By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
CHATTANOOGA — Tennessee Baptist pastor Sam Greer will be nominated as treasurer of the 2022 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.
Greer, pastor of Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanooga, will be nominated by Chuck Herring, pastor of First Baptist Church, Collierville. Greer surrendered to the ministry in 2003 when Herring was pastor of First Baptist Church, Richland, Miss.
The nomination will take place Monday, June 14, as part of the pastors’ track during the Send Conference in Nashville that precedes the SBC annual meeting at the Music City Center.
His long association with Greer is one of the primary reasons Herring is nominating Greer for the position. Greer was called into the ministry several years after graduating from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and began a career as a financial planner.
“I saw how hard he worked to prepare by returning to school for eight years,” Herring said. “I have seen him become a faithful expositor of the Word of God in the churches he has served. To see how God has used him at Red Bank Baptist and The Point at Signal Mountain (a campus of Red Bank) is a testimony to the impact he has had for the kingdom.”
Herring also cited Greer’s passion for evangelism, noting that he has written three books on evangelism (The Gospel Conversation, The Gospel Conversationalist and The Gospel Conversational Church. “Anything that Sam does, he does with excellence,” he affirmed. “I think he would be an excellent officer for the Pastors’ Conference.”
A native of Crystal Springs, Miss., Greer holds both the master of divinity degree in expository preaching and the doctor of philosophy degree in preaching from New Orleans (La.) Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prior to his call to Red Bank Baptist in June of 2012, Greer served as pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Bush, La., and Bonner Creek Baptist Church in Franklinton, La.
Greer currently serves as a trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. “That has opened my heart to serve in any way the Lord would have me to in both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Tennessee Baptist Convention,” he said.
“One thing I have learned to appreciate about our denomination is that churches work in cooperation with each other to send the gospel around the world,” he added.
In 2020, Red Bank Baptist Church gave $260,574 or 7.7 percent of its undesignated gifts through the Cooperative Program.
If elected, Greer said he would seek to be an encourager to pastors and churches across the convention. “To serve would be an honor, very humbling and a privilege,” Greer said. B&R