LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Glasgow Pastor Jeremy Atwood, an advocate for adoption and foster care for special needs children, will be nominated for first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at the organization’s annual meeting in November.
Norm Brock, pastor of First Baptist Church of East Bernstadt, said Monday he intends to make the nomination.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organziation with 750,000 members, is scheduled to hold its annual meeting at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville on Nov. 13.
“Jeremy is a committed, compassionate church leader who understands Kentucky Baptists,” Brock said.
Atwood, 37, is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Glasgow and has spent the past 12 years leading churches throughout southcentral and western Kentucky, serving both bivocationally and in full-time rolls.
He has served on the KBC Credentials Committee since 2015, and, during college, worked for KBC as a counselor at the former Mission Adventure Camp at Cedarmore.
Brock said Atwood has a history of leading churches to increase their giving and commitment to the Cooperative Program. His current church gave nearly 14 percent of its undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program last year.
Atwood and his wife, Cara, have one daughter, Lizzy, a special needs child who they adopted.
“He also has over five years of experience working with children and families in Kentucky’s foster care system,” Brock said. “As adoptive parents, he and Cara continue to advocate for and minister to foster children and children with special needs.”
Atwood, who has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and history from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in theological studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said he would accept the nomination. He said serving in the role would allow him to give back to Kentucky Baptists who have invested so much in him.
“I was baptized in a Kentucky Baptist Church, preached my first sermon at 16 years old in a Kentucky Baptist Church, was licensed and ordained in a Kentucky Baptist Church, and have pastored Kentucky Baptist Churches for over 12 years,” said Atwood, who is currently working on his masters of divinity degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“KBC churches have invested in me; KBC pastors and church members have poured into me; and KBC staff have coached me and walked with me through the mountains and valleys of ministry. God has used Kentucky Baptists to make me the pastor, preacher, and leader I am today. For all that I have received, I’d like to give back and serve in any capacity that I can. I can’t think of a better time to serve than now. These are exciting times for Kentucky Baptists and the direction we are moving. If elected to serve in this position I will do all I can to help with keeping that momentum going.”