BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) — Stephanie Orr has been named chairman of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention’s Tellers Committee, SBC President J.D. Greear announced today (March 4).
Ray Carr, pastor of Baptist Center Church in Clayton, N.C., has been appointed vice chair.
Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area, told Baptist Press, “I could not be more pleased to have Stephanie Orr as our chair for the Tellers Committee. I personally know of students whose lives she has impacted in her role as the registrar for the Baptist College of Florida who are now at our church and have been a huge blessing to us. She and her husband Mike have served our convention faithfully for years and I’m confident that her leadership will be an invaluable asset to Southern Baptists in this role.
Greear added, “Pastor Ray is a proven leader who has the experience both in the local church and in Southern Baptist life to be an incredible resource to our annual meeting. Under Stephanie and Ray’s leadership, I’m confident we will have a smooth, efficient annual meeting in Birmingham which will allow our messengers to stay focused on keeping the Gospel above all.”
Orr is a graduate of The Baptist College of Florida, and she serves as the registrar there. She is also a board member of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. Her husband Mike is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Chipley, Fla.
“What an exciting opportunity to serve our Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as the chair of the Tellers Committee,” Orr said. “I am truly humbled and honored at the chance to work side by side with some of the SBC heroes of the faith. May the Lord continue to bless our efforts as we desperately seek the lost and share the Good News with them.”
Carr was born and raised on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. He accepted Christ after visiting a church started by Southern Baptist missionaries. Carr earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor since 1991, served two terms as president of the St. Vincent Baptist Convention, has been the chairman of the National Advisory Council for Evangelism Explosion, and since 2012 has been the pastor of Baptist Center Church in Clayton, N.C.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as vice chair of the Tellers Committee for the upcoming SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.,” Carr said. “I look forward to working with the other members of the committee as we seek to advance the Gospel.”
Greear plans to announce the remainder of his appointments to the Tellers Committee next week.