JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 14, 2010 – Union University graduate Kevin Ezell, senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., was elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board by the organization’s trustees Sept. 14.
In a letter to Ted Traylor, chairman of the NAMB presidential search committee, Union University President David S. Dockery recommended Ezell for the position. Dockery has known Ezell for more than 20 years, and served as Ezell’s supervisor in his doctoral work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“At times one is made aware as students come along that some are going to be used of God to make a most significant impact for the cause of Christ,” Dockery wrote. “I knew that Kevin was that kind of person. He has amazing leadership skills and pastoral gifts, and has through the years demonstrated great wisdom and grace in his many leadership opportunities.”
Ezell, a 1985 Union graduate, is a native of Paducah, Ky., and has served as pastor of churches in Illinois, Tennessee and Texas. He also holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Two of his daughters are students at Union -- Anna is a junior and Shelly is a sophomore. Ezell serves on Union’s Board of Reference.
“As the North American Mission Board focuses in days to come on the lostness and confusion within our culture, Kevin's track record at Highview could be a model for many other churches,” Dockery said. “His visionary leadership will help NAMB prioritize the work of leadership, church planting, evangelism and church health for the next generation of Southern Baptists.
“We are thankful for Kevin Ezell and his friendship to Union University,” Dockery continued. “We congratulate him on his appointment as NAMB president and pledge him our prayers and support in the days ahead.”