Myers Park Baptist Church has chosen the Rev. Everett Goodwin as interim senior minister, replacing the Rev. Steve Shoemaker, who resigned in February.
Goodwin will preach his inaugural sermon July 28.
Before his selection as interim senior minster, Goodwin served as senior minister at The Scarsdale Community Baptist Church in New York and First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, where Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton attended.
Goodwin, 68, retired as a full-time pastor in 2011. In a letter addressed to the congregation on Monday, Goodwin is lauded as the unanimous choice of the search committee “to lead and minister with us during this period of transition” that is expected to last for up to two years as the church seeks a permanent senior minister.
“If it happens sooner, and we find the right person sooner, that’d be great,” said Cliff Jarrett, deacon board chair. “It’s not an easy process, and it’s one that we want to get right.”
Shoemaker, a popular leader at Myers Park Baptist, ended his nearly 14-year tenure as senior minister while seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and what he called “self-medicating with alcohol.”
In the months that followed Shoemaker’s departure, the pulpit was filled by the Rev. Bill Leonard, former dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
Leonard’s final sermon is July 21.
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