BRIAN UPSHAW

Interim Executive Director-Treasurer

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Brian Upshaw began serving as interim executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) on March 1, 2021, following the retirement of Milton A. Hollifield Jr. Upshaw will serve until a permanent executive director-treasurer is elected.

Since joining the state convention staff in October 2008, Uphsaw has served in a variety of key leadership positions. In January 2021, he was named interim executive leader of the Evangelism and Discipleship group, and he has led the work of the convention’s Disciple-Making team for a number of years. Uphsaw has also served stints as team leader of the Church Health and Revitalization team and the former Church Ministry team. He also coordinates the annual N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference.

Prior to joining the state convention, Upshaw served local churches in Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. From 2000 to 2008, he served at First Baptist Church of Gulfport, Mississippi, where he ascended to the office of senior associate pastor. He has also served in various youth ministry and education roles in local churches.

Upshaw has also led or participated in several short-term mission trips. In addition, he has trained pastors and church leaders in East Asia, the Philippines, Moldova and Argentina.

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Upshaw earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He taught music and was a middle school band director for several years before answering a call to vocational ministry.

 Upshaw went on to earn his master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of philosophy degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he teaches graduate-level courses in leadership and disciple-making.

 Upshaw and his wife, Brandie, have been married for more than 26 years, and they have two grown children.

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