PADUCAH –Chip Hutcheson, a Baptist layman and publisher of the Princeton Times-Leader and The Eagle Post in Oak Grove was elected by acclamation today as the next president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
A member of Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, Hutcheson has been active in Kentucky Baptist life for many years, serving multiple terms on the KBC Public Affairs Committee and as a trustee for Kentucky Baptists’ newspaper of record, Western Recorder.
Hutcheson will serve a one-year term. He received the gavel from outgoing KBC President Dan Summerlin, who presided over today’s meeting at his pastorate, Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah.
Only five laymen have served as KBC president over the past 75 years. The most recent was the Hon. Eugene Siler, a judge and member of First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, in 2003.
Also elected today was Kevin Milburn, pastor of Union Baptist Church in northern Kentucky, as KBC first vice president. The new second vice president is Ed Amundson, pastor of High Street Baptist Church in Somerset.
Re-elected officers are KBC Secretary Wilma Simmons, who now begins her 23rd term in office, and Assistant Secretary Pat Reaves. Simmons is from Ekron and is a member of Big Spring Baptist Church. Reaves is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Louisville.
by Dannah Prather, KBC Marketing and Media Relations Associate