LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A leader familiar to many Kentucky Baptists will take over the lead role of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Evangelism Team.
Rob Patterson was elected to the role by the Mission Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention on Tuesday in Louisville. Patterson has served as a KBC regional consultant since 2017.
Patterson said he was humbled by the appointment.
“As if the Lord stooping down to save me isn’t enough, that the Lord would allow me to be a part of what he’s doing in Kentucky Baptists during this exciting season is another instance of unmerited grace. It’s an example of what the gospel can do,” he said.
Prior to joining the KBC, Patterson served as a team strategy leader with the International Mission Board in the Amazon basin. He’s served in three Baptist churches in Kentucky and Tennessee. In Kentucky he served as executive pastor of Eastwood Baptist in Bowling Green.
Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer, recommended Patterson to the post, saying his wide-ranging ministry experience is one of the key reasons he recommended him.
He’s also witnessed Patterson’s passion for evangelism and church planting. “Rob understands evangelism must be a spiritual discipline in the Christian life,” Gray said. “He looks for opportunities to witness every day.”
Gray said he also appreciates Patterson’s desire to assist in the planting of new churches in Kentucky. “He understands that if we’re going to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ, we must see new churches planted to reach people who aren’t being reached by other churches,” he said.
Gray said Patterson brings a strong work ethic and administrative abilities to the role, both of which will help in leading the evangelism team.
David Stokes, chair of the KBC’s Administrative Committee, has worked closely with Patterson over the last few years. A portion of Patterson’s territory as regional consultant covers the area where Stokes is the associational mission strategist for the Central Kentucky Network of Baptists.
“Rob has told me on numerous occasions of the number of pastors he’s talked to about setting aside time to share the gospel and encourage their churches to do the same,” Stokes said.
Patterson will move to the role in January 2020. He and his wife, Jenny, live in Nicholasville where they have two children. Patterson is a member of Porter Memorial Baptist in Lexington.
Patterson’s promotion to team leader left a regional consultant position open for the Church Consulting and Revitalization team. Andy McDonald, evangelism strategist for the KBC, was recommended to fill the spot and was affirmed by the mission board. McDonald will step into the position in January.