FANCY FARM, Ky. (KT) – Dr. Ian Carrico’s new position as a church evangelism associate with the Kentucky Baptist Convention is the perfect fit.
Carrico has walked the walk of an evangelistic pastor – figuratively and literally. Sharing Jesus isn’t just something he does, it’s something he lives.
He will be taking the new role on June 16 and will say a bittersweet goodbye to Beulah Baptist Church on May 30 after serving for 10 years.
“It’s an honor, the high honor of a lifetime in ministry, being able to serve with the KBC,” Carrico said.
Carrico has been serving at the church in Fancy Farm for a decade but he will be looking at a new area in his role with the KBC as the church evangelism associate for the eastern half of Kentucky.
He said he will follow the strategy that’s already in place with the Church Evangelism Team of encouraging, equipping and engaging. “I will promote evangelism in every way and be another voice for evangelism in Kentucky.”
Carrico is looking forward to forming partnerships with associational mission strategists, pastors and church leaders. He has been mentored by a bevy of evangelistic pastors and teachers that prepared him for this step.
“You see all that the Lord has allowed me to be part of and it’s overwhelming,” he said. “It’s an honor to sit under great mentors since the time I went into pastoral ministry. It has always been there for me to be available to learn evangelism. I’ve had great mentors in my life.”
He lists Lone Oak Pastor Dan Summerlin, Midwestern Seminary professor Tom Johnston and Lenexa Baptist Church Emeritus Pastor Steve Dighton as three of many who have poured into his life as mentors who taught him evangelism strategies.
And those lessons seemed to take well. It was never unusual to find Carrico knocking on doors in the community around his church any day of the week and it shows in the growth, both physically and spiritually, that was experienced there.
“I would be amiss if I did not give great appreciation to Beulah Baptist who allowed me to lead out in evangelism pastorally,” he said. “I’ve seen how God transforms people’s life. I’ve got a deacon who goes up and grabs a handful of tracts to go out into his workweek. That blesses me, that overwhelms me. That’s something only God can do.”
He said leaving Beulah was difficult. “I see myself in many ways launching out from them. It’s definitely bittersweet as most pastors who leave a church in good conditions would say. As I go, I take a big part of Beulah Baptist Church with me.”
Carrico drew high praise from Dr. Todd Gray, the executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“Dr. Ian Carrico is a gifted and humble leader. He has led Beulah Baptist Church to consistently engage their community with the Gospel,” Gray said. “He is committed to our cooperative work and has demonstrated strong support for the Cooperative Program. He is well respected in the west end of our state and I believe he will prove to be a great asset to Kentucky Baptist churches and their leaders in the area of evangelism and so much more. We feel blessed that Kentucky Baptists will be served by Ian Carrico.”
Church Evangelism Team Leader Rob Patterson said they prayerfully searched for the best candidate and Carrico rose to the top.
"He has all the right credentials having pastored for more than 15 years," Patterson said. "For the past 10 years, he has faithfully pastored Beulah Baptist Church in Fancy Farm, leading them to develop an evangelistic culture. His high character and commitment to cooperation have earned him favor across the state."
Another plus was that Carrico has been involved in convention life, Patterson said.
"Ian’s intentional involvement in his local association and serving in a variety of roles among KBC committees, including chair of the Mission Board Evangelism Committee, demonstrate he has the right leadership to partner with AMSs, pastors, and leaders across the commonwealth. We are excited to see how the Lord uses Ian to help churches reach Kentucky for Christ."
Carrico and his family – wife Joni and four boys ages 15 to 1, Elijah, Levi, Silas and Joel - are looking to relocate in central Kentucky, he said.
“My desire is to be a catalyst for evangelism to the degree that evangelism becomes part of the culture,” Carrico said. “That’s where I’m at now. The opportunity the Lord has opened up is just a high honor.”