By Baptist and Reflector
HENDERSONVILLE – Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, based in Alpharetta, Ga., has been named interim pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church.
The announcement was posted Dec. 4 on Long Hollow Baptist’s website.
Ezell fills the void created by the death of David Landrith who served as pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church from 1997 until his death on Nov. 18 following a bout with cancer.
The website noted that prior to becoming president of the North American Mission Board, Ezell served as senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., a congregation “which experienced a similar story to Long Hollow, growing to seven campuses across two states as God moved in a powerful way.”
The website noted that as interim pastor Ezell would preach in the main weekend worship services, help prepare the church for its next pastor, and provide prayer and encouragement for the church and staff.
In a statement released to the Baptist and Reflector on Dec. 9, Ezell observed that “David Landrith was a very good friend of mine.
“He was one of the most genuine and authentic Christians and pastors I have ever known. I am humbled and honored to serve such a great church during this time of transition,” Ezell said.
Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, observed that Ezell “is a friend and has been a strong encourager of the work of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
“I know that God will use him as an instrument of comfort and healing during this strategic time in the life of Long Hollow,” Davis said.
The TBC leader added that Ezell’s “friendship with Pastor Landrith and the church’s familiarity with Kevin will certainly be great assets during this period of transition.”