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  • Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.

    For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children's Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.

    As a toddler, Lilly faced tough times and was well acquainted with hunger while she was in the care of a drug-addicted birth mother. Read More

  • IMB: Chitwood 'God's next leader' for entity

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- Paul Chitwood was elected unanimously as the 13th president of the Southern Baptists' International Mission Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, during trustees' regularly scheduled meeting near Richmond, Va.

    Chitwood, 48, who has served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as the president of the 173-year-old entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide, with 42 new missionaries approved for appointment by trustees Wednesday (Nov. 14).

    Since September 2018, Clyde Meador, former missionary and IMB executive vice president, has served as IMB's interim president. At Chitwood's request, Meador was approved by trustees to remain in the President's Office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition. Read More

  • Chitwood as IMB pursued: 'OK Lord, I hear You'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- During the International Mission Board's presidential search process, Paul Chitwood knew departing from his role as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention would be difficult. But he couldn't get away from Jesus' words in Mark 10:29 about leaving "house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children" for "the sake of the gospel."

    It came up so much, "I would not open my Bible to" it "because I didn't want to see that again," Chitwood said Nov. 15 following his election as IMB president at the board's International Learning Center near Richmond, Va. "And then the pastor would preach from it."

    "I finally had to say, 'OK Lord, I hear You.'" Read More

  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by David Roach
    ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board trustees. That call culminated today (Nov. 15), he said, with his election as IMB president.

    "Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life, so much so that [my wife] Michelle and I questioned whether God had called us to overseas missions," Chitwood, who served as an IMB trustee from 2002-10 and chaired the board from 2008-10, said upon his election. Read More

  • Chitwood gives farewell address to Ky. Baptists

    by Todd Deaton, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention approved dissociating with congregations that are also part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, broke ties with a university and adopted a $22 million Cooperative Program budget goal.

    Paul Chitwood, who is expected to be elected president of the International Mission Board on Thursday (Nov. 15), also shared what may have been his last address to Kentucky Baptists as executive director.

    With the theme "Bring Good News," the KBC annual meeting convened on Nov. 13 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, marking the first time Kentucky Baptists have met in the Appalachian city of Pikeville. Read More

  • IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    by Julie McGowan, posted Tuesday, November 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Baptist Convention
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board trustees' presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity's 13th president.

    The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

    A former chairman of IMB's board of trustees, Chitwood currently serves as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization with 750,000 members in 2,400 churches and 70 associations. He has served in the role since 2011. Read More

  • Ky. convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Paul Chitwood, Kentucky Baptist Convention President
     
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21.

    Chitwood set forth the convention's position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.

    Andy Beshear, Kentucky attorney general
     
    Among the list is the Kentucky attorney general's office, which announced Sept. 20 a partnership that will seek to offer human trafficking training to Kentucky's commercial drivers and truck-stop employees.

    The Kentucky convention, the state's largest religious organization encompassing a church membership of 750,000, intends for its internal policy to encourage corporate partners to provide employees with human trafficking awareness education. Read More