By Shannon Baker, BCM/D National Correspondent
WALDORF, Md.—Potomac Baptist Association members elected Keith Corrick, pastor of Maryland’s Hughesville Baptist Church, as their new director of missions during a special called meeting at First Baptist Church of St. Charles in Waldorf, Md., on June 18.
Wayne Kempson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waldorf expressed comments in favor of the motion to elect Corrick: “My impression is that with Keith coming on board, we really are poised for an exciting future and a good cooperation together among the churches.”
Rick Hancock, chairman of the personnel team and pastor of the association’s Dunkirk Baptist Church, said nearly 50 candidates from around the country submitted their resumes to the PBA.
He said, after much prayer, the team narrowed the candidates down to 10 men, with whom they conducted phone interviews, and then down to four men, whom were sent out a very detailed questionnaire.
“Through their written responses, we got a real good sense of where they were, what their philosophy of ministry was, what they are currently doing—because we believe what they were doing now is probably what they are going to do in the context of the Association,” Hancock said.
The personnel committee then had lengthy phone interviews with the four candidates, narrowed it down to two and then took around a week “to seek and hear from the heart of the Lord,” he said.
“We came back together, and it was absolutely unanimous Keith Corrick was the guy that God was leading us to,” Hancock said.
Corrick has pastored four churches during his 31 years of pastoral ministry in the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, including Yale Heights Baptist Mission, which later constituted as a church in the Baltimore Association, and Beltsville Baptist Church in Prince Georges Association. While there, he assisted with a Haitian church plant in Chillum Heights, Md.
During his 11-year pastorate at Liberty Baptist Church of the Mid-Maryland Association, he led his church to sponsor a new church plant in Columbia, Md. At Hughesville Baptist, where he has served as senior pastor for the last 13 years, he assisted the leadership of PBA’s New Covenant Community Church.
Corrick has led three different churches in building projects. While at Beltsville he led in renovating a new worship sanctuary. During his time at Liberty Baptist, he led the church in building and relocating to an entire new facility. In 2006, Hughesville built a new worship sanctuary, educational wing and office space.
Corrick is a native of Maryland, born in 1953 in Olney. He and his wife Terri just celebrated 40 years of marriage. They have three children: Greg, who resides in Leonardtown, Md., and is a middle school Bible teacher and athletic director at Southern Maryland Christian Academy in White Plains, Md.; Brian, who is pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenelg, Md.; and Philip, who serves in the U.S. Navy as a rescue swimmer/weapons and tactics instructor in Fallon, Nev. The Corricks have six grandchildren.
Corrick received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 17 at Elkridge Baptist Church in Elkridge, Md. At the age of 27 he surrendered to the Gospel Ministry at First Baptist Church of Laurel, Md. Soon after, the Corricks moved to New Orleans to begin theological education. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Washington Bible College, and Southern Baptist School for biblical studies.
Corrick served during these formative years of the expansion of the SBC Disaster Relief Program and the development of World Changers. In 1997-98, he was selected by his peers to serve as one of two members of the Brotherhood Trustee Board as an Incorporator for the North American Mission Board.
Throughout his many years of ministry Corrick has served as vice president of the BCM/D’s General Mission Board and on various state and association committees. He also conducted evangelism training schools throughout the state convention.
Corrick said he sees the role of the Director of Missions as one of assisting churches to accomplish their unique God-given mission. He believes all churches are important to God, no matter the size. It is his desire to minister in a role where he can assist, resource and encourage pastors and churches to accomplish their mission.
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