PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Appalachian Pastor Tim Searcy has been elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, a voluntary, unpaid position that he intends to use as a bully pulpit to call Kentucky Baptists back to humility.
Searcy, pastor of Allen Baptist Church near Prestonsburg, has a broad range of ministry experience that includes international missions and Christian higher education. He was nominated by Fitzpatrick First Baptist Church Pastor Tommy Reed.
“The Lord has taken this man all over the world to share the gospel,” Reed said when he initially announced he would nominate Searcy. “He has a vast knowledge that crosses so many bounds. He could do whatever he wants to do, but he chose to come to the mountains to serve as pastor. He is not living his life for himself; he is living it for Him.”
Searcy has a Ph.D. in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also received his educational doctorate and master’s degree in religious education. He also has bachelor’s degrees from Lincoln Memorial University and Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. His affiliation with Baptist institutions date back to his teenage years, having graduated high school from Oneida Baptist Institute in southeastern Kentucky.
The church Searcy has served the past three years gives approximately 1.5 percent of its undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program. Last year, the church gave $4,200 from undesignated receipts totaling $290,000, according to Southern Baptist Convention records. The church gave approximately $7,000 more through KBC and SBC missions offerings. Total Great Commission giving, Searcy said, totaled $27,874 or 9.6 percent, last year. That includes mission trips by his church to Brazil and Swaziland.
Allen Baptist’s average worship attendance for the past three years ranged from 220 to 230. The church reported 69 baptisms since Searcy arrived at Allen three years ago.
In ministry since 1975, Searcy has served as a youth minister, minister of music, associate pastor, pastor, missionary and church planter. He began teaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as an adjunct member of the faculty in 1989. Since then, he has served as vice president for academic affairs at Louisiana College, director of institutional effectiveness at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, associate director of the professional doctoral program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, followed by stints as director of doctoral education programs and director of institutional effectiveness for the seminary.
As pastor, Searcy served churches in Kentucky and Mississippi. He also has served as interim pastor in multiple churches in Kentucky and Louisiana. He planted Vida Nueva Baptist Church in Columbia while serving as a missionary.
Besides Columbia, Searcy has done mission work in Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Russia, Nicaragua, Nepal, Cambodia, and Cuba. His work in Cuba was with the Baptist Seminary in Havana assisting in training of teachers and developing curriculum.
As president, Searcy said he would “use every opportunity given me to speak God’s truth from His Word” concerning the issue of abortion, saying it is not an issue of human choice but of God’s truth.
“I believe it is a false concept that a fetus is not a human being until viability. I believe that at the creation of the very first cell with a totally new DNA, they are new persons and they deserve every God given right due them.”