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SBC DIGEST: Kentucky pastor named college president; Illinois names leadership development director

Ky. Baptist pastor to become president of Carver Bible College

By Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – A Kentucky Baptist pastor who has been instrumental in healing racial divides and sending the Gospel to the nations has been named president of Carver Bible College in Atlanta.

C.L. and Peggy Jordan

C.L. Jordan, pastor of Bible Community Fellowship in the Portland area of Louisville, will begin his position at Carver on Feb. 1, 2021. He has been a board member at the college for 13 years. He replaces Robert Crummie, who died earlier this year after serving 20 years as president. Shortly after Crummie’s death, the board asked Jordan if he would consider becoming president. He will be the sixth president of the 77-year-old institution.

Jordan’s move to Georgia leaves a void in Kentucky, where he has pastored for 17 years as well as serving on the Kentucky Baptist Mission Board and the Louisville Regional Baptist Association.

In his tenure at Bible Community Fellowship, the church has ministered to more than 5,000 people, including hosting 10 consecutive Thanksgiving outreaches.

“We have witnessed some people in Portland who were hostile toward us in the beginning to became members of our church,” Jordan said.

Jordan, an African American, has been a racial unifier in Kentucky and wants the predominantly Black college in Atlanta to become more diversified.

“I’d love to reach out to the community at large and diversify and see the student body diversify,” he said. “We’ve already accomplished that in leadership with faculty and staff. I’d love to see that happen at the student level. We want to continue, in the last days, preparing men and women. Our effort is to get them in the marketplace and putting people in the mission field.”

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IBSA names leadership development director

By Illinois Baptist Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – Fran Trascritti has been named the Illinois Baptist State Association’s (IBSA) new administrative director of leadership development and will join the staff Nov. 1. In addition to leading the leadership development team in Springfield, his role includes supervision of zone consultants across the state.

Fran Trascritti

He and his wife Teresa will relocate to Illinois from the Nashville area, where Trascritti served at Lifeway Christian Resources, initially as a church partner, then as the brand manager for the “Explore the Bible” curriculum. Most recently, he served as the director of church partnerships. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has previously served in various roles in the local church, including nine years as a senior pastor.

“We are excited about God’s direction in this decision,” said Mark Emerson, IBSA’s associate executive director, “and are looking forward to Fran helping IBSA deliver network value, inspiring each church to thrive in health, growth and mission.”

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