Ky. leader to be 1st VP nominee
    May 13 2009 by Todd Deaton, Baptist Press

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky pastor John Mark Toby will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 23-24 annual meeting at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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    John Mark Toby

    Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., since 1999, currently is president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He will be nominated by Kevin Smith, pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville and assistant professor of church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    “I want to nominate Brother Toby because he is a fine representative of a Kentucky Baptist and a Southern Baptist,” Smith told the Western Recorder, newsjournal of the Kentucky convention.

    “He is obviously supportive of the state convention as demonstrated by his volunteer service in a variety of positions, culminating with his election as president last November,” said Smith, who served as KBC first vice president in 2007.

    “Additionally, (Toby’s) church has been a regular supporter of the Cooperative Program and other state and national offerings,” Smith noted. “He has a good working relationship with a broad cross section of Baptists and he has a gracious spirit. On top of this, he leads his church on short-term missions trips and serves as a (Kentucky) National Guard chaplain. On many levels, he is a fine Christian leader.”

    Information from the 2008 Annual Church Profile (ACP) for Beacon Hill Baptist Church lists 24 baptisms and primary worship service attendance of 513. The church gave $132,257, or 15 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $882,807.

    According to the ACP, the church also received $23,736 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $7,768 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

    Toby, a member of the Kentucky National Guard since 1983, is an endorsed chaplain of the North American Mission Board, supervising four chaplain unit ministry teams that minister to 1,645 soldiers. He has served as a Task Force New Orleans chaplain in relief and recovery operations for victims of Hurricane Katrina and is a volunteer chaplain at Lake Cumberlands Regional Hospital.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Deaton is editor of the Western Recorder, Kentucky Baptists’ newsjournal.)
    5/13/2009 7:22:00 AM by Todd Deaton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

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