LOUISVILLE—Two top assistants to outgoing Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood will serve together as interim leaders of the organization while a search committee works to find his replacement.
Chitwood was selected as the new president of the International Mission Board on Thursday.
The KBC Administrative Committee appointed Curtis Woods, associate executive director for convention relations, and Jim Donnell, associate executive director for convention operations, to serve as co-interim executive directors.
“These men are strong leaders who will keep KBC running well in the interim,” said Administrative Committee Chairman Dan Summerlin, pastor of Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah. “They know the innerworkings of KBC well, and we felt fortunate to have such qualified and gifted men available to step in until the search for a new executive director is completed.”
A 15-member search team, representing every region of the state, has been appointed to find Chitwood’s replacement.
Tom James, pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, will serve as chairman of the panel. Other members are:
• Tim Searcy—KBC president and pastor of Allen Baptist Church
• Wes Fowler—Pastor of First Baptist Church in Mayfield
• John Birchett—Pastor of Edgewood BC in Hopkinsville
• Nate Bishop—Pastor of Forest Baptist Church in Louisville
• Harold Best—Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster
• Nick Sandefur—Pastor Porter Memorial BC in Lexington
• Ray Woodie—Pastor at Coral Hill Baptist Church in Glasgow
• Anibal Figueroa—Pastor and planter of New Dawn (Nuevo Amanecer) Church in Louisville
• Linda Cooper—WMU National President
• Stan Lowery—Director of Missions of the Nelson Baptist Association
• George Drake—Associational Mission Strategist for the Red River Baptist Association
• Garnetta Smith—Director of the Center for Student Success at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
• Andrew Dyer—Pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in London and former KBC president
• Chip Hutcheson—Retired publisher of the Times Leader in Princeton and former KBC president
Nominations and resumes can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. (KT)