Rick Lance

Rick Lance
Rick Lance
2001 East South Boulevard
PO Box 11870
Montgomery, AL36111

Dr. Rick Lance
Executive Director
Alabama Baptist Convention

As executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention, State Missionary Rick Lance is seeking to give leadership to 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Elected in June of 1998, Rick served as executive director-elect from July 15, 1998, to Jan. 31, 1999. On February 1, 1999, he assumed his official duties following the retirement of his predecessor, Troy Morrison.

Previously, Rick served as pastor for 29 years. His most recent pastorate, First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, is where he served 15 years. The churches where he has ministered range in size from a few hundred to almost 5,000 in total membership.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members of Vaughn Forest Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Education: bachelor of arts, Samford University (major areas of study: religion and speech); master of divinity, New Orleans Seminary (major areas of study: biblical studies and pastoral ministries); Ed.D., New Orleans Seminary (major areas of study: pastoral counseling and preaching); doctoral dissertation: An Investigation of Logotherapy for a Possible Theory of Personality as it Relates to Pastoral Counseling; D.D., Judson College; Doctor of Humane Letters, Samford University.

Other Ministerial Experience: pastor, First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa; pastor, First Baptist Church, Cullman; pastor, West End Baptist Church, Birmingham; pastor, Valence Street Baptist Church, New Orleans, La.; 1969-1973; student pastorates in Birmingham.

Other Denominational Service: 1979-1983, served on State Executive Board; 1983-1985, first vice president, Alabama Baptist Convention; 1985, chairman, properties committee, Alabama Baptist Convention; 1985, acting chairman of personnel committee for Executive Committee of the State Board of Missions; 1985-1995, trustee of Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board; 1988-1992, trustee, Samford University; 1989-present, member of New Orleans Seminary Foundation Board; 1990-1992, president, Alabama Baptist State Convention; 1993, member, feasibility study committee, Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers; 1988-1990 and 1993-1995, Strategic Planning Task Force, Alabama Baptist Convention; 1996-1998, vice chairman, Bylaws Review Committee, Alabama Baptist Convention; 1997 trustee, Judson College; 2006, President, Executive Directors Association, Southern Baptist Convention.

Title Book/Chapter/Verse Subject
Why Is The Church So Important? 1 Corinthians  Church; Power in the Church; Holy Spirit; Christian Living
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? 1 Peter  1 Maturity; Christian Living; Purpose in Life
The Testimony of God's Trustworthiness Habakkuk  2 :17-19 Faith; Trustworthiness, God's
Warning About Deliberate Sin Hebrews  10 :10-31 Sin, Deliberate;
Two Ways of Life Jeremiah  17 :5-10 Life, Meaning of; Path for Life
When An Ordinary Christmas Becomes Extraordinary Luke  2 :25-32 Christmas; Birth of Jesus; Stress in Holidays; Joy
Worshiping the Savior, not a Celebrity Matthew  28 :18-20 Worship; The Savior; Celebrity Generation
Going Beyond Facebook Christianity Philippians  3 :10 Christ, Intimate with; Fellowship with Jesus
Your God and Your Tears Psalms  56 :8-11 God's Love; God's Care; Tears; Trusting God
Let The Redeemed of the Lord Say So Psalms  107 :1-10 Testimony; Witness; Death; Thankfulness; Praise
This Hope Which Does Not Disappoint Romans  5 :1-5 Hope; Satisfaction in Life
How To Genuinely Celebrate Christmas Titus  2 :11-15 Christmas; Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

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