Interview with BSC second vice president nominee
    October 20 2011 by

    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Messengers to the Baptist State Convention’s (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 7-8 will be voting on candidates for the convention’s three top offices: president, first vice president and second vice president. These candidates are currently running unopposed. The annual meeting will be at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.)

    Timmy D. Blair, Sr. will be nominated as second vice president. He is the pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist in Angier. Blair has served one other N.C. church and one in South Carolina. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and has degrees from Luther Rice Seminary and Luther Rice University. Piney Grove Chapel has been recognized for its growth and baptisms by the BSC, and the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth of Southern Seminary. He has actively served N.C. Baptists on several committees and currently serves on the BSC Board of Directors. Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe, will nominate Blair.
    Timmy D. Blair, Sr. will be nominated as second vice president.
    Q: What is your vision for the BSC?
    A: My vision for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is to see our churches become passionate about reaching our communities and state with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The purpose of why we do what we do must be evangelism. Whether we are starting new churches, strengthening existing churches, reaching the various people groups that now live in our state, our passion and goal for doing these things must be presenting people with the gospel. This vision will require more than a program or quick fix. Programs are only vehicles, and a vehicle without a motor will get us nowhere. The power that can propel us is the Holy Spirit. The task before us is greater than what we can accomplish on our own
    We must get back to asking the Holy Spirit to empower us so that we are able to do the supernatural and not just what we can do. Jesus said, “… lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are white for harvest!”
    Q: Do you believe in the vision of the BSC?
    A: I am very thankful to Milton A. Hollifield Jr. for sharing with us the “Seven Pillars for Ministry.” This is a very bold vision that will help guide us into the future. These seven pillars give us strong biblical principles for our convention and churches to build on, and a vision for reaching North Carolina and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is refreshing to see our convention put evangelism at the forefront of its mission.
    Q: Is there anything you want to share with N.C. Baptists about yourself?
    A: I was born in North Carolina. Out of the 27 years that I have been a pastor, 26 of those years have been in North Carolina.
    I have served at the church I currently pastor for 23 years. I love the Lord and my family. The greatest accomplishment for my wife and I have been raising our two boys who we are so proud of.

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