HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 15, 2011 – Fred Shackelford, a 1999 Union University graduate and pastor of Springhill Baptist Church in Paris, Tenn., was elected president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Nov. 15 during the TBC annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.
Shackelford previously served as the TBC vice president.
“I want to encourage pastors and I want to encourage churches to be about taking the gospel to the ends of the earth,” Shackelford said. “To me, that’s why we cooperate. That’s why we’re together. We don’t cooperate to maintain clubs or to maintain the status quo in our own comfort. We cooperate together so that we might reach the nations with the gospel.”
Shackelford will serve as TBC president over the next year and will preside over next year’s annual meeting at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tenn. He said the TBC presidency is not something he sought, but that he was willing to serve when others asked him to consider it.
Corey Cain, pastor of Maplewood Baptist Church in Paris, Tenn., and also a Union alumnus, nominated Shackelford for the position. Shackelford was unopposed.
“Maybe it’s good for somebody like me in my situation to be in that position,” Shackelford said. “Maybe it can be an encouragement to some of the younger guys, some guys who are maybe serving in smaller churches, to reiterate the fact that they really do have a voice. It doesn’t matter what size church you’re in, we’re all in this together.”
A native of Memphis, Shackelford served as minister of students and education at Malesus Baptist Church in Jackson before becoming pastor of Spring Hill in 2004. He has master’s and doctorate degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Jennifer (a 2000 Union graduate), have three sons.