Owensboro—Jerry Tooley, first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will be nominated for KBC president when Kentucky Baptists gather at Elizabethtown’s Severns Val-ley Baptist Church on Nov. 10.
Tooley will be nominated by a fellow director of missions, Rick Hatley of Pulaski Baptist Association. He is the second announced candidate for the office.
“Jerry (Tooley) is a member of First Baptist Church of Owensboro, a strong giver to the Co-operative Program, and a strong supporter of Annie Armstrong, Lottie Moon, and Eliza Broadus missions offerings,” Hatley said in announcing his nomination.
“He is a longtime Kentucky Baptist, and he is doing a great job as director of missions in Daviess-McLean Association,” Hatley said, also noting that Tooley served on the search com-mittee that brought Paul Chitwood to the KBC’s executive director position.
In addition to serving Daviess-McLean Baptists since 1999, Tooley has been a trustee of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, two-time chairman of the KBC’s business and finance committee, and a member of the KBC administrative committee.
A graduate of Cumberland College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also served as executive team pastor leader for the Ohio Valley Will Graham Celebration in April.
Prior to becoming director of missions, Tooley held several Kentucky pastorates, including Woodbine Baptist Church, Round Top Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Millville Baptist Church in Frankfort, and Bellfield Baptist Church in Henderson.
“Through my personal ministry and service to the convention, I have learned to love and ap-preciate the convention, and I would be honored to serve, if Kentucky Baptists were to elect me as president,” Tooley said.
Tooley said his focus as president would be to help Chitwood and the convention staff to connect with and engage Kentucky Baptist churches.
“We are making progress in this area, and I would like to help that continue and flourish,” he said. “I would like to be a listening ear and a clear voice for those who don’t always get to serve on the Mission Board or come to the annual meetings, but who continue their great support of the Cooperative Program.”
Total Cooperative Program receipts in 2013-14 for First Baptist Church of Owensbo-ro were $207,817 of its undesignated receipts of $2,375,602, or 8.75 percent. The church re-ported 19 baptisms in 2014 on the Annual Church Profile. (WR)
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