By KBF Communications
John Lepper, Coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, announced his retirement effective June 30. Lepper, founding Coordinator, has served in this role for sixteen years. Bob Fox, KBF moderator and pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown, stated, “I am confident that John has left us as an organization well positioned to use our considerable gifts to do the continuing hard work of ensuring that KBF will be an organization that individuals and churches will partner with in meaningful gospel work for years to come.”
Lepper’s last acts as Coordinator will be to help oversee KBF’s ninth Extreme Build project in McCreary County and facilitate the KBF state meeting at the CBF General Assembly.
During Lepper’s tenure at KBF, the organization forged partnerships globally and locally with ministries in Morocco, McCreary County, Owsley County and Nada. In addition, KBF was instrumental in the founding of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and has provided financial support for and collaboration with BSK from its inception. Greg Earwood, President of BSK, shared that he was “grateful that John guided KBF into this partnership” and appreciated his “kind and gracious friendship.”
Lepper also served on the board of the Kentucky Council of Churches after helping lead KBF into a formal partnership. Marian McClure Taylor, Executive Director for the KCC, said of Lepper, “He helped bring the KBF into the Kentucky Council of Churches, not just formally but relationally…I personally see John as a mentor, because he exemplifies Christian leadership.”
Lepper is optimistic about KBF, saying, “I have high hopes for the future viability of Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. With a succession plan in place and with a staffing study group in the process of evaluating the overall staffing needs and financial abilities of KBF, I can move forward in my own life, confident that the One who began a good work in KBF, and in each of us, will continue that good work.“
Prior to his work with KBF, Lepper served as Department Director at the Kentucky Baptist Convention and was a pastor for 15 years. Prior to and during his time with KBF he has had extensive experience in interim ministry.
When asked about his plans for retirement, Lepper responded, “I anticipate focusing on one of my passions which is helping churches in pastoral transitions. It remains to be seen how that will unfold but I do anticipate being involved in this aspect of church life.”