Joe Smith to be nominated as conference vice president
    November 4 2013 by BR staff

    Joe Smith, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Faith, will be nominated for vice president of the N.C. Pastors’ Conference on Nov. 10-11. Marc Sanders, pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek, and a candidate for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. (BSC), intends to nominate Smith.
    He is a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and the Baptist College of Florida. Smith currently serves on the BSC Board of Directors and the Church Planting Missions Development Committee.

    According to Sanders, Faith gives 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program.
    The church was recently recognized for their sacrificial contributions to the North Carolina Missions Offering, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions.
    “Joe not only leads his people to give, but even more importantly, to go and be the hands and feet of Jesus,” Sanders said.
    “Just this year, Faith has done missions work in Alabama, Turkey, Cuba and in New York City with the BSC partnership there. They have partnered with the Transformation India Movement to adopt a village in India where they have already dug eight new wells, bringing life-giving water to those without.”
    Smith has been in ministry for 42 years. Sanders said, “He knows how to speak to not only the ongoing needs of seasoned pastors, but also serve as a role model for being a shepherd to those still growing in the pastorate.”
    Smith will run against Robert Pochek who announced his candidacy in July. Pochek is pastor of Raleigh Road Baptist in Wilson and will be nominated by David Pierce, pastor of Belhaven Missionary Baptist in Belhaven.

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Rob Pochek
I do not know Pastor Smith personally, but I am thrilled that the next VP of the Pastors' Conference will be missions minded. Like Pastor Smith's partnerships in India, the church I serve has a partnership in the Philippines and one in Jamaica. We also opened our facility to a Spanish-speaking congregation that has grown from 80 people to over 250 in 3 years. Those voting this year can be confident that the Great Commission is being pursued vigorously by both Pastor Smith and myself.
11/4/2013 7:23:03 PM

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