We have received others that want to openly state their support for Dr. Cox. These are average pastors, lay leaders and others that just want people to know the Frank Cox they know. Dr. Junior Hill stated in the a Baptist Press article; Hill said Cox “cares about people. He cares about our denomination and he cares about the destiny of America.The thesis of Dr. Hill’s statement runs throughout these endorsements, unknowing to the endorsers. Dr. Cox reminds us in his responses that his heart is for winning the lost. Notice what he said in the Baptist Press questionnaire:
If you are elected, what would be your priority message for Southern Baptists?
I believe we need a fresh touch from God on our convention. I will call our convention to spiritual awakening and revival. We need to seek God with all our hearts. I believe the next generation really desires to be kingdom people on mission for God. It would be my desire to see a glorious revival to fall from heaven on our lives.
Second, from our brokenness before God, we must return to a passion for evangelism and missions as our next priority. Last year, 23 percent of our Southern Baptist congregations baptized no one. I believe evangelism and missions must always be birthed out of a fresh awakening and a seeking of God in personal revival.
Without further dialog.
From a Fellow SBC Committee Member:
It is my pleasure to encourage the election of Dr. Frank Cox as President of our Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Cox exemplifies all the qualities necessary for directing our convention. He is a conservative theologian who has the godly wisdom required to unify the leadership and various agencies of our convention. Should controversy arise, he would be an excellent “Man in the Gap”! May God help us choose the right leadership.
Chair, Cooperative Program
SBC Executive Committee
BancFirst Corporation of Oklahoma
From a Fellow Georgia Pastor:
I intend to vote for Frank Cox because of his percentage support of the Cooperative Program. The North Metro Church sets an example for all churches both large and small to follow. At the present time North Metro Baptist Church gives 13% to the CP. Over the years the North Metro Church has faced many challenges. They have relocated their church, grown tremendously, and started many new ministries. Their impact has been felt in North Atlanta, across the state, in our nation, and around the world. But what has impressed me in Frank being the next SBC President is his consistent support of a percentage gift to the CP. With many of their own personal mission endeavors, and a colossal building payment for their facilities, they have not neglected to do their part to support the work of our institutions and missionaries around the world through the Cooperative Program on a percentage basis. 13% represents twice the current average CP% gift. It also represents the norm of what Southern Baptists did when we were reaching people for Jesus instead of debating the reasons behind our declining numbers.
Fred M. Evers
Senior Pastor, Northside Baptist Church
From a Fellow Georgia Pastor of a small church:
It is with great honor and admiration that I recommend Dr. Frank Cox as President of the Southern Baptist Convention. We Georgia Baptists have been blessed to have a leader with such integrity and humility like that displayed daily in the life and actions of Frank Cox. Sometimes large church leaders forget their own humble beginnings and seem to have no time or interest in the small or medium-sized church, but not Dr. Cox. He is always eager to assist pastors of any church size. Our congregation of 285 people were blessed last October when he lead a spirit-filled revival. As a result, 16 people accepted Jesus as their Savior! And not only does he preach integrity, he practices it. Dr. Cox’s passion for the word of God and his experience in leading God’s people are relevant for the struggles we face as Southern Baptists. I believe it is God’s will for Frank to lead us and that the time is right. I encourage everyone to support Dr. Cox for President.
Pastor Stacy Dyer
Harmony Grove Baptist Church
Another Fellow Pastor from Georgia:
I will vote for Frank Cox because of his investment in the work of our denomination. Frank has led North Metro to give 13% of their undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program. This is during the same time that the Lord has blessed and grown NMFBC tremendously. They expanded their original facilities, relocated the entire campus, and built a beautiful new campus. During a time where some might have re-channeled and redirected those CP dollars, Dr. Cox has remained a vibrant and vocal champion of the Cooperative Program.
Our convention should never disparage any church or any pastor that is performing Great Commission work independent of the denomination. Such efforts are both commendable and exemplary. But in a day where CP giving is not all that it needs to be, Southern Baptists need a CP champion in the presidency.
For many years I have watched Dr. Frank Cox serve our denomination with distinction, excellence, and grace. He has been a tireless advocate for our collective missionary effort through the Cooperative Program. Dr. Cox has proven his ability to work with all Southern Baptists.
Therefore at this pivotal crossroads in the life of our convention, I invite my fellow messengers in Indianapolis to join me and hundreds of other young pastors in voting for Dr. Frank Cox as our next president.
Emmanuel Baptist Church
From former staff members:
I have known Frank Cox for 17 years. He has consistently been an example of courage, conviction, and character. I know no other pastor that champions the Cooperative Program like Dr. Cox. I believe he should be elected as the next president of the SBC.
Minister of Education & Administration
Burkemont Baptst Church
I have known Frank Cox since 1983 when I served on his staff. I watched Frank from a front row seat behind the scenes deal with some of the most devastating blows any Pastor could sustain. It was during this time Frank and his wife (Debbie) discovered she had a brain tumor (which took her life in 1986). It was also during this same short time period I watched an evil group of people do all they could to tear down what God was using Frank build up during that time. As a Pastor in his 20′s leading a church of only a couple of hundred people, I saw a man withstand an attack no Pastor would want to withstand and yet stand with integrity and with full confidence God had called him to that place and people. Even when offered a larger church during those difficult times, Frank stayed when lesser men would have folded and moved.
I believe because of Frank’s faithfulness to his call and to the people of North Metro Baptist Church (then known as Pleasant Hill Baptist Church) God has blessed that church which today is a church of thousands. Frank truly has been a pastor of a church of many sizes from small to large. But not because he left to move on to greener pastures. It was because he planted his life through the good times and the bad, loved the people, stayed faithful to evangelism, and most of all to the assignment given him by his Lord. The example I saw in Frank 25 years ago has been a model that has sustained me when there have been times I have wanted to quit. He has proven his leadership on all levels of leadership when called upon in the Georgia Baptist Convention as well as on a national level of the SBC. I have always been impressed with his willingness to serve in the small assignments as well as the big assignments, but always with the same integrity I witnessed all those years ago.
Pastor, ClearView Baptist Church
From a Church Planter:
Dr. Frank Cox has a heart for missions, missionaries, and small church pastors. He has supported my family as missionaries with the IMB and now continues to aid us as church planters with the Arizona Baptist Convention. He has encouraged and provided for us through counsel and prayer, sending mission teams, and contributing financial resources. As a result of his church’s involvement, we have seen over 50 professions of faith over the past three years. Their efforts have helped our church grow from 6 people the first Sunday to 121 last Sunday. Frank and his church have been a great influence and encouragement to me, my wife, and our church.
Church Planter Buckeye, Arizona
From a current Staff Memeber:
Frank Cox doesn’t just say he wants to be involved in the next generation of SBC leaders—he’s already been active in the lives of young men for years. I know this because I‘m one of them.
The first time I met Frank, he was preaching at a revival near my college, Brewton-Parker in Mount Vernon, GA. He was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and I was a college student and youth pastor for a church that had only 80 people in Sunday School.
After the service, I introduced myself to Frank, and he was kind enough to invite me to dinner. He’s continued to mentor me over the past twelve years, and today, at age 32, I have the privilege of serving as a member of his church staff. I know I’ll be forever grateful for his personal involvement in my life.
Adult Minister / North Metro First Baptist
From current church members:
I grew up in a small Southern Baptist church in Illinois and I am happy to support Dr. Frank Cox. I know him to be a humble , honest, and loving family man. He has tremendous leadership skills as a pastor and is conservative in his theology. While North Metro has grown from humble beginnings to a very large church, Frank remains committed to his roots. I have no doubt he will use these same qualities to lead the SBC into a new era of cooperation and evangelistic growth.
CEO McCormick International USA, Inc.
Owner, Miller Family Farms
North Metro Church Member
I have had the honor of walking with Frank Cox in some of his lowest valleys and highest mountaintops. Personally, I witnessed a man who truly depended on God to get him through his darkest days. I saw his true character when we sat by Debbie’s bedside in the overnight hours every night before her death. Even when all of the church members, friends, and family would leave the hospital each day, I watched him rely on God’s strength to care for and encourage his wife as she was about to step into eternity. Seeing his walk of faith helped get me through my low times in life.
I have also seen Frank give God all of the glory in all of his successes. I questioned why Frank would want to come pastor that small “country church” on Pleasant Hill Road after seminary many years ago. But God gave Frank a vision of the lives that could be changed in the community that would soon have a booming population. He has met many challenges in growing Pleasant Hill Baptist Church into what is now North Metro First Baptist Church. In the relocation and every building expansion, Frank led our church to remain faithful to evangelism and missions support. When it would have been easy to focus on our needs and just our ministry here at North Metro, he led us to keep a balanced view of winning our world to Jesus Christ through going and our giving.
I get to experience Frank now even as he lets his guard down in our accountability/encouragement small group. In every aspect of his life, he truly seeks God and obeys what God wants him to do. I know God will use Frank to lead Southern Baptists in a powerful way in the years ahead.
Member, North Metro First Baptist Church
As a member of North Metro First Baptist Church for 15 years I have served in various leadership positions as a lay person. Throughout these years, Dr. Frank Cox has consistently taught our congregation the importance of growing our relationship with Jesus Christ. This growth has led our congregation, including myself, in serving through the various ministries NMFBC offers. From local, regional, and international missionary support, to actual missionary service, our congregation knows the importance of working cooperatively with fellow Southern Baptists as Jesus uses us to spread His Gospel to the whole world.
As a member of North Metro First Baptist Church and an accountability partner of my pastor, I would like to give my whole hearted endorsement for Dr. Frank Cox for President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Member: North Metro First Baptist Church