BENTON—Charles Frazier, pastor of Zion’s Cause Baptist Church in Benton, will be nominated for president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention during its annual meeting in Louisville this November.
“I believe he has proven he has the skills to lead Kentucky Baptists, and it will be my great honor to place his name into nomination to serve as president at our annual meeting at Highview Baptist Church East Campus on Nov. 14,” Tom James, a former KBC president, said in announcing Frazier’s candidacy.
Frazier has served faithfully in pastoral ministry for 25 years, having led four Kentucky Baptist churches, noted James, pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, adding that he “has been willing to serve and serve well when called upon.”
“I am very honored by the consideration and nomination for president,” Frazier said in a statement to Western Recorder. “I desire to continue the great work of Kentucky Baptists, we have a great history and heritage.
“We need to continue to grow cooperation in our Big Tent convention to encourage and involve the churches of our convention,” Frazier added. “Focusing on evangelism, helping churches, old and new, to see where we can be on mission for Jesus Christ.
“Charles (Frazier) is a gifted pastor,” James said, noting that Zion Cause was recognized by the North American Mission Board in 2009 as being one of the fastest growing churches in Kentucky and also was one of the top 600 fasted growing in the Southern Baptist Convention.
“When Charles came to be pastor at Zion’s Cause, they were averaging 140 in Sunday morning worship, and today they have three Sunday morning services averaging 350 in attendance,” he said. During his 12-year tenure, the Benton congregation has doubled its support of the Cooperative Program, contributing 8 percent of its undesignated receipts now, James added.
“Charles is a proven leader,” James continued, noting that he has served on both associational and state levels. “While on the Mission Board, he served as chairman of the budget and finance committee and as vice-chairman of the administrative committee,” he said, adding that Frazier recently was appointed to the Executive Committee of the SBC.
Calling him a “visionary,” James said that Frazier believes in a “Big Tent” convention that seeks to “involve and encourage all KBC churches; big and small, old and new, rural and urban.”
A graduate of Mid-Continent University, Frazier received master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. (WR)