serve on a voluntary basis and are elected by North Carolina Baptists to help guide the ministry and missions efforts of the BSCNC.
During the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the messengers elect a president, first vice president and second vice president to serve a one-year term. The officers may be elected for two consecutive terms. The president presides over the deliberations of the convention and has responsibility of other duties as directed by the convention. Other responsibilities of the president and vice presidents include serving as a nominating committee bringing recommendations for members of the Committee on Nominations to the Board of Directors for their election at its January meeting. The president and vice presidents also serve as ex-officio voting members of all convention committees and of the board and its Executive Committee. The convention officers serve as ex-officio non-voting members of all subcommittees of the convention committees and all committees and subcommittees of the board.
Lee Pigg, Convention President
Lee Pigg has served as senior pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe since 2002. After high school, Pigg planned to a pursue a career in business before God called him into ministry. He graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible College with an associate’s degree in religion, and he also holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical counseling, a master’s degree in church administration and a doctor of ministry degree from Covington Theological Seminary. Prior to his election as president, Pigg served in a variety of leadership roles with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, including the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He also served on the boards of Fruitland and the Biblical Recorder, which included stints as president of both boards. In addition, Pigg served as president of the N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2012. Pigg is passionate about preaching, missions, church planting and disciple-making. Pigg is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, the couple have one daughter, Brittany.
Joel Stephens, Convention First Vice President
Joel Stephens surrendered his life to Jesus in 1982. He and his wife Lisa have four children: Carson, Carrie, Cooper and Cathryn. He serves as senior pastor of Wakefield Central Baptist Church in Zebulon. Stephens has previously served the state convention as second vice president, on the Board of Directors, Chair of the Christian Higher Education Special Committee, Executive Committee, and as chairman of the Committee on Convention Meetings. Stephens has also served in various positions within the Surry Baptist Association, and on the Committee on Committees for the Southern Baptist Convention. He received his master of divinity and doctor of ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
J.D. Grant, Convention Second Vice President
James Dillard “J.D.” Grant has served as pastor of Scotts Creek Baptist Church in Sylva since 2016. Scotts Creek designates 10 percent of its annual budget to the Cooperative Program. Grant has enjoyed a long association with Fruitland Baptist Bible College that began when he first set foot on campus as a student in 1970. After graduating from Fruitland, Grant went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina, his master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary and his doctor of education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Grant served in a variety of roles at Fruitland over the years, including professor, vice president of academic affairs and vice president of development before retiring in 2014. He continues to serve as a part-time professor. Grant has previously served on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Committees and as a trustee for LifeWay Christian Resources. Grant and his wife Judy have two adult children and three grandchildren.
At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the president and vice president are elected by a majority vote of the board. The president presides over all meetings of the board and takes action as directed by the board. The president and vice president also have responsibility of selecting committee members as set forth in the bylaws. They serve as ex-officio voting members of all committees and sub-committees of the board. The president and vice president also serve as chair and vice chair of the Executive Committee of the board.
Marc Francis, Board President
Marc Francis has served as lead pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham since 2011. Prior to coming to Ridgecrest, he served in a variety of ministry roles in N.C. Baptist churches since 1984. Throughout his ministry, Francis has seen God work in the lives of individuals, families and churches, resulting in increased attendance, baptisms, giving and missions involvement. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles at the association and state convention levels, and he previously served as vice president of the Board of Directors. Francis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. Francis' wife, Pam, is an elementary school teacher in Durham. He has two children and two grandchildren.
John Mark Harrison, Board Vice President
John Mark Harrison has served as lead pastor of Apex Baptist Church since 2012. Prior to coming to Apex, he served at Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville, first as pastor of students, and later as the church's East Campus pastor. In that role, he launched Biltmore Baptist's first multi-site campus. Harrison has also served on the BSCNC's Board of Directors as chair of the Evangelism and Discipleship Committee and on the Executive Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and holds master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Harrison and his wife, Brigitte, have two children.