Today’s post was written by Curtis Woods, newly-appointed Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations. Curtis previously served as campus minister at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.
Whenever I depart the executive suite of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC), I typically breathe a prayer of thanks to God’s grace and faithful men and women who fought for gospel-centered racial reconciliation when it was not in vogue.
Rev. Lincoln Bingham is a fine example. And, by God’s grace, I am reminded of this reality on a daily basis. “Why?” you might ask. The answer is simple.
In the Kentucky Baptist Building, there is a mural dedicated to the historic timeline of the Kentucky Baptists. I guess you could say that it is our “stones of remembrance” or “hall of faith.” It reminds Kentucky Baptists that God was at work then, and “God is at work now” (John 5:17) a principle KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood constantly reiterates to the staff.
Each time I exit the office suite, I encounter the portrait of Rev. Lincoln Bingham, positioned just past the middle of the timeline, just across the hall from the doorway.
We are people of Christ-centered hope and gospel-centered faith. This hope and faith was illustrated when, according to the mural’s dedication to Rev. Bingham, in 1976 “the Kentucky Baptist Convention forms the Department of Interracial Cooperation to promote close and more effective cooperation between white and black Baptists in Kentucky.”
The picture of Rev. Bingham whispers to me, “I believe in you, Curtis. Be a man of faith and love.” My contemporary cloud of witnesses. I am humbled and thankful to receive the baton of truth and love from the hands of Rev. Bingham.
So question remains, what will Curtis Woods, the new Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations, do with the baton that he has received? Here is my prayer and desire:
First, I hope to proclaim the power of the gospel and beauty of cooperation in any Kentucky Baptist church that blesses me with the opportunity.
Second, I want to enlist more “under-reached ethnic” pastoral leaders to serve our convention in leadership roles. In other words, I want to promote racial reconciliation among all people groups in Kentucky, not just black and white.
Third, I am passionate about reminding Kentucky Baptists about joining our campus ministries as they seek to penetrate lostness on what is perhaps the largest mission field in the U.S., the university campus.
Fourth, I want to develop a dynamic relationship between the KBC and the budding pastor-theologians at the seminary. I have been blessed to meet so many godly, humble, and passionate men and women at the seminary. My hope is to serve as a bridge of love and understanding between our churches and the seminary.
Now you know how you can pray for me, and you also know how I can serve you. I am motivated by this, “the greatest among you shall be called servant.”