My name is Paul Chitwood and I am the Executive Director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky.  Working through 70 local associations and in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Kentucky Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

I have spent my ministry serving a pastor of Kentucky Baptist churches.  I’ve served First Baptist Church, Mt. Washington (2003 – 2011); First Baptist Church of Somerset (1999-2003), First Baptist Church of Owenton (1995-99), and South Fork Baptist Church in Owenton (1993-95).

I also had the pleasure of serving as KBC president in 2005-06; first vice president in 2003-04; and president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in 2002.  I’ve also served as an assistant professor of evangelism & church growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and as trustee and adjunct professor of missions and evangelism at the University of the Cumberlands. My passion for the Great Commission grew dramatically as I served Southern Baptists as board chairman of the International Mission Board from 2008-10.

I am a native of Jellico, Tenn.  My wife Michelle and I have three children: Daniel, Anna and Cai.


  1. Sheila Johnson
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Dr. Chitwood I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your message last night at the Tates Creek Associational meeting. I go to Bethel Baptist Church in Berea and have been involved in Disaster Relief missions for several years. I am now a 60 year old widow and don’t want to slow down but time takes a toll on these earthly bodies! But your message last night made me want to go not only across the street to tell my neighbors about Jesus, and to Mississippi on Disaster Rebuild projects but around the whole world to tell everyone the wonderful news we have! Very inspiring! Thank you so very much!

    My heart is always HIS throne,
    Sheila Johnson
    WMU Director, Bethel Baptist Church

    • Posted October 21, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Sheila, for your kind comment! Michelle and I enjoyed our time with you and the other messengers and guests. So pleased to serve with you!

  2. Posted January 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed your time with us at Versailles Baptist a month ago. I really do hope you are able to ‘re-envision’ the mission of the KBC. It is a good organization that could become greater still!

    • Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Mark! I am also grateful for the support and involvement of Versailles BC. Indeed, God has blessed us with a wonderful state convention and we are praying that He reveals His vision for our future. Blessings on you and your family.

  3. sherman novoson
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I live in Nashville TN our interest is no gambling casino in WK like KY downs. Some how to get money from here to fight it because now its over 2 hours to drive to casino in IL or Indiana but if passed only 45 minute drive. Its important get churches from nashville all the way to the border. I hope to hear from somebody
    Sherman Novoson

    • Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Sherman, for your interest in this pressing issue. We would welcome dialogue with you. Robert Reeves is the member of my staff who works most closely on this issue. You can reach him by email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Rev. Ty Clenney
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Praying for you.

  5. Wendy Stivers
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for being so bold as to include names/emails of Sunrise Board members. It was most helpful in our church being able to contact them and express our deep desire for a “no” vote.

    Thanks again for serving the LORD!

  6. Pat m
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Have a friend who is retiring from his job and would like to chat to you about helping out Churches. He is a director of finance who worked for a non profit for 36years. Would be an awesome person to consult and help some church’s out maybe? His name is Jim Zoeller 5022911229

  7. Harbourt Gossett
    Posted June 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Dr Chitwood my wife and I watched your sermon on tv from Walnut Street. We enjoyed your sermon very much.We were unable to attend our regular church but it turned out to be a blessing to hear you. We thank you for a very good message. In Christiam Love Dianne and Harbourt

  8. Rudolph Hamblin
    Posted June 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Chitwood, watched ur service on Walnut St., Baptist Church today and was a great message and really what we need in the era of time in which we live. Saw it on WYMO 58, and wass anxiously awaiting the response to the invitation, and saw the results. I was not surprised as I am an pastor of a small Church in Crothersville, In., the Alliance Bible Chruch, I’m non denominational but just litereally a Christian. My lifetime ties, Raised a Baptist from Oneida, Ky., very familiar with OBI, knew lots of folk there in the days of Dr. Barclay Moore, in 1989, my family, Hamblins had the most living who had gone there. My Father, Shafter Hamblin, Isom Hamblin, Rev. James Anderson Hamblin of Buckhorn, Ky., Green Langdon Hamblin, Sara Jane Hamblin Baker and also my sis-in-law, Adna Burns Hamblin, were invited by Dr. Moore down to the Celebration and the Movie ‘Oneida a Special Place.’

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