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To The Shepherded At Severns Valley

To The Shepherded At Severns Valley

Our lead shepherd at Severns Valley Baptist Church, Dr. Bill Langley, has been elected the 2017 President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) at its recent annual convention. All of us who know and sit under his biblical teaching and preaching were not surprised by their choice of him as president this year. In fact, we applaud that decision and rejoice at the leadership and shepherding skills he brings to the office of KBC President.

Given the chaos in our nation and the difficulties we face nationally and locally, the KBC found itself needing a shepherd for 2017. Dr. Langley was the best choice for the days we are facing. He has a shepherd’s heart and is concerned about the KBC, its churches and its members. He knows Jesus is the only answer for all we are facing as a nation and as the local church. He is Christ-centered in how he faces life and how he leads. He knows God’s Word intimately and uses it to help those of us who are facing the difficulties and struggles of life. 

Dr. Langley lives his life daily in Christ as he models and encourages us to be Christ-like in our lives. Those of us who know him can attest to that. He is a man of prayer and he challenges all of us to pray. He is a man whose heart breaks when he sees lostness in those around him. This brokenness causes him to share Christ with the lost from the pulpit and as he meets people. He points people who are struggling to the hope, the help and the healing which is found only in a personal relationship with Christ. 

This role as KBC President will require a lot from Dr. Langley. He will be called upon to speak and represent Kentucky Baptists throughout the year. He will be called to shepherd pastors in our state. He will be asked to step up and step into the chaos which we may face as a state and nation speaking on behalf of KBC pastors and churches. 

As a church, we have a role as Dr. Langley serves as KBC President. First, we must pray for Dr. Langley and his staff at Severns Valley. As he takes on the mantle of the KBC presidency, not only will it demand much from him, but it will require his staff to shoulder more responsibilities. Let us commit to pray for our Severns Valley pastors and staff. As we do with any leader, let us also commit to pray for his wife and family because the responsibilities as our Sr. Pastor and KBC President will demand much from our lead shepherd and his wife. Let us join one another and pray for his health and strength. Finally, we need to pray God will be glorified through Dr. Langley’s leadership in the coming year at Severns Valley and at the KBC. And for those times when Dr. Langley has to be away from Severns Valley, let each of us make a commitment to continue to be dedicated in our prayer support, in our attendance, in our tithes, in our giving, and in our serving at Severns Valley as we continue to make much of Jesus.

As a church and as a shepherded people, let us all covenant to pray for Dr. Langley, for Severns Valley and for the KBC every day in the coming year. And, let us pray many will come to know Christ in 2017 because of our testimony individually, as a church and as the KBC under the leadership of Dr. Bill Langley.

Praying together in Christ,

Dr. Ray Hicks

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