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Mac Brunson Elected to Pastor FBC, Jacksonville

In a special called business meeting at the close of this morning’s service, the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL voted to call Mac Brunson to be their pastor. This breaking news story was carried by the Florida Baptist Witness today.

The church’s press release is listed below:


Jacksonville, Fla. (February 19, 2006) – Dr. Mac Brunson was voted Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 10:20 a.m. worship service on February 19, 2006. He delivered the sermon in the worship service in view of a call to pastor the church. After the service, a special business meeting was called by Nelson Sturgill, Chairman of Deacons as moderator where a motion was made, with a second, and a vote to call him as pastor. Dr. Brunson accepted the call. His first day in the pulpit will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Brunson is formerly senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. He was pastor of Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina, from 1992-1999 and served previously in churches in Virginia and South Carolina. He was president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2003 and president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina from 1997-1999.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 26 years and have three children: Courtney, Trey, and Wills.

A video introducing Dr. Brunson and his family to the FBC, Jax congregation is viewable by clicking here (Windows Media Player) or here (Real Player).