Baptist and Reflector
MILLINGTON — David Leavell will be nominated as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention during the Summit, scheduled for Nov. 12-15 at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville.
Charles Fowler, pastor of Germantown Baptist Church, Germantown, recently announced plans to nominate Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church, Millington.
Fowler described Leavell as an “excellent preacher and evangelist” who “loves our denomination.”
Leavell currently serves as a director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and was elected TBC vice president in 2014. He also is a member of the 2017 Committee on Resolutions for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, set for June 13-14 in Phoenix, and a trustee of New Orleans (La.) Baptist Theological Seminary where his late father, Landrum P. Leavell II, served as president from 1975-94.
Prior to becoming pastor at FBC, Millington, in 2009, Leavell was pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, for eight years. “He understands who we are and that’s important,” Fowler said.
“More broadly, he has been involved in Baptist life in multiple ways that uniquely qualify him to serve in this role for this season,” he added.
“I’m honored to be nominated as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention,” Leavell told the Baptist and Reflector. “If elected, I will seek to encourage pastors and churches to reach 50,000 baptisms a year. Tennessee needs Jesus and we have the Good News! John 3:16 is never out of date. Let’s go and tell.”
First Baptist Church, Millington, gave $120,000, or 4.6 percent of its undesignated receipts, through the Cooperative Program in 2016. The church is increasing its giving this year to $138,000, according to a church official.