Stephen Rummage, pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, will be delivering the annual sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting, June 12 in Birmingham, Ala.
Rummage was named Quail Springs’ pastor in January, after serving more than nine years as pastor at Brandon, Fla., Bell Shoals. He also has served as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention from 2016-18 and chairman of the SBC Executive Committee in 2017-18.
“I am indeed honored to bring this message,” Rummage said. “The opportunity to bring God’s Word, just to open up to preach to the messengers who will be in Birmingham—and that includes fellow pastors and laypeople and people who serve in our different entities and others who will be there—it’s just a really high honor, and more than that, it’s a humbling experience.”
Rummage will be the 10th Oklahoma pastor to preach at the SBC Annual Meeting. He joins S.J. Porter (1922), T.L. Holcomb (1934), W.R. White (1940), J.W. Storer (1946), Herschel Hobbs (1957), Grady Cothen (1970), Warren Hultgren (1976), Tom Elliff (1991) and Bobby Boyles (1994) as convention preachers who hailed from Oklahoma.
“My prayer is that I will represent Oklahoma Baptists well,” Rummage said. “More importantly, I want to represent the Lord well, and if I do that, I know I will represent Oklahoma well.”
The theme of the SBC Annual Meeting is “Gospel Above All,” and Rummage appreciated SBC President J.D. Greear making this theme the focus of the meeting.
“That is something that resonates with me personally in such a strong way,” Rummage said, “and I believe that is something that resonates with Baptists across our convention. I want my message to be consistent with that theme of the Gospel above all and consistent with that purpose as Southern Baptists of taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth and reaching our nation and far beyond our nation with the message of Jesus.”