Foy to seek BSC VP office
October 5 2001 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Foy to seek BSC VP office | Friday, Oct. 5, 2001

Friday, Oct. 5, 2001

Foy to seek BSC VP office

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor Bob Foy, a layman from Peninsula Baptist Church in Mooresville, will run for first vice president of the Baptist State Convention (BSC). Foy becomes the second candidate for BSC office with close ties to N.C. Baptist Men. He is a vice president in the group and was named N.C. Baptist Men layman of the year in 1984.

Raymond Earp, a former president of N.C. Baptist Men, is a candidate for BSC president. He is running against Charles Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte and a well-known conservative.

Foy is running against current BSC 1st Vice President Buddy Corbin, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Asheville and a prominent moderate.

Foy said he does not consider himself a conservative or a moderate.

"Right down the middle," he said. "I would probably have some conservative views and some moderate views, but I'm not in either camp."

Foy, an electrical contractor in Charlotte, said he decided to run for office after he saw that Earp was running.

"He was doing it," Foy said. "I thought it was a neat time. I thought I ought to try it, too."

Foy was recently elected executive director of the N.C. Baptist Lay Renewal Fellowship. He and his wife, Phyllis, are lay renewal coordinators.

"They've been talking about getting a layperson in there (as a BSC officer) for years," he said. "I thought this was a good time to do it."

Foy said he hopes that both the Conservative Carolina Baptists (CCB) and Mainstream N.C. Baptists will endorse him. Both groups have endorsed Page.

Foy said that Coy Privette, a prominent conservative, told him that CCB would likely endorse him. He said he expects that Mainstream representatives will probably want to interview him before deciding about an endorsement.

Mainstream interviewed and then endorsed Earp, Page, Corbin and Larry Harper, who is running for re-election as second vice president.

No candidate has announced to oppose Harper.

Foy's candidacy was announced in a statement released by his church, where he has served as a deacon and as president of the Brotherhood. Peninsula has been in the top 10 churches in total dollar giving to the Cooperative Program the last two years, according to the release.

Foy has been involved in disaster relief and partnership missions projects. He has served in volunteer positions for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board and International Mission Board.

"I consider myself a bi-vocational layman," he said.

Foy said he thinks his background with N.C. Baptist Men will be an asset.

"I love the Lord. I've got common sense. I think I know a lot about Baptist life. I'm probably going to learn more."

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