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The Pastor Search Team would like to announce the hiring of Dr. Tommy Vinson as our Interim pastor. We interviewed multiple, wonderful candidates and believe through much prayer that God has led us to hire Brother Tommy as the interim. We hope to have him in the pulpit sometime in November.
Tommy Vinson was born in Tupelo, MS. He grew up in the home of a share cropper, the third of four children. He married his high school sweetheart Rose when they were nineteen.
Tommy and his family attended church regularly as he grew up, but he only came to full assurance of his salvation six weeks before graduating from high school. He was discipled by the Navigators while serving in
the United States Air Force. He began pursuing God’s will to preach the gospel when he was nineteen years old.
Tommy graduated from the United States Air Force Air Traffic Control Academy, Blue Mountain College, Luther Rice Theological Seminary, and was honored with theDoctor of Divinity degree from Florida Bible College in 1987.
This year marks Tommy’s fifty second year of preaching the gospel. He pastored churches in MS, TN, and FL. His last two pastorates were Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Winter Park, Florida and
as a Teaching Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Collierville, TN. He resigned that position in 2013 to enter full time itinerant ministry of teaching and preaching.
Over the years he has been active in serving his denomination at both the local, state and national level. Until moving to TN he served on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has been privileged to preach in both the MS and TN state conventions and state Pastor’s Conferences. He also has preached in several hundred
revivals/conferences through the years. He served as President of the Florida Baptist Pastor’s Conference for 2007.
One of his passions is being involved in missions. This takes him often to India where his daughter’s family, including four of his grandchildren, served until recently with the International Mission Board. He teaches in Pastor Training Institutes throughout India each year.
Please be in prayer for Brother Tommy and his wife Rose as the transition to this very important calling of Interim pastor.