Louisiana Baptist evangelist Jerry Chaddick of Lake Charles has announced plans to be nominated for state convention president in November.
Louisiana Baptist evangelist Jerry Chaddick of Lake
Charles has announced plans to be nominated for state convention
president in November.
“After being asked by several pastors from around
the state to allow my name to be placed in nomination for the office of
president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and after receiving
endorsement and promise of support from the Louisiana Inerrancy
Fellowship and after prayerful consideration, I have agreed to offer
myself as a candidate for that position,” Chaddick said.
Louisiana Inerrancy Fellowship Chair Leon Hyatt of Pineville confirmed
that Chaddick has received unanimous support for the presidency from
Chaddick is the first announced nominee for the
state convention post, which is open this year. Philip Robertson of
Deville is serving his second term as convention president and is
ineligible for re-election.
A native of DeRidder, Chaddick previously served as
pastor of churches in Louisiana and Mississippi. He entered full-time
evangelism in February 2004.
In announcing plans to allow his nomination,
Chaddick praised the “new, visionary” leaders for the convention and
its agencies. He also pledged to continue the current course of the
“I firmly believe in the inerrancy of the
scriptures,” he said. “If given the opportunity to lead our convention,
I will continue to encourage our convention to stand on the authority
of God’s Word. I will heartily endorse the 2000 Baptist Faith and
Message. I want to continue to support the Cooperative Program as it is
a tremendous way that we spread the gospel to a lost and dying world.
“This is not a time to go backwards, but rather, we
must stay the course and move forward from here,” Chaddick noted.
Chaddick also emphasized the need for Louisiana Baptists to focus on evangelism in upcoming days.
“While we will continue to stand on the crucial
issues that have been so important, we must have as our priority
winning this state to Christ,” he maintained.
If elected, Chaddick said he would conduct a
statewide tour for the purpose of “equipping and motivating our
churches in the area of revival and evangelism.
“Louisiana Baptists, the time is now for us to take
all God has given our convention and use it to bring our state to the
cross,” Chaddick emphasized.
Chaddick spent 12 years as pastor of four churches
before entering into full-time evangelism. His ministry is named Spirit
Truth Ministries, Inc., based on John 4:24.
Chaddick has served in various denominational posts
– chair of the LBC Committee on Committees, president of the Louisiana
Baptist Pastors’ Conference, chair of the Louisiana College trustees, a
member of the Southern Baptist Committee on Nominations and
pastor/advisor for the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
He currently serves as a member of the LBC Committee
on Committees and president of the Louisiana Conference of Southern
Baptist Evangelists. He also is parliamentarian for the Conference of
Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Chaddick and his wife, Julie, are members at New Hope Baptist Church in DeQuincy.