NASHVILLE — Tennessee native Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, in Hustonville, Ky., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 10-11 annual meeting in Baltimore.
In a May 5 blog post announcing his willingness to be nominated, Moore, the current SBC second vice president, stated he wants to represent rural Southern Baptists. Moore will be nominated by Paul Sanchez, pastor of Willow Baptist Church in Brooksville, Ky.
“I was saved in a rural Southern Baptist Church, and I’ve primarily served rural Southern Baptists ever since,” Moore wrote. “Where I live now, the nearest gas station is 7 miles away. My church is a small church made up of about 60 people. They’re a loving, caring, godly group of people. Some of the godliest people I’ve met in my ministry worship here ... I want to represent Southern Baptists like the ones I serve on a daily basis who may not have the opportunity to attend the convention or serve at the convention level.”
Moore is a native of Sparta and his home church is Gum Springs Baptist Church in Walling where he was ordained into the ministry.
Moore served as a youth pastor in Baxter and Crossville before being called as pastor of Union Fork Baptist Church in Dayton where he served until he moved to his present pastorate in Kentucky about four years ago.
Moore is the second announced nominee for SBC president, joining Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd.
The 33-year-old Moore noted he will accept the nomination because of his desires to serve Southern Baptists, promote unity in the convention, and promote the Cooperative Program.
New Salem, by a congregational vote, gives 16 percent of its undesignated receipts to CP and another 3 percent to its local association.
“Apart from cooperating with other SBC churches through the Cooperative Program, our small church could not support as many ministries on our own,” Moore wrote.
“I realize the Cooperative Program and the ministries it supports are not perfect, but New Salem Baptist Church believes in the Cooperative Program. I hope to encourage churches to begin, continue, or increase their support of the Cooperative Program.
“It’s still the best way available for supporting the equipping of Southern Baptist ministers to take the gospel locally and abroad, and to train other Southern Baptists to do the same.”