West Virginia Baptist Convention hires executive minister

PARKERSBURG — In a special called meeting on Nov. 11, the Executive Board of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, acting on the recommendation of the Executive Minister Search Committee, voted to hire Dr. Michael B. Sisson as the executive minister for the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

Sisson will begin his duties on April 1, 2018. Until that time, Dr. Michael Stephens will continue in the interim role.

Past president and chair of the Search Committee, Mark Wood said, “The search committee is grateful for the prayers of our West Virginia Baptist Convention family and we are excited about what Dr. Sisson will bring to the life and ministry of the West Virginia Baptist Convention.”

Sisson is currently the senior pastor of Crab Orchard Baptist Church (Greenbrier-Raleigh). He has served in that position for nine years. Prior to coming to Crab Orchard, he served the pastorates of Sutton Baptist Church (Elk Valley) and New Life Baptist Church in Shady Spring.

Sisson said, “I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve the West Virginia Baptist Convention and appreciate all the prayers and encouraging words I have already received. It was the early Baptist missionary, William Carey, who is quoted as saying, ‘Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.’ These words no doubt formed his ministry and mission as he stepped onto an unknown mission field in India and as he undertook the monumental task of translating the Bible into at least seven new languages. Carey’s words describe the excitement and anticipation I feel as I look forward to working with a gifted Convention staff in serving the many wonderful churches of the West Virginia Baptist Convention! We worship a God of endless possibility; expectantly looking to Him to guide us into the future.”