Bardstown minister to be named state convention president | Worship


James Carroll, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, will be appointed at the November annual meeting to serve as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church and dean of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, announced he will nominate Carroll when the messengers meet at the Nov. 15 meeting in Bowling Green.

“Nothing is more exciting to me than to see the Lord working in the lives of men whom I have been able to teach and have a relationship with,” York said. “James Carroll is one I’ve known for years. I had him first as a student and then in the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry program at Southern. I’m very impressed with how which the Lord has used him, especially at Parkway. He has great insight and character, and I am confident that he will lead the Kentucky Baptists well and I am honored to be the one who appointed him.

Carroll has been pastoring Parkway since 2010. Prior to that, he was a student pastor at Gano Baptist in Georgetown from 2000-2003, then did a residency at First Baptist in Atlanta from 2003-2004. He then served as a teaching pastor at the West Hills Baptist Church in Georgia from 2005 to 2010.

Carroll said he was “humbled and honoured” to be considered for the role. “It’s a double honor for Dr York to nominate me because he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time.”

Carroll noted that he “benefited Kentucky Baptists in many ways. It was there that I heard the gospel, where I responded in faith, where I was discipled and mentored and trained in a Southern Baptist seminary.

Carroll is active in denominational life. He is a member of the KBC Mission Board, was chairman of the commercial and financial committee last year and is this year chairman of the administrative committee. He is also a director of Lifeway.

Carroll is the author of one book and co-author of three others, the latest slated for release in September.

He and his wife, Mikila, have been married for 24 years. They have two children, Kenna, 16, and Jake, 13.


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