LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Pastor Charles Frazier, the newly elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, wants to encourage church leaders in the state to stand firm for biblical truth.
“We are living in a culture in which standards of morality are constantly shifting,” he said. “Kentucky Baptists must not be silent.”
Messengers to the KBC’s’s annual meeting in Louisville on Tuesday chose Frazier, pastor of Zion’s Cause Baptist Church in Benton, for their top-elected position.
Frazier, who has served in KBC leadership roles for more than two decades. currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Pastor at Zion’s Cause in Benton for the past 12½ years, Frazier received his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Mid-Continent University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
As president, Frazier said he wants to continue fostering unity among churches.
“Working together as one, we can accomplish much for Kentucky Baptists, and for the Kingdom of God,” he said. “I believe in a big tent convention where we as Kentucky Baptists can come together and work together for Jesus Christ. My biggest goal is unity. For without unity, no other goals will be accomplished.”
Frazier also is a champion for the Cooperative Program, described by church leaders as the greatest evangelistic initiative of our day. He said he supports the Southern Baptist Convention’s “One Percent Challenge,” which encourages congregations to increase their CP giving by 1 percent in a budget year.
“I feel that every church should prayerfully examine their budgets and see what increases can be made,” he said.
At Zion’s Cause, Frazier has used the Upward Sports program to reach youth and their parents with the gospel.
“It gives me a great opportunity to share the gospel,” Frazier said. “Upward allows me a tremendous opportunity to meet people who I would not ordinary meet.”
Frazier said he believes the greatest challenge Kentucky Baptists must face is apathy toward the Great Commission.
“Unfortunately, we live in a different world than previous generations,” he said. “However, the message is still the same for followers of Christ. We are commanded in Act 1:8 to be witnesses for Christ.”
Frazier also wants to be an advocate for religious liberty.
“We must instill the importance of these liberties to our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “Also, we must teach the future generations the dire consequences of losing our religious liberties.”
A pro-life advocate, Frazier said Kentucky Baptists must speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, as is stated in the Baptist Faith and Message.
“Life is a precious gift,” he said. “It is the responsibility of all Kentucky Baptists to share the value of humanity as well as to share the gospel.”