May 23 2018 by Baptist Press staff

    Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Ala., called Mac Brunson as pastor May 20, just three weeks after he resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Photo by Bill Bangham
    Mac Brunson


    “This is a God move,” Brunson said when Valleydale elected him in a business meeting following his in-view-of-a-call sermon, The Alabama Baptist reported. He’s slated to preach his first official pastoral sermon at the 1,000-member church July 22, according to the news journal of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
     
    His election followed Valleydale’s 21-month pastoral search, capping a May 17 reception with church deacons and elders. Brunson’s wife Debbie spoke at a Valleydale women’s luncheon May 18.
     
    Brunson announced his resignation to the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Jacksonville (FBC JAX) April 29, reported the Christian Index, the news journal of the Georgia Baptist Convention. At that time, Brunson said he had no future job in place, according to the Index.
     
    Brunson’s departure from Florida signaled no scandal nor improper action, FBC JAX emphasized April 30th, saying he served with “moral and ministerial faithfulness” and that “no individual or group within our church asked him to leave. … On the contrary, we are grateful for the years of service rendered by Dr. Brunson and his wife Debbie.”
     
    The 60-year-old Brunson pastored the First Baptist Church of Dallas for seven years before leading FBC JAX beginning in 2006, and earlier led churches in South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina. He is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
     
    He holds doctor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Debbie have three children and 10 grandchildren.
     
    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)
     

    5/23/2018 8:51:39 AM by Baptist Press staff | with 6 comments
    Filed under: Alabama, Florida




Comments
Sergio Almaraz
The best inheritance left by Pastor Brunson and future of FBCJax. is the First Baptist Academy -- that is to have vision
10/31/2018 7:18:57 PM

Carmen Lawson
We have truly missed Pastor Brunson in Jacksonville. We taped his message every Sunday so we could listen to it when we got home from church or when we were without a church. Valleydale is blessed to have him. We miss him so much!! Prepare to grow in the Lord, in knowledge & church size.
8/26/2018 12:20:05 PM

phil meredith
Excellent news.
7/8/2018 7:35:19 AM

Darell Stewart
Will you still be televised?
7/6/2018 8:53:52 PM

Norman Hale
I miss Pastor Brunson and his wonderful messages, but I admire his courage to step out and continue his ministry. God Bless and keep faithful to your God.
6/24/2018 8:42:21 AM

Norman Hale
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Pastor Brunson on Sunday morning TV in Jax. He is a faithful, Godly man and I wish him nothing but the best. Until we meet again in Heaven...God bless and keep you as you minister to your flock.
6/24/2018 8:38:06 AM

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