Published September 15, 2005
The Hebron Baptist Church congregation in Dacula was stunned at the Sunday evening service on September 11 when pastor Larry Wynn preached a sermon announcing his resignation to become vice president of evangelism for the Georgia Baptist Convention. He had encouraged those attending the three Sunday morning services to return for the evening service so they could hear first hand an important announcement.
Most present thought the announcement would pertain to some facet of the construction of the new 4,000-seat worship center that is near completion. So, when the senior pastor of 27 years announced his resignation shock waves reverberated across the packed auditorium.
Delain Richardson, a Hebron Sunday School teacher said, "Nobody was expecting the pastor to resign. I am saddened by his resignation, but I support his decision. I know he would not have resigned if it had not been God's will."
Wynn, who succeeds Mike Minnix in the evangelism role, will begin in late October.
J. Robert White, GBC executive director, commented, "I am pleased and delighted that Larry Wynn is coming to serve in this strategic role for our Convention. For a number of years Hebron has led the Georgia Baptist Convention in Cooperative Program gifts. Larry has a pastor's heart and is deeply committed to missions and evangelism. He has been devoted to the work of Georgia Baptists and Southern Baptists throughout his ministry."
White continued, "Larry's unique abilities have been used by the Lord to build a great church of over 12,000 members. That same outstanding ability will be devoted to blessing the work of evangelism for the years ahead."
A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution heralded Wynn as the architect of one of the state's most notable mega-churches. Hebron began with 10 people in 1842 on a 3-acre tract of land that was purchased for $15.
According to the AJC article the church has a 230-acre campus with 120 full-time employees ministering to a congregation with an average attendance of about 5,000 each Sunday.
Leader in evangelism
Hebron is a perennial leader in evangelism and has grown exponentially under Wynn's leadership. The Hebron pastor and people have been intricately involved in the life of the community and have impacted a nine-county area with the message of the cross.
One significant evangelism feature of the church is the Starlight Crusade typically held at the Dacula High School football stadium. This evangelistic outreach has been mightily used of the Lord for years to reach lost people.
Wynn is a gifted preacher of the Word of God whose messages touch the heart with practical, powerful and penetrating truths.
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