Daniel Dickard is the new president of the 2023 SBC Pastors Conference by a razor thin margin. Dickard — pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina — received 690 votes and Voddie Baucham received 608.
The typical standing vote was too tight to call, causing a ballot vote to take place.
Jordan Easley, pastor of First Baptist Church Cleveland, Tennessee, nominated Dickard, noting that he has a passion for the gospel, a desire to make disciples and a calling to encourage and equip pastors.
Dickard leads a church that “emphasizes the Great Commission, cross-cultural ministry, church planting, theological training and refugee ministry,” said Easley, who pointed out his main reason for nominating Dickard is his love for the SBC.
“He was born in an SBC church. He was raised and discipled by faithful men and women in SBC churches,” Easley said. “His father is an SBC pastor. He was called to ministry in an SBC church.”
Easley later added, “He believes like so many of us believe that the SBC Pastors Conference should highlight the best of what it means to be a Southern Baptist. … But it should also be centered on our common mission and our shared cooperative effort.”
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