LOUISVILLE—Hopkinsville pastor Nick Sandefur was hired May 6 as a regional consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention to help churches in north central Kentucky with development and growth strategies. He will begin on June 1.
Sandefur, pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Hopkinsville since 2001, will join a team of regional consultants seeking to create an atmosphere of partnership through networking and encouragement.
“I am thrilled to recommend Nick,” said Steve Rice, leader of KBC’s Church Consulting and Revitalization team, during the KBC Mission Board meeting Monday. “Nick is well qualified, he knows Kentucky Baptists, he knows the local church, and he knows pastors.”
While serving 25 years in several western Kentucky churches, Rice said Sandefur led three churches to experience growth and revitalization. During Sandefur’s 13-year tenure at Edgewood, worship attendance swelled (235 to 778) and Sunday School attendance also saw a tremendous increase (177 to 538). Sandefur also led Edgewood’s relocation to a $5.2 million facility—all while remaining committed to giving more than 10 percent to the Cooperative Program each year.
“God has been very gracious,” said Sandefur. “If I were to assess how God has worked in these ministries, I would point first to the willing people who loved God and the Gospel. When willing people are coupled with God-called leaders, growth seems natural and normal.”
In addition to Edgewood, Sandefur served as senior pastor at Pellville Baptist Church in Pellville, First Baptist Church of Lewisport and Victory Baptist Church in Owensboro. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000.
“Nick has a strong record of cooperation and has proven to be a friend to fellow pastors,” Rice said. “He will serve well.”
by Robin Cornetet, KBC marketing and media relations director