GRAYSON, Ky. (KT) – Grayson pastor Joshua Schmidt will be nominated as Kentucky Baptist Convention second vice president by a lifetime friend and brother, literally.
Samuel Schmidt, Joshua’s younger brother, announced his intentions over the weekend. If elected by Kentucky Baptist messengers, Schmidt, 30, would likely be among the youngest to hold the office.
Samuel, pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Nicholasville, said that’s a good thing.
“We should be looking for up and coming pastors who can bring a different perspective,” he said. “Josh is one of the younger pastors in the state, leading one of the faster growing churches in the state, and he is leading them to be a catalyst for missions and evangelism.”
Joshua became pastor of First Baptist Church of Grayson 10 months ago and in that short time he has baptized 25 people. The church gives 8 percent of its undesignated receipts to the Cooperative Program and plans to vote soon about giving more.
“It’s humbling and unexpected,” Joshua said. “This would be my first position, and if elected, I look forward to the opportunity to learn under and serve alongside the great men and women of our esteemed Kentucky Baptist Convention.”
Joshua, a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and the University of the Cumberlands, taught Sunday school for 9 years at First Baptist before being named director. The church called him as pastor in January 2018, only months after his father, and former pastor of First Baptist since 2009, passed away.
“My brothers and I were Kentucky Baptists before we were even born. Perhaps this is one small way I can contribute back to a people so dear to my heart," Joshua said.
He is also looking forward to promoting the Cooperative Program. Joshua said he has benefited from CP through the affordable education opportunities he received at Kentucky Baptist institutions and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He plans to graduate with a Master of Divinity in 2020.
Samuel said he thought it strange to nominate a member of his family for the office, but then considered “the wonderful things God has done through him, I became utterly convinced there was no more deserving individual than Joshua.”
Joshua graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and was working on his MBA when he felt God call him into ministry. He graduated from Clear Creek’s bivocational pastor program in the spring.
Joshua and his wife, Lauren, have one child, Benjamin, 7 months.