Published December 1, 2011
THOMASVILLE — Dan Spencer has accepted the senior pastorate of First Baptist Church of Sevierville, TN.
Spencer, 44, who just concluded his second term as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, announced the move to his congregation at First Baptist Church here on Nov. 20. His first Sunday at the Tennessee church will be Dec. 18.
Spencer has served the Thomasville congregation since 2000 and has endeared himself to his church, the Thomasville community and to Georgia Baptists across the state. He will succeed Randy Davis, who served the church for 11 years prior to becoming the executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
Roland Maddox, executive pastor of the Sevierville church, expressed delight over Spencer’s accepting the call and hailed him as a great fit for the growing east Tennessee congregation.
Dwight Stokes, General Sessions and Juvenile Judge in Sevier County who served as chairman of the 12-member search committee, reported, “We reviewed approximately 200 candidates from many states and some serving as missionaries, but felt the incredible and overpowering sense of God’s leadership in recommending Dan Spencer as senior pastor of our church.
“Even as Dan and Tresa and our committee became absolutely convinced of God’s call for them to come to Sevierville, it was beautiful and amazing to see the love and commitment Dan and Tresa have for First Thomasville and to sense their grief in leaving that wonderful church family.”
Judge Stokes continued, “Dan was so engrossed in his church and the GBC, as well as with his loving family, he really did not have time for us as a committee. It was exhausting to look at his schedule. But we persevered because we felt God’s strong leadership directing us to Dan.”
Nelson Price, former pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, served as interim pastor of the Sevierville church for 17 months.
Spencer’s gracious manner, winsome personality and effective leadership will be greatly missed in Thomasville and Georgia, but congratulations to FBC Sevierville for calling Dan Spencer as their pastor.
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