Baptist and Reflector
JACKSON — Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention elected its president and both vice presidents by acclamation during its opening business session Nov. 13 at West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson.
David Green, pastor of First Baptist Church, Greeneville, was nominated for president by Danny Sinquefield, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Bartlett.
Noting that Green is in his 20th year as pastor at First Baptist, Sinquefield said the church “has tripled in size and scope of missions and ministry.” The Bartlett pastor also noted First Baptist is a strong supporter of the Cooperative Program, giving 13 percent of its undesignated receipts through the missions and ministry giving channel of Southern Baptists.
“David Green has the heart of a servant and seasoned experience as a leader in our state,” Sinquefield said.
Byron Edens, an educator and member of Clingan Ridge Baptist Church, Cleveland, was elected vice president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. He serves as vice president of Piedmont International University, the home of Tennessee Temple Seminary, Chattanooga.
Edens was nominated by Robbie Leach, pastor of Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.
Leach described Edens as a teacher and preacher with a passion of sharing the gospel.
Lee Hickman, pastor of Black Oak Baptist Church, Clinton, was elected second vice president of the convention. He was nominated by Todd Stinnett, pastor of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville.
Stinnett observed that Hickman has led in the revitalization of the Clinton church. Since 2016 the church has baptized 50 new believers and had 70 other additions. The church also will move from not giving through the Cooperative Program to giving 3 percent, beginning in 2019, Stinnett said. B&R