W.Va. Baptists Executive Director Search

The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists search committee appointed to recommend Bill Henard’s successor as WVCSB executive director has convened, drafted a job description, and set an October 31, 2019 deadline for receiving resumes from interested applicants.

C.J. Adkins, pastor of Westmoreland Baptist Church in Huntington and WVCSB second vice president, will serve as chairman of the 15-member search committee comprised of state leaders and laypeople from all ten associations across the state. Other members include:

—Ed Goodman, Upper Ohio Baptist Association director of missions, vice chairman
—Mason Ballard, pastor of Resurrection Church, Charleston
—Dennis Cherry, Allegheny Baptist Association director of missions
—Bryan Dugger, pastor of Westview Baptist Church, Martinsburg
—Nathan Ertel, student pastor, Old Fields Baptist Church, Old Fields, WVCSB first vice president
—Rick Gannon, pastor of Borderland Baptist Church, Williamson
—Paul Harris, pastor of Abundant Hope Baptist Church, Barboursville, WVCSB president
—Jim Higginson, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Moundsville
—Kevin Howerton, pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, Princeton
—Don Knotts, pastor of Salt and Light Southern Baptist Church, Clarksburg
—Jim Messenger, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, West Union, WVCSB recording secretary
—Lynn Sommerville, Southside Southern Baptist Church, Parkersburg
—Randy Spurgeon, pastor of Ansted Baptist Church, Ansted
—Jim Strawderman, pastor of Southern Baptist of Philippi, Philippi

“This committee has shown great unity in our purpose,” said Adkins, adding the committee is “praying for wisdom and the clear guidance of the Holy Spirit in leading us to the man that God has chosen to lead our state convention.”

The WVCSB is asking Southern Baptists to help them in that endeavor by sharing the executive director national search through their personal, print, web, and social channels before Oct. 31.

Interested applicants can learn more about the position and submit their resume to the WVCSB search committee for consideration online by visiting wvcsb.org/execsearch.

The committee is also accepting resumes through mail:

Search Committee
WV Convention of Southern Baptists
28 Mission Way
Scott Depot, WV 25560

The executive search landing page states, “We celebrate God’s past faithfulness, but believe West Virginia’s best days are ahead” and charges, “it’s time to pull together, expect great things of God, and attempt great things for God.”