressley is currently completing the doctor of ministry program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.  He has also served churches in Alabama and Mississippi.

Traylor said, “It has been my joy to get to know Clint and Connie Pressley in the past several years. I am convinced he will serve Southern Baptists in a Christ-honoring fashion. It will be my joy and honor to nominate him in June.”

Hickory Grove is one of the largest churches in North Carolina with over 17,000 members. They have five worship services weekly on two campuses plus two Hispanic services. The church operates a Christian school with over 940 students on the main campus.

Twenty-one of their members are now serving overseas through the International Mission Board (IMB), and they have sent out four North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionaries. The church is a partner with Toronto, Canada through SEND North America, and they have partnerships with church plants in Providence R.I. and Pittsburg, Pa.

“I love the Southern Baptist Convention,” Pressley said. “I’m thankful for the work of NAMB and IMB, and I want to keep supporting the convention. I want to see more younger guys getting excited about the work of our convention and how we do missions – whether it’s in North America or around the world. I think we do it as good as anyone.”

Traylor’s announcement comes a week after Albert Mohler announced his intention to nominate Ronnie Floyd of Springdale, Ark. as the next president of the SBC.

K. Allan Blume is the editor of the Biblical Recorder, the newsjournal of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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