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Arkansas Baptist pastor to lead South Carolina Baptist Convention

HollingsworthUpdated 1:10 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10:

LITTLE ROCK – Gary Hollingsworth, senior pastor of the historic Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, and current president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), has been tapped to serve as executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC).

Hollingsworth announced that he will be formally voted on to serve in the post at a special called meeting of the South Carolina convention board Thursday, Jan. 14. He made the announcement during Sunday morning services at the Little Rock church, Jan. 10.

Hollingsworth was elected to serve as president of the ABSC this past November in Hot Springs.

He has served in a number of capacities throughout his years in ministry. An Alabama native, Hollingsworth has served as pastor of a church in Kentucky and at the historic First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.

In 1996, Hollingsworth returned to his home state where he served for nearly 10 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Trussville, Ala.

Hollingsworth has also served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Alabama State Board of Missions, president of Alabama’s pastor’s conference, vice president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and as senior director of cultural evangelism for the North American Mission Board. In 2007, Hollingsworth became the 16th senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock.

He was recognized with the 2013 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award by Williams Baptist College (WBC) in Walnut Ridge.

The SCBC was formed in 1821 and was the first state Baptist convention in the United States.


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