Ten SBC Pastors to Watch in 2010
1. David Platt – Senior Pastor, The Church At Brook Hills, Birmingham, Ala.
Widely acclaimed as one of the most passionate and mission-minded pastors in the SBC, his sermon at last year’s annual meeting of the SBC left many deeply affected so as not “to die in their religion.” He stepped into the pulpit of the church founded by Rick Ousley and has challenged the congregation to sacrificially give to missions. He recently called for the church to aggressively
serve as foster families.
2. J.D. Greear – Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.
Founding pastor of The Summit Church (a re-plant of an existing SBC congregation), Greear has led the church to become aggressive in planting churches. He has helped plant churches in Richmond, Va. and New York City. He is one of the youngest members of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, and is vocally committed to the local church as the focus of all ministry. Greear is an advocate of the multi-site church, and his congregation is a member of the Acts 29 church planting network.
3. Tony Merida – Teaching Pastor, Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Merida has just written a new book on preaching that has gained wide acclaim as one of the best and most accessible books on preaching available to date. The former Dean of the Chapel at New Orleans Seminary, he maintains an active preaching ministry both in his pulpit and throughout
the Southern Baptist Convention. His sermons are notable for their verse-by-verse orientation
and penetrating applications.
4. Matt Chandler – Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas
Recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, Chandler’s sermons rank as one of the top downloads on iTunes. Countless thousands have listened to him preach. The Village Church began as a re-start of an older Southern Baptist congregation. Chandler has worked to create a culture in the church where, in his words, “it is OK not to be OK.”
5. Jason Brinker – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, N.C.
Known as America’s youngest city with one of the largest U.S. Marine bases in the world located just miles from its campus, Brinker came to the large and historic Southern Baptist congregation from Harbour Pointe Church just outside Seattle, Wash. Sporting a long goatee, he doesn’t look
like the typical pastor of an established congregation. During his first year of service, the church grew 49.3 percent—making it one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States.
6. Micah Fries – Senior Pastor, Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church, St. Joseph, Mo.
Recently elected to the leadership of the pastor’s conference of the Missouri Baptist Convention, Fries is recognized as a notable expositional preacher. He gained national attention through his participation of the now defunct SBC Outpost blog. He remains a leading voice for young pastors through his expertise with various forms of media.
7. Ben Mandrell – Senior Pastor, Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, Tenn.
Mandrell first served on the staff of Union University, and was elected Senior Pastor after serving under the leadership of former pastor, Phil Jett. Mandrell serves as the secretary/treasurer of the SBC Pastor’s Conference, and is noted for his outreach to the university community of Jackson, Tenn. His sermons are widely distributed through various media outlets and his mentorship of college students (especially those preparing for ministry) is well known.
8. Jimmy Scroggins – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.
The former Dean of the Boyce College in Louisville, Ky., Scroggins first thought he would serve in the armed forces of the United States. During his short tenure at FBC, he has become well known for his skill of excellent preaching and capacity for administration of a large urban congregation. Scroggins serves as the vice-president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.
9. Josh Smith – Senior Pastor, MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
Son of SBC pastor and evangelist Bailey Smith, Josh Smith serves in the historic pulpit of Ron Dunn, the former pastor at MBBC. He is widely believed to be one of the finest preachers in the Southern Baptist Convention. Under his leadership, the church has experienced a renewal. Worship attendance and conversions have risen under his leadership.
10. Shane Hall – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lawton
Lawton, First is a traditional congregation in a military city (Ft. Sill is nearby). Hall serves as a model for younger pastors who take pastorates of more established congregations. He is a noted leader among older congregations as one capable of leading diverse generations toward renewal and growth.