TENNESSEE PASTOR Steve Gaines is expected to be the second nominee for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) when messengers in St. Louis later this year.
Gaines' nomination is the second to be announced for the SBC Annual Meeting. J.D. Greear's nomination was announced March 2. Greear, 42, is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Georgia pastor Johnny Hunt said March 9 that he plans to nominate Gaines, who has pastored Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., for the past 11 years.
"Steve struggled with this nomination as he has always believed this office should seek the man," Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., said in a news release stating his intention to nominate Gaines during the SBC Annual Meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis.
"With such a passionate desire for spiritual revival in our churches and nation, and knowing him to be a man of deep intense prayer, it brings joy to my heart to nominate Dr. Gaines."