NASHVILLE (BP) – Stacy Bramlett, a banking executive in her second term on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, doesn’t take lightly her election Monday (Sept. 20) as EC vice chair. She sought God’s counsel even before accepting the nomination.
“In just praying through this when I was asked if I would be willing to be nominated and just seeking godly counsel and knowing that, God just led me to Esther 4 where He said ‘for such a time as this,’” Bramlett said today (Sept. 23). “I truly believe this is what God has called me to.
“God doesn’t always call us to the easy. But my desire is to be obedient and to be in the center of God’s will,” she said. “I’m very honored to be elected to serve as vice chair. I think it is a tremendous responsibility.”
Bramlett serves as the SBC is addressing various issues including race relations and sexual abuse. She served as the first chair of the Credentials Committee in 2019 when it was repurposed to receive complaints related to those very issues. She said her former leadership of the Credentials Committee gives her valuable insight.
“Listening to survivors’ stories has touched my life in a way that few experiences have. It has changed who I am as a follower of Christ,” she said. “I see those survivors now. It’s changed who I am as a parent. It’s changed who I am as a church member, just the heightened sensitivity to making sure that the church that I belong to, that we do everything we can to make sure that it is a safe place and that we care well.”
She serves alongside EC Chair Rolland Slade, who said he is excited by her election.
“I have worked with her during my time on the Executive Committee and have always found her to be focused on honoring the Lord. She is a committed follower of Christ and importantly a prayer warrior,” said Slade, senior pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif. “We have served together on the CP (Cooperative Program) Committee when I was chair, then as officers when she was elected secretary.”
Richard W. Spring, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Hesperia, Calif., nominated Bramlett for the post that became vacant June 16 when messengers to the SBC 2021 Annual Meeting declined to appoint South Carolina Pastor Tom Tucker to another term on the EC. He had been elected EC vice chair June 14, but with his EC term expiring, the election was moot.
Bramlett has worked in the banking industry 39 years, currently as senior vice president of Independent Bank in Collierville, Tenn., where she manages the mortgage division.
She has served on the EC since 2016, including a term as EC secretary from 2017-2019.
Bramlett is an active member of Collierville First Baptist Church, where she has taught Sunday School and served on the finance committee, personnel committee, building finance committee, worship team and choir.
She and her husband Andy live in Memphis and have two adult sons.