BENTON, Ky. – Zion’s Cause Baptist Church Pastor Charles Frazier will be nominated for the presidency of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state’s largest religious organization with 750,000 members in 2,400 churches.
“Charles has served faithfully in the trenches of pastoral ministry for 25 years and has been willing to serve and serve well when called upon,” said Tom James, lead pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green and a former Kentucky Baptist Convention president. “I believe he has proven he has the skills and vision to lead Kentucky Baptists, and it will be my great honor to place his name into nomination to serve as president."
James announced Monday his intention to nominate Frazier at the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Louisville later this year.
Kentucky Baptist messengers will meet Nov. 14 to elect a slate of officers, including that of president, a voluntary, unpaid position that carries with it the responsibility of appointing chairpersons of KBC committees and leading Mission Board meetings.
“I’m very honored by the consideration and nomination,” Frazier said in a statement. “I desire to continue the great work of Kentucky Baptists and to encourage and involve the churches of our convention.”
Frazier has been pastor at Zion’s Cause in Benton for the past 12 ½ years. He received his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Mid-Continent University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
“When Charles came to be pastor of Zion’s Cause, they were averaging 140 in Sunday morning worship, and today they have Sunday morning services averaging 350 in attendance,” James said. “In 2009 Zion’s Cause was recognized by the North American Mission Board as being one of the fastest growing churches in Kentucky and was in the top 600 fastest growing in the SBC.”
During Frazier’s tenure as pastor, Zion’s Cause has doubled its giving to the Cooperative Program to 8 percent of undesignated receipts. The Cooperative Program, widely described as “the greatest evangelistic initiative of our time,” allows Kentucky Baptist churches to work cooperatively to cover the cost of sending missionaries throughout the world to proclaim the gospel.
“Charles is a proven leader and has served in many capacities on the association and state convention level,” James said. “He has in the past served on our KBC Mission Board with distinction. While on the Mission Board he served as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee and also served on the Administrative Committee where he was vice chairman. Charles has also served our convention as a member of the Public Affairs Committee. Last week, at the Southern Baptist Convention, he was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
James said Frazier is “a visionary” who believes in what he calls a “Big Tent” convention.
“He believes Kentucky Baptists should have a passionate emphasis on evangelism. He is concerned about the fact that, as the commonwealth has continued to grow, our salvation and baptism numbers across the state have dropped.”
Frazier and his wife of 30 years, Vickie, have two daughters. “Victoria is married to Travis Ammon and they live in Columbia, S.C., where he serves as youth pastor at the Spears Creek Baptist Church. Their daughter Maryanna is a junior at the University of Kentucky.”