LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A past president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention has announced his plan to nominate Dr. Wes Fowler, pastor of First Baptist Church in Mayfield, to be the next president of the convention.
Dan Summerlin, pastor of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah who served as KBC president in 2012-13, said he has observed Fowler “lead effectively locally and statewide with wisdom and passion. I’ve been impressed with his ministry.”
The KBC annual meeting is scheduled for November at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro.
Fowler pastored in Georgia prior to returning to his home church, First Baptist in Mayfield, in 2011. Summerlin noted that Fowler’s leadership resulted in the church renovating most of its building without incurring debt, while at the same time raising its Cooperative Program giving by 4 percent from 2011-19.
“He also led the church to focus on ‘Community Outreach Ministry’ to reach all people in the county in order for the church to more closely resemble the kingdom of God.” During his pastorate in Mayfield, the church has recorded more than 100 baptisms with 270 people joining the church.
“Wes is a model of a Great Commission pastor in his passion for missions and following the Great Commission,” Summerlin said. He has led mission trips to Central America, South America, the Middle East and Europe as well as participating in multiple mission trips in the United States. He is involved currently with a mission in Arizona, focusing on reaching Native Americans with the gospel.
Fowler currently serves as first vice president of the KBC. He was chairman of the search committee for the KBC executive director-treasurer which resulted in Dr. Todd Gray being elected to that position.
“I am honored, excited, humbled and a bit nervous to be nominated for this position,” Fowler said. “I am motivated to help Kentucky Baptists pastors — and Kentucky Baptists churches — in any way I can. Through the years, I’ve grown to love and appreciate the KBC. I love our pastors, I love our mission board staff and I love our mission. Also, I’m excited about our new initiative, ‘The Gospel to Every Home.’ So, to have any role in leading such a wonderful convention would simply be an honor.”
Fowler is active in his community, local association and serves on the mission board of the KBC. He has served as chairman of KBC’s Business and Finance Committee and vice chairman of the KBC Administrative Committee, Summerlin said. “I also serve currently with Wes on the Sunrise Children's Services Board and I hear his passion for all children who are hurting in our state.
“Wes is a young leader we need as we move forward in reaching people for Christ while at the same time addressing the many issues and challenges all of us are facing in our society,” Summerlin said. “His attention to details, his listening with empathetic ear and his unwavering belief in the Baptist Faith and Message is what Kentucky Baptists need as we continue to move forward in being a leader in our convention.”
Fowler noted, “I think my experience within the KBC will help support and promote our overall mission, but I really hope I’m able to encourage our pastors to remain faithful, remain in the Word, remain in prayer and share the good news of Jesus. We need the gospel more now than ever before.”
Fowler and his wife, Tara, have been married since 2004. They have three children — Brax, Braley and Pierre. Pierre came to their home as a 3-year-old foster child, and the Fowlers completed their adoption of him this year. “Wes is committed to his family and the role of husband and father,” Summerlin said.
Fowler graduated with from Valdosta State University (Georgia) with a bachelor’s degree. He then earned a master of divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and doctor of ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.