Oct. 12, 2010
For Immediate Release
By Natasha Janes, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Don Mathis, president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention who is a vocational evangelist, will speak at Campbellsville University’s chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.
|Dr. Don Mathis|
Mathis, of Bowling Green, Ky., was elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention for the 2009-2010 term and is the first two-time president of the convention in 48 years. He has been the pastor of five Kentucky Baptist churches and has preached approximately 700 revival meetings.
Mathis said, “I believe in the New Testament church and believe that the calling of evangelists is primarily that of encouraging and assisting churches in carrying out the Great Commission.” Mathis believes that all are lost without Christ thus Christ gave the Great Commission to every church and individual Christian.
He has pastored churches that have experienced 3,200 additions with two tripling in size and all three reaching the highest attendance in their histories. These churches, which ranged in average attendance in Sunday School of 77 to 945 and in worship from 100 to 1,100, include: Crofton Baptist Church in Cromwell, Ky.; Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, Ky.; Central Baptist Church in Corbin, Ky.; and Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Ky.
He has also served as executive director/minister of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists and director of pastor-staff leadership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Mathis has published books titled, “Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Ministry: Prescription for Effective Leadership” (for young pastors; used in seminaries and colleges) “Pastor-Staff Search Committee Guide” (used by thousands of SBC churches) and has had pieces in a few magazines including “Minister’s Family,” “Let’s Worship” and “Deacon.”
Mathis received a bachelor of science degree from Austin Peay University; master of divinity and doctor of divinity degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of divinity degree from the University of the Cumberlands.
He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and one granddaughter, daughter, Laura Beth Conley and her husband, Chris, and daughter, Kate, of Winchester, Ky., and a son, Donny II, and his wife, Amber, who live in Taylors, S.C.
All chapels are open to the public free of charge and are televised live on WLCU (Comcast Cable channel 10) and are streamed live on the Internet.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.