LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Baptist Convention has filled four key positions that will be instrumental in spreading the Gospel throughout the state and beyond.
Longtime eastern Kentucky pastor Paul Badgett was hired last week as a regional consultant to help churches in the Appalachian region develop and grow. Regional Hispanic strategists Job Juarez and Heriberto Torres-Erazo were promoted to church planting and development associates. And Western Recorder news director Robin Bass was hired by KBC as a marketing and public relations associate.
All four are scheduled to begin work on April 16.
“I am delighted to have a group of people of this caliber serving Kentucky churches,” said KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood. “I’m certain God will use them in mighty ways as we seek to spread the Gospel.”
Badgett, who has served on numerous committees within the KBC and Southern Baptist Convention, has been pastor at Pikeville’s First Baptist Church since 1999.
“He has served faithfully on all levels of Baptist life, including president of the KBC mission board and two terms on the SBC Executive Committee,” said Steve Rice who leads the KBC Church Consulting and Revitalization Team.
“Although his education and denominational service are important and apparent, Dr. Badgett’s strongest qualification is his pastoral abilities,” Rice said. “He has successfully served as a senior pastor in a variety of churches. He has led his current church to become one of the flagship churches of our state convention. He is skilled as a communicator in group settings as well as one-on-one. His knowledge of the local church along with his exceptional ability to listen and give consultation will lead to marked success in this role.”
Badgett, who was ordained at Rose Hill Baptist Church in Ashland, received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and followed that with a master’s and doctorate from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Before moving to Pikeville, he also served as pastor at Oakland Avenue Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church.
Badgett and his wife Regina have one daughter, Angie.
Richard Harris, retired vice president of the North American Mission Board, described Badgett as highly committed to the word of God, honest, dependable, a skillful leader of impeccable character, and a man of consistent integrity.
“He is a leader with a godly servant style,” said Bowling Green evangelist Don Mathis. “His positive personality and humble spirit make others very comfortable and his openness brings out openness in others.”
Juarez and Torres-Erazo have worked with the KBC for seven years. They were recommended for promotions by Church Planting Strategist Carlos De la Barra, who said both men are well known among Kentucky’s ethnic community and both are committed to church planting and development.
Both also come highly recommended.
“Job is without a doubt the greatest help we have had in starting our Spanish Mission Church,” said Sam Newman, minister of education and discipleship at First Baptist Church in Richmond.
Juarez has a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and master’s degrees from Seminario Teologico Bautista Mexicano in Mexico City and Campbellsville University.
“Job’s love for the Lord and his passion for his service are clearly evident through all that he does,” Newman said. “Job is hardworking, trustworthy and has incredible people skills as he tirelessly promotes the cause of Christ.”
Torres-Erazo has a bachelor’s degree from Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonia, Texas, and a master’s from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“I have known Heriberto to be completely reliable and trustworthy,” said Tom Stokes, a member of the board of the Southern Kentucky Hispanic Association. “He is a tireless worker who has always given service beyond that which we required. He has a true heart for missions. That flows from a committed heart of love for Jesus Christ.”
Campbellsville University worship pastor David Johnson described Torres-Erazo as a creative innovator and a Godly man.
“Heriberto is resourceful and gifted and does not mind offering his talents to minister to other language groups when and where that giftedness is needed,” Johnson said.
Bass, who has worked in the newspaper industry for two decades, has built a reputation as a great writer and photographer who is well equipped to tell the story of the KBC, it’s churches and its people.
Former employers paint a picture of Bass as a caring Christian lady, a devoted mother and a loyal and hardworking employee.
Before joining the Western Recorder, Bass served in a variety of journalism roles at several newspapers, including the Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville, the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., The Citrus County Chronicle in Crystal River, Fla., and at the Lancaster News in Lancaster, S.C..
Bass has a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.
“Robin has a very strong work ethic that sets her apart from many other employees,” said Benjy Hamm, an executive with Landmark Newspapers Inc. “She also stands out for her versatility. She is an awarding-winning photographer who learned to become an award-winning writer.”