COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) – In a called meeting of the Ohio Mission Council, Ohio Baptists called Jeremy Westbrook as executive director-treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. Westbrook will begin the role Aug. 1.
The Executive Director Search Committee was named at the during Ohio Baptists’ annual meeting last November. It followed the July announcement of the retirement of previous executive director Jack Kwok, whose retirement was effective Dec. 1, 2020.
Pastor Reginald “Reggie” Hayes Sr. of United Faith International Church in Columbus, Ohio, who is current president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO), served as chairman of the search committee. Bruce Smith, who has served as the associate executive director for the state convention since 2004, currently serves as the interim executive director.
In naming the search committee, then-SCBO President Ryan Strother worked with the vice presidents and intentionally included several members of the Ohio Future Team to be part of the 11-member committee, in an effort to promote continuity in leading Ohio Baptists in the SCBO’s new mission focus of “Amplifying leaders to accelerate Gospel impact.”
Westbrook’s vision of every church establishing a multiplication pipeline for the purpose of discovering and developing leaders for the next generation complements that focus.
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Source: Baptist Press