Milton A. Hollifield Jr., who has served as executive director-treasurer since April 2006, announced his retirement effective Feb. 28, 2021. This page will provide updates on the search for a new executive director-treasurer.

Contact the Committee
The deadline for recommending candidates to be the next executive director-treasurer was Sept. 30, but the committee still desires input from North Carolina Baptists. As the search process enters the next phase, the committee desires feedback about what qualities are desired in a convention leader. The committee requests that all communication about the search take place through the designated email address: [email protected]

Duties of the Executive Director-Treasurer
The executive director-treasurer serves as the chief executive officer of the convention, the chief professional adviser of the convention, the board of directors and its committees, and one of the denomination’s spiritual leaders, providing statewide guidance and inspiration.

Candidate Profile
The committee has developed the following candidate profile which outlines the qualities and characteristics that the next executive director-treasurer should possess.

“The ideal EDT candidate demonstrates faithful commitment to the absolute authority of the Bible, as well as a faithful walk with God that is reflected in his character, integrity, wisdom and prayer habits. His ministry values must exemplify a clear vision for the Great Commission and a record of leadership that will motivate North Carolina Baptists to reach all generations and all ethnicities represented in the state. His commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the Cooperative Program and the mission offerings of the SBC and BSCNC must be unquestionable.”

Search Committee
On Thursday, July 16, Board of Directors’ President Melanie Wallance named a nine-member search committee that has been charged with recommending the next executive director-treasurer. Please pray for the committee and its members as they conduct their work. Members of the committee are listed below.


Search Committee

Noah Crowe (Chairman)  
Intentional Interim Pastor
Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, Murphy

Noah Crowe serves as the intentional interim pastor at Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church in Murphy. Noah has been involved in a variety of missions and ministry efforts in western North Carolina and beyond. He previously served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Robbinsville for 16 years. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Noah currently serves on the Baptist state convention’s board of directors and executive committee. Noah and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. Noah is also an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Jarrod Scott  
Green Pines Baptist Church, Knightdale
Jarrod Scott has served as lead pastor of Green Pines Baptist Church in Knightdale since 2005. In addition to his preaching and teaching ministry, Jarrod has led or participated in mission trips around the world. He previously served on the Baptist state convention’s board of directors from 2010-2013 and on the executive committee from 2011-2013. Jarrod is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Julie, have four children.


Beth Wooten 
Beulaville Baptist Church

Beth Wooten is an elementary school teacher and an active member of Beulaville Baptist Church, where her husband, Bartley serves as pastor. Beth serves in various church ministries and has participated in several mission trips. She previously served on Baptist state convention’s Committee on Nominations, and she currently serves as a trustee at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth graduated from Furman University with a degree in education. Her father, Bill Mackey, served as executive-director treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention for 13 years before his retirement in 2011. The Wootens have three children and enjoy spending time together.

K. Allan Blume (Vice Chairman)
Transitional Interim Pastor
Pittsboro Baptist Church

K. Allan Blume has devoted more than 50 years of total ministry in Baptist life. He retired in May 2019 as editor and president of the Biblical Recorder and remains active in Baptist life. Allan currently serves as interim pastor of Pittsboro Baptist Church. He served three years as president of the Baptist state convention’s board of directors and participated in multiple committees and trustee boards of the Southern Baptist Convention. Allan and his wife, Pam, are members of First Baptist Church of Cary. The Blumes have one adult son.

Mike Sowers 
Buies Creek First Baptist Church

Mike Sowers has served as pastor of Buies Creek First Baptist Church since 2017. Before coming to Buies Creek, Mike served as a consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and as pastor and youth minister. Mike teaches missions and church planting at Fruitland Baptist Bible College’s North Roanoke satellite campus. He is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and Campbell University. Mike met his wife Sara while he was serving in the Coast Guard in Sara’s hometown of Kodiak, Alaska. The Sowers have two children.

Quintell Hill  
Multiply Community Church, Monroe
Quintell Hill serves as lead pastor of Multiply Community Church in Monroe, a church he planted in 2019. Quintell accepted Christ at age 15 and answered a call to ministry at age 17. He is a graduate of the University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala., and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Quintell and his wife, Christie, have two children that God blessed them with through the gift of adoption. Quintell enjoys hunting, fishing, sports and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Thoppil
Salem Baptist Church, Dobson

Jennifer Thoppil is an active member of Salem Baptist Church in Dobson and has participated in several mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad. She has also served on the Baptist state convention’s Committee on Nominations. Thoppil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and works as a registered nurse. Her husband, Cecil, is a medical doctor, and the Thoppils have two children. Jennifer enjoys spending time with the Lord through Bible study and prayer. She also enjoys reading, traveling, teaching and showing hospitality.

Andrew Hopper  
Lead Pastor
Mercy Hill Church, Greensboro
Andrew Hopper serves as lead pastor of Mercy Hill Church in Greensboro, a church he planted in 2012 with a core team of 30 people. By God’s grace, the church has experienced rapid growth and established a sending culture. Andrew graduated from North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C., where he played football. He also graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Andrew currently serves on the Baptist state convention’s board of directors. He and his wife, Anna, have four children.

Don Warren  
Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia

Don Warren is a retired textile executive and civic leader who has played an active role in N.C. Baptist life. A longtime member of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, Don has served as deacon chairman, elder and Sunday School teacher. He also served as president of the Baptist state convention’s board of directors and on the board of the Biblical Recorder. Don also served on the Greater Gaston Baptist Association’s finance committee. As a strong supporter of missions and other civic causes, Don has received numerous honors for his philanthropy and service. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have been married for more than 66 years.

“By God’s grace, we will become the strongest force in the history of this convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Milton A. Hollifield Jr.

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