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Ezell models character, integrity
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

September, 2010

Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board elected Kevin Ezell, senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., as president of the denominational agency Sept. 14. Ezell, who earned his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1988, will provide leadership to the mission board, including responding to the convention's approval in June of the Great Commission Task Force's recommendations.

"Southwestern Seminary is proud of its graduate, Dr. Kevin Ezell," President Paige Patterson said.

"Southern Baptists need above all else at this time leaders of sterling character and absolute integrity. We also need leaders committed to building great churches and to the critical importance of the family. Dr. Ezell beautifully models these virtues. We pray for him as he assumes this great assignment."

According to a news release from NAMB, trustees made the decision during a special called meeting in Atlanta. Following the announcement, Ezell expressed gratitude to God and the board of trustees: "I am honored and humbled that the trustees put this confidence in me. I will do everything I possibly can to honor the Lord in this and to lead the board to a place where it is as effective as it possibly can be."

Ezell said church planting stands at the top of his list of priorities, and he looks forward to meeting with church planters to encourage and learn from them.

Ezell earned his undergraduate degree from Union University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. In June, he served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference in Orlando.

Keith Collier is director of news and information for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (


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