Knight leaves SBOM post for Montgomery pastoratecomment (0)
August 26, 2010
By Kristen Padilla
Teman Knight will be stepping down as director of the office of leadership and church health for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) to become pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Montgomery. Mike Jackson will assume Knight’s SBOM role.
Heritage Baptist extended a call to Knight after a vote Aug. 15. He has served as interim pastor of the Montgomery Baptist Association church since November.
“He didn’t intend to be our pastor, but we had a wonderful growing relationship with him,” said Lee Wright, chairman of the pastor search committee. “He is a gifted teacher and preacher, and he is very keen in building strong relationships and family. Our church is very excited.”
Knight said leaving the SBOM to become a pastor was “a long and difficult” journey.
“I have always enjoyed the ministry I have had as a state missionary. I love investing in pastors and church leaders and seeing them grow,” he said. “The longer we served at Heritage, however, the more we became invested in the people of the church and the stronger the vision for the church that God gave us became. The final results were that after months of ministry at Heritage that God made it clear to us that this was the direction that He wanted us to move in our service to Him.”
Knight’s service at the SBOM began in the evangelism office where he served as an associate for five years. In 2006, he transitioned into his current position.
“Teman Knight has offered Alabama Baptists exemplary service as a state missionary for almost 10 years,” said Rick Lance, SBOM executive director. “[As director], he served as our liaison with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and he has been one of our conference leaders and consultants in the vital areas of leadership development and church health.
“We wish the very best for Teman Knight and his family as they return to the pastorate,” Lance added. “Heritage Baptist Church has called an excellent pastor, and they have a bright future together. Our prayers are with them, and we look forward to serving as Great Commission ministers with them in the days to come.”
A Louisiana native, Knight has more than 15 years experience as a pastor, having served York Terrace Baptist Church, Sheffield, and three churches in his home state. He also serves as an adjunct professor of Old Testament and Hebrew for New Orleans Seminary, where he earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy. He and his wife, Darlana, have two children.
“It has been a privilege to be part of building the kingdom of God all across the state of Alabama and helping Alabama Baptists fulfill the Great Commission,” Knight said. “(I hope to help) Heritage become a church that leads people into a life-changing relationship with Christ in Montgomery and beyond by loving God, loving each other and by showing God’s love to the world.”