Owensboro preacher to be nominated for president of KY Baptist Pastors’ Conference

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Owensboro Pastor Kenny Rager will be nominated this fall to serve as president of the Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2020.

Pastors’ conference presidents are chosen two years in advance so that they have plenty of time to book speakers and make other necessary arrangements.

“Kenny is the epitome of a leader,” said Mark Elkins, pastor of New Heights Church in Middlesboro, who announced his intention to make the nomination. “He has integrity. He loves people and that love attracts people to Kenny like a magnet.”

The pastors’ conference, set for Nov. 12 this year, is a yearly gathering of church leaders held the day before KBC’s annual meeting.

Rager, pastor of Life Community Church and former first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 2016, said he would accept the nomination. If elected, he would serve as president-elect through 2019 and as president in 2020, presiding over that year’s pastors’ conference, which will be held in Owensboro.

“My hope is for a pastors’ conference that focuses on revitalization and refreshing, to give KBC pastors an opportunity for revival and to leave with a renewed sense of hope for their churches,” Rager said.

Before launching Life Community Church in 2012, Rager served as pastor at Living Faith Baptist Church in Hartford and South Greensburg Baptist Church in Greensburg. He has been active in Baptist life for several years, serving on the KBC Mission Board and volunteering as a coach for church planters in the state. He also has served in several positions within Daviess-McLean Baptist Association, including as moderator.

In 2017, Life Community Church reported nearly 300 members and 24 baptisms. The church gave 7 percent, or $17,775, of its undesignated receipts to the Cooperative Program last year, plus another 1 percent of its offerings to a church plant in New York City, 1 percent to the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association, and divides another 1 percent between two other plants, one in Indiana and the other in Kentucky ministering to the deaf.

Rager received a bachelor’s degree in educational ministry from Campbellsville in 2005, a master’ of divinity in church growth and evangelism from Liberty University in 2011, and is currently working on a doctorate in educational ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“I am a personal friend of Kenny’s,” Elkins said. “I testify that his character and integrity are above reproach, that He loves Jesus, and that he has a heart for reaching his world for Jesus. He works tirelessly. If you know Kenny, you know his energy, his passion for Christ, and his love for people.”

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