Evangelism leader announces retirementby BSCNC Communications
Don McCutcheon, evangelization group leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC), announced today that he will retire June 1 after seven years of ministry with the BSCNC.
McCutcheon made the announcement during a regularly scheduled BSCNC Executive Committee meeting at Caraway Conference Center.
McCutcheon shared that this decision comes after nearly a year praying and seeking the Lord’s guidance. His parents in South Carolina continue to decline in health, and as the only surviving son, he desires to be closer to them on a more regular basis.
He also desires to expand and share the Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy (IECS) with other state conventions, as well as among the nations, which would require more time away from BSCNC responsibilities.
McCutcheon will continue to work with the BSCNC in a contractural relationship to expand IECS and to provide leadership for the Billy Graham “My Hope” evangelism emphasis this year.
“I have tremendous peace. I know this is God’s will,” McCutcheon said. “This is something God has been calling me toward, and through IECS and ‘My Hope,’ I will still be able to enjoy a connection with the Tar Heel state and the Convention.”
McCutcheon has served the Lord through full time ministry for 41 years. He served as director of the evangelism strategy department of the Florida Baptist Convention and as an appointed missionary associate in evangelism for the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board). He has also pastored several churches.
Although born in South Carolina, McCutcheons’ roots are in North Carolina, as he is a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and Gardner-Webb University. His late wife Kathy, who died of cancer after McCutcheon began his ministry in North Carolina, was a North Carolina native.
“God has granted me unbelievable favor in the eyes of the leadership, the pastors and the laity in North Carolina more than I ever dreamed possible. During the journey Kathy and I went through, their prayers and compassion gave me more strength than they will ever know. I have seen God’s power in my weakness,” he said.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer, expressed appreciation for McCutcheon's service and ministry.
"I am grateful that he has agreed to continue working on a contract basis. IECS is very valuable and important, and I am glad he will be able to take it to other state conventions and countries," Hollifield said. "We love and appreciate him, and will miss him."
McCutcheon said his time in North Carolina has been fruitful for the Kingdom, as he has seen more people come to faith in Christ, be baptized and discipled in their faith than any other place he has served.
“This has been the toughest and the most blessed seven years of my life in ministry,” he said. “God has taught me so much during this time. I have been a beneficiary of mission support from North Carolina Baptists, and I am so grateful to have also been able to foster that.”