Baptist and Reflector
FRANKLIN — Tennessee Baptist pastor Randy Pressnell has been chosen as the bivocational ministries specialist and Harvest Field 7 team leader for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Pressnell, retired recently as pastor of First Baptist Church, Oneida. He succeeds John Parrott, who retired May 7 after five years of service with the TBMB.
Pressnell has served churches in Tennessee and Kentucky as a vocational and bivocational pastor. He has been active in the association where he has served as pastor and served on the Exeutive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (now Tennessee Baptist Mission Board) for 12 years. He also served as a college administrator and professor.
“I have known Randy Pressnell for over 30 years. We served as pastors together in northeast Tennessee, pursued our seminary education together and raised our families during those years,” said Steve Holt, church services director for the TBMB.
“I believe Randy is the right person to continue the great work of John Parrott as Harvest Field 7 team leader and bivocational ministries specialist. Randy has spent his entire life in East Tennessee and knows the culture and the churches as well as anyone,” Holt said.
He added that Pressnell has served as a bivocational pastor for 15 of his 30-plus years as a pastor.
“He has served in different types of churches, contributed leadership on both the associational and state level, and has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. “All of these factors make him an ideal person to fill this vital role on our state staff,” Holt added.
Pressnell and his wife, Debbi, live in Oneida. They have two children and four grandchildren.