LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Louisville pastor Nate Bishop Jr. has been elected first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Messengers chose Bishop for the position Tuesday during the KBC annual meeting at Highview Baptist Church’s east campus in Louisville.
“Nate is a passionate young leader who loves Jesus and has deep roots in Southern Baptist life,” said Todd Robertson, director of missions in the Louisville Regional Baptist Association, who made the nomination.
Bishop, a member of the Crossings Ministries’ board of directors and the Louisville chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, received 232 votes. A second nominee, Loyall First Baptist Church Pastor Bob Whitter, received 133 votes.
“Nate has served in the gospel ministry for almost 20 years, having been mentored by his father, Rev. Nathaniel Bishop, Sr. who has pastored and now serves as an associational missionary in Detroit, Mich.,” Robertson said. “Nate, in his role as senior pastor, has quickly led Forest Baptist Church to engage more deeply in both the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Louisville Regional Baptist Association, both in giving and participation.”
Bishop’s historic African-American church recently began an English as a second language program.
“I believe that Nate will bring fresh eyes and great Kingdom vigor to the leadership of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Mission Board,” Robertson said. “His commitment to his family, church, neighborhood and city are clear. His heart for partnership in the gospel through the SBC, KBC, and LRBA is strong and growing. Frankly, Nate is exactly the kind of young leader that we need for such a time as this, and I am blessed to present him to you for your consideration.”
Bishop is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also served as a programmer for campus technology and eventually director of technology.
Bishop has been a longtime member of the Southern Baptist Convention since making a profession faith at the age of seven and entering into fellowship with Middlebelt Baptist Church, in Inkster, Mich. While in Michigan, Nate served as youth pastor for his local church as well as youth director and council member for the Greater Detroit Baptist Association. He has been in gospel ministry for almost twenty years.
Bishop and his wife of 14 years, Dar-Isha Bishop, have four children ages six through 11.