FORT WORTH — Bart Barber, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, will be nominated for 1st vice president at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, June 11-12.
Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., announced the nomination and his endorsement of Barber on Twitter June 7.
“I plan to nominate Bart Barber, pastor of the historic FBC, Farmersville, TX, as 1st VP of the SBC at next week’s annual mtg in Houston,” read Gaines’ Tweet.“It is an honor and privilege to nominate my fellow pastor, Bart Barber, as the 1st vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has faithfully served our Lord, local churches, and our Convention for many years in various capacities,” Gaines said.
Barber’s church “is committed to the Cooperative Program and to SBC missions. He is well qualified to help our president, Dr. Fred Luter, as we all seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and revival on our churches and our institutions,” Gaines added. “I pray that others will join in support of Pastor Barber’s nomination.”
Barber, 43, has served as pastor in Farmersville since 1999 after serving pastorates in Texas, Okla. and Ark.
Last year, FBC Farmersville averaged 292 in Sunday School, The church gives 10 percent of undesignated receipts to the Cooperative Program annually, with more than $33,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
FBC Farmersville members have adopted an unengaged, unreached people group in Senegal. Three mission trips to the country have rendered 17 professions of faith in a collection of tribes that previously had no evangelical presence.
At Southwestern Seminary Barber earned his M.Div. in 1996 and Ph.D. in church history in 2006. He served as adjunct professor at Southwestern from 2006 to 2009. Barber completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University in 1991.
As a trustee at Southwestern Seminary, Barber was selected last year to chair the Academic Administration Committee. He also serves as vice-chairman of the executive board of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
In 2007, former SBC president Frank Page asked Barber to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees.
Born and reared in Lake City, Ark., Barber came to Christ at age five and was called to preach at age 11. He and Tracy, his wife, have two children: Jim, 10; and Sarah, 6.
“I’m deeply moved by the confidence placed in me by Steve Gaines and, should they concur with him, by the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Barber said regarding Gaines’ announcement. “Any role I can play in carrying our cooperative mission work into the coming decades is something I can get excited about.”
With reportage from the SBCT’s TEXAN and Baptist Press