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J.D. Greear is an American Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (a position he has held since January 2002) and the 62nd President…

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James David (J.D.) Greear is an American Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (a position he has held since January 2002) and the 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Before coming to work at The Summit he worked with the International Mission Board. He entered the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999, graduating in 2003 with a doctorate in Philosophy, concentrating primarily on Christian and Islamic theology. He is also a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and received his Bachelor of Arts from Campbell University. Greear comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Greear was born on 1 May 1973, Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States. As of 2019, he is 46 years old.

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J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the author of Jesus, Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You (2014), Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved(2013), and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011). Greear and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh, NC with their four children.

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“Gospel change is the Spirit of God using the story of God to make the beauty of God come alive in our hearts”

“Faith is not the absence of doubt; it is continuing to follow Jesus in the midst of doubt.”

“It is one thing to understand the gospel but is quite another to experience the gospel in such a way that it fundamentally changes us and becomes the source of our identity and security.”

“The Gospel Prayer
In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.
Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy.
As You have been to me, so I will be to others.
As I pray, I’ll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection.”

“Repentance is not subsequent to belief; it is part of belief. It is belief in action-choice that flow out of conviction. Repentance literally means “a change of mind” (in Greek, metanoia; meta-“new”, noia=”mind”) about Jesus. Repentance is not merely changing your action; it is changing your actions because you have changed your attitude about Jesus’ authority and glory.”

“The gospel has done its work in us when we crave God more than we crave everything else in life and when seeing His kingdom advance in the lives of others gives us more joy than anything we could own. When we see Jesus as greater than anything the world can offer, we’ll gladly let everything else go to possess Him.”


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J.D. Greear Talks about Sex Abuse, Racial Division in the SBC in Exclusive Interview

Although every major numerical indicator of success for the Southern Baptist Convention is trending downward, you would never know it from the tone in J.D. Greear’s voice. From the moment the exclusive interview with Christian Headlines started, J.D. Greear, who is the youngest ever Southern Baptist Convention president, had a tone of excitement and encouragement for the denomination that has weathered a series of tough terrain during his first year as its head. It is something that Greear does not shy away from addressing.

“It’s been challenging and difficult at times, but inspiring to see what God is doing within the 48,000 Southern Baptist Churches,” the SBC president told CH. During his first year as president, it was uncovered by the Houston Chronicle that a number of Southern Baptist churches and pastors had concealed sexual abuse issues.

According to Greear, “We do not want to create a safe place within our churches for anyone who is not there for the right reasons.” There have been some within the denomination who have not agreed with Greear and the policies that he has developed in handling the sexual abuse cases. Greear, however, believes that he did the right thing, and a vast majority of Southern Baptists agree with him. “Handling this issue was a gospel issue for me,” Greear shared.

One thing that many notices about the SBC president is that he is a man who leads with comfort and ease, even in areas such as race. This year, there were six convention agencies that were vacant. There were some within the denomination who thought the convention should find people of color to fill these spots. The convention president has no authority in how agency heads are chosen. Instead, it is left up to the trustees of those agencies.
Ultimately, people of color were not chosen to fill the vacant spots. In response to this, Greear said, “I can understand where some of that discouragement comes from, and I feel it too.” Greear, who is responsible for the placement of denominational committee members, made it his mission to bring about racial and gender inclusion. This year, the convention will be filled by the largest ethnic diversity make up ever, as 48 percent of the members will be people of color and women.

Pastor of Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, Greear is quick to give praise to the team around him when asked how he keeps up with being both the pastor of a church that averages 10,000 in weekly attendance and being the president of the largest Protestant denomination in the country. “I’ve got a good team around me that helps share the load and responsibility,” the forty-six-year-old proclaimed.

Carrying the responsibility for a denomination that is dealing with the 12th consecutive year of decline would exhaust many leaders, but Greear believes that putting the gospel above anything else is what the convention needs to do.

Author of the book Gospel Above All, Greear believes that the body of Christ needs to put anything that is prohibiting the gospel aside and focus on carrying out the Great Commission. “Our unity as believers should be that of the gospel,” he stated.

When asked why he felt a need to cover what could be controversial issues such as politics and race, Greear is quick to point out that our model for racial diversity is Jesus. Jesus brought together a diverse group of disciples, and yet they still had a common unity.

This is what Greear—who is hoping to be elected to another one year and final term of convention presidency—is hoping to do in this year’s Southern Baptist Convention. While the task may seem daunting, you can tell by Greear’s demeanor that he believes nothing is impossible when God is on your side.


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The thousands of congregations within the large evangelical network of churches are not identical in worship style, political thought nor demographics, said Greear, who leads The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham. But he hopes to help unite them around their shared belief in the Gospel and not let secondary and tertiary issues divide them.

That is one of the reasons he ran for president of the convention, Greear said during last week’s news conference at the evangelical denomination’s annual meeting in Dallas.

His presidency follows that of Pastor Steve Gaines, who leads Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.In this voluntary role, Greear will appoint the members of some Southern Baptist committees and preside over the convention’s annual meeting. He also will be a board member for a number of convention entities.

A generational leadership shift within the Southern Baptist Convention

Many see Greear’s presidency as a generational shift within the convention.

Florida Pastor Ken Whitten, who called the race a watershed election during a critical moment in the life of the denomination, said he nominated Greear because the convention’s membership and leadership need to become more generationally inclusive and racially diverse.
Greear said he has been told that he is one of the younger convention presidents elected in the past several decades.

“What I don’t think is accurate is that this represents some kind of official passing of the baton where now the older generation fades off into the sunlight or the sunset and the new younger generation is in charge,” Greear said. “We walk forward together.”

He hopes those who voted for Ken Hemphill, the older candidate for convention president, understands that, too.

In addition to unity around the Gospel, Greear also wants to increase diversity among leadership, mobilize the college generation and emphasize evangelism and church planting.

Greear: Churches must be safe spaces
Greear assumes his new role as Southern Baptists continue to grapple with their own high-profile #MeToo moment.

At the Dallas news conference, he explained that churches must be hospitable to victims and understand that some things are not only immoral but illegal.

“We have to be safe places for women to report abuse,” Greear said. “We ought to be very quick — and when I say very quick I mean immediate — in reporting the proper things to the authorities.”

He thinks there is an education problem, too. Southern Baptist churches need to understand the law and know the proper steps to take when faced with a report of abuse.

Greear’s remarks come on the heels of a major figure in Southern Baptist life being ousted from his top post at a Texas seminary. Trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas, say they fired Paige Patterson over his mishandling of past allegations from students who told him they were raped. Patterson disputes that he ever mishandled abuse reports.

Patterson also faced pushback for past counsel to abused women and crude remarks about a teen girl’s appearance. He has apologized for the harm his remarks caused.

Greear also thinks women need to serve in leadership roles. While he is a complementarian and does not believe women can be pastors or church elders, Greear does think women have an important perspective that should be heard and gifts that should be shared.

“We’ve also got to be a place where women sit at the seats of influence,” Greear said

Greear withdrew in 2016 for sake of unity

In 2016, Greear bowed out of a close election for convention president, making way for Gaines.

He made the decision after a mathematical anomaly left the convention without a winner despite there being only two candidates on the ballot. Gaines had received more votes but not a majority. (More than 100 ballots had not been properly filled out.)

“I believe that Pastor Steve is a man that all of us, whatever age, can and will rally behind as he leads us forward,” Greear said during the 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis.

Both men had considered stepping aside when they realized yet another vote would be needed to determine the winner. Neither pastor wanted to put the convention through that.
Greear was the one to withdraw his candidacy and he urged his supporters to stand behind Gaines. His announcement, as a video recording of it shows, drew much applause and brought many people to their feet.

“It is time to look at what unites us,” Greear said. “We exist as a convention of churches because we believe that we can do more together than we can do apart.

“What keeps us from splitting into a thousand different directions is one thing — our unity in the Gospel of Jesus and the urgency of the mission.”