Tennessee pastors form Conservative Baptist Network state chapter ahead of Nashville Annual Meeting

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May 27, 2021

Contact: Brad Jurkovich, spokesman, Conservative Baptist Network
(318) 588-0819; [email protected]

EDITOR’S NOTE: After originally serving as part of the Tennessee State Chapter, the launch of which was announced in this May 27, 2021 press release, Pastor Todd Stinnett requested in 2023 to have mention of his name in this press release removed. While our editorial team does not delete information in dated press releases for reasons of historical accuracy, please note that Pastor Stinnett no longer serves with the Conservative Baptist Network.

Bossier City, La. — With the launch of its sixth state chapter, this time in Tennessee, the Conservative Baptist Network continues to expand and gain momentum less than one month before the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville.

Leading in western Tennessee is Bryan Morris, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Dyer, Tenn. Middle Tennessee is represented by Terry Wilkerson, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Todd Stinnett, pastor of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., will lead the state chapter in Tennessee’s eastern region.

Morris says he looks forward to the way having a state chapter of the Conservative Baptist Network in Tennessee will bolster the work of local churches in reaching people for Christ.

“I am so excited to have a Tennessee Chapter of the Conservative Baptist Network,” Morris said. “Tennessee Baptists have a great history of working together in championing the gospel. My prayer is that through the work of the Conservative Baptist Network, that Christ, His word, and the Great Commission will eclipse anything that our enemy would throw at the church.”

Wilkerson shares Morris’ excitement and noted especially the “positive influence and direction it will bring to the SBC.”

Stinnett, who has been serving in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years, echoed the sentiments of his fellow state chapter leaders.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Conservative Baptist Network, particularly because of their emphasis on the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture.”

With the SBC Annual Meeting set to take place in Tennessee this June, the launch of the Tennessee state chapter comes at a strategic time when conservatives are connecting, coordinating and making final plans to travel to Tennessee’s Music City.

“The Conservative Baptist Network continues to grow in exciting and dynamic ways, and the launch of this state chapter in Tennessee continues that great rhythm,” Conservative Baptist Network spokesman Brad Jurkovich said. “We are grateful for the three men who have stepped out in faith to provide leadership in Tennessee, and we look forward to traveling to their state for a great annual meeting in a few weeks.”

Learn more and join the Tennessee chapter on the Network’s website at ConservativeBaptistNetwork.com.


The Conservative Baptist Network is a broad-based grassroots movement of Southern Baptists of all generations who are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture for all facets of life and application. Its 55-member Steering Council includes pastors and laypeople from across America, including well-known figures such as former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, past SBC President Charles Stanley, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Vice President Tom Phillips, and immediate past SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone. The Steering Council can be found online at ConservativeBaptistNetwork.com.