Wednesday, November 17, 1999

Burlington pastor to lead Ky. Baptists

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The Rev. Terry Wilder, pastor of the Burlington Baptist Church, was elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at the group's annual meeting Tuesday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

        The Rev. Mr. Wilder received 687 votes, compared with 542 votes for the other candidate, the Rev. Paul Badgett of Pikeville Baptist.

        The Rev. Mr. Wilder was nominated by his friend the Rev. Billy Compton, pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, who said the Rev. Mr. Wilder had proved his ability to serve the Kentucky Baptist Convention over the years.

        “He has served three terms on the executive board of the convention and is moderator of the Northern Kentucky Association,” the Rev. Mr. Compton said. “He has been very active in working to increase Baptist missions involvement, and his church is very active in the missions.”

        The Rev. Mr. Wilder has been pastor of Burlington Baptist Church since 1992. Prior to that, he was pastor of Sand Spring Baptist Church and Cecelia Baptist Church.

        A graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., he obtained a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

        The Rev. Mr. Wilder said he will continue to emphasize the missions heritage of the Kentucky Baptist Convention while representing “the best of who Kentucky Baptists are.”

        The Rev. Mr. Compton said that Northern Kentucky is a strong base of Kentucky Baptist work, and that it was appropriate with the convention meeting in Covington that a Northern Kentuckian be nominated and elected.

        More than 1,200 members of the Kentucky Baptist Convention are meeting through today. The convention represents 2,400 churches and more than 787,000 members.


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