Timmy Blair Sr. was elected, without opposition, as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) for 2015 at the annual meeting in Greensboro on November 11, 2014.
Blair has served as pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier since 1987, except for a one-year pastorate in South Carolina. Other churches he has served include Bolton Baptist in Bolton and Salem Baptist in Aynor, South Carolina. Blair led Piney Grove Chapel to have the highest number of baptisms in the Little River Association for a number of years and was recognized by the BSCNC in 2000 for being in the top ten for baptisms in its size category.
Blair has previously served the BSCNC on the board of directors and the Committee on Committees. He was also chairman of the Program, Place, and Preacher Committee in 2009.
After attending Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Blair received his undergraduate degree and Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary. He and his wife Wendy have two married sons and two grandchildren.
Blair wrote a bi-weekly newspaper column, “Timeless Truths,” for The Angier Independent for years, and is also heard weekly on the radio. He has preached numerous revivals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia, as well as led mission trips to South Carolina, West Virginia, New Mexico, South Dakota, and South Africa.
Blair did not grow up in a church-going family, but a high school friend, Kenn Hucks, witnessed to Blair. Hucks was scheduled to sing with his youth choir in a revival service and invited 16-year-old Blair to attend the program. “I agreed to go, but I slipped into the back pew of that revival service,” he said. “I planned to slip out and go about my life, but that night God spoke to my heart, the Holy Spirit convicted me. I walked the aisle and gave my life to Jesus Christ.” At age 17 he answered the call to preach and began filling in as a lay-preacher wherever he was needed.
Blair is amazed at the course his life has taken—from living in a broken home, to pastoring the same church for 26 years, and now to serving as the president of the BSCNC. “To look at my life, from where I’ve come to where I am, it’s just a work of God’s grace,” Blair said. “I am so thankful and humbled to serve Him and to be saved. Anything beyond that—whether it’s pastoring or serving the convention—it’s just icing on the cake.”
His most fulfilling pastoral work is to preach the gospel and minister to people. “What you do Monday through Saturday to touch the people—being there with the people, whether they are hurting or rejoicing—I’ve always felt like that gave me the platform for what I do on Sunday. I love to be with my people.”
Congratulations Pastor Blair on your election as president, and on the many years of service for God.