VALDOSTA – Ken Alford, senior pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta, will be nominated for vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention by host pastor Jim Perdue when messengers gather at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins November 11-13 for the annual meeting.
Alford came to the Valdosta church in May of 2005 and the fellowship has flourished under his ministry. He is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, a graduate of Troy State University, and has both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Alabama native began serving as a pastor in 1981 and has served churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida prior to coming to Crossroads. During his tenure at the Valdosta church, new records have been set in Sunday School and worship attendance as well as in baptisms and giving.
Alford has seen Crossroads’ membership increase from 745 to 1600 over the past 13 years. The church ranked number two in the state in the “Large Church” category in the list of “The Top 100 Fastest Growing Sunday Schools” for 2007-2010. The church has led the Valdosta Association in Sunday School and worship attendance and Cooperative Program giving on several occasions during Alford’s ministry.
Crossroads gives 9 percent of undesignated gifts to the Cooperative Program and 12.5 percent of the annual budget is designated for all missions giving.
Wherever Alford has served he has risen to significant places of leadership. In Mississippi, he was elected president of the Pastors’ Conference.
In Florida, Alford served as president of the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference, president of the Florida Baptist Convention, and was the chairman of the Committee on Nominations.
In Georgia the Crossroads pastor served as the chairman of the Order of Business Committee last year and currently is a trustee at Brewton-Parker College.
In Southern Baptist life Alford has served as a member of the Resolutions Committee, the Committee on Committees, as a trustee of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources), a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the North American Mission Board.