Statesville pastor to run for BSC vice presidency
November 1 2001 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

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Statesville pastor to run for BSC vice presidency

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor Hampton Drum, a former president of the N.C. Baptists' Pastors' Conference, has decided to run for Baptist State Convention (BSC) second vice president. Drum, a conservative, will oppose Larry Harper, a moderate who is seeking a second term as BSC second vice president.

Drum, pastor of South River Baptist Church in Statesville, said he decided to run after several pastors across the state called and asked him to consider it.

"After prayerful consideration, I agreed to serve," he said.

Drum's decision comes a few weeks after Conservative Carolina Baptists (CCB) said it would not oppose Harper.

When asked if he thought CCB or Mainstream Baptists of North Carolina (MBNC) would support him, Drum said he expected CCB would.

"I see that as mainstream North Carolina Baptists," he said. "Others might not see it that way."

When asked about recent comments by a CCB executive committee member about conservatives taking over the BSC, Drum said that doesn't seem likely.

"I'm not so naive as to say conservatives are going to take over," he said. "I don't think that can happen in one fell swoop."

Drum said he's unsure if a conservative takeover would be best for the BSC right now.

"As the old saying goes, you don't want to throw out the baby with bath water," he said. "I don't want to change N.C. Baptists to be something that's not N.C. Baptist."

Drum said he was raised in the home of an evangelistic, N.C. Baptist pastor.

"I'm for keeping every part of N.C. Baptists that's involved in bringing people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ," he said. "I wouldn't do anything to change the evangelistic outreach of N.C. Baptists."

Drum said he doesn't have a problem working with moderates. He said he worked with moderates on the BSC nominating committee.

"At the same time I want to be honest and say that I would work to see our Convention to become more conservative," he said.

Drum said he served on the nominating committee for four years.

"In that time I did nominate some conservative men," he said. "At the same time, some brothers in the room nominated some CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship)" supporters.

Drum said he supports the BSC's four giving plans.

"I think N.C. Baptists should be able to give how they want to believe," he said. "I think the plans provide that. I think that's only fair."

Drum said he opposes women pastors.

"I believe that the office of the pastor is reserved for a man. I believe the Bible bears that out," he said. "It would be against my conviction to elect a woman ordained as a gospel minister to (a BSC) office."

Drum said that there is a division within the CBF. CBF formed in 1991 as a missions and ministry alternative to the conservative-dominated Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

"They are splitting because there is a group so far to the left that even the CBF folks can't have fellowship with them," he said. "That's something I don't want to see in North Carolina.

"There's a point you have to draw a line. If you don't draw a line, you dilute your testimony. I'm for unity, but at the same time we've got to keep our testimony and protect our integrity of who we are."

Drum said he wants to bring about "greater good" in the BSC.

"My desire is to see our state continue to reach out in missions," he said.

Drum said he helped build N.C. Baptists' first disaster relief van.

"Every part of North Carolina work I've done, I've enjoyed," he said.

Drum attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Gardner-Webb University, Wingate University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"I'm kind of a North Carolina son, sort of speak," he said.

Drum said he considers Greg Mathis, Mac Brunson and Kenneth Ridings friends.

"I admire what these men have done," he said.

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