The Rev. Matt DuVall has been selected as the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Rome, replacing the retired Dr. Joel Snider. DuVall was the unanimous choice of the selection committee chaired by Scott Smith. A posting on the church’s website includes this link to some of the background surrounding the selection process as well as the new pastor. Click First Baptist for more. Some excerpts follow:
“Through the last 15 years, I have had opportunities to get to know First Baptist Rome through your different ministers, church members and through our various mutual Baptist networks and connections. I am challenged by Floyd’s example to be on the leading edge of conversations that matter to our larger Baptist and ecclesial world, and I look forward to the chance to live into that part of First Baptist’s heritage. Joel has helped me see and hear first-hand how a gifted and deft administrative hand can help an institution or church not only navigate difficult financial terrain but also build a foundation of financial strength. I am also thrilled at the possibility of serving alongside Gwen, Tamara, Keith and John, who are such a gifted ministry team.”
Most recently, DuVall has served as the Director of Development at McAfee School of Theology & Penfield College, starting that post in February 2012. He earned a Master’s of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in 2004 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Minor in Business Administration from Mercer University in 2000.
DuVall and his wife, Caroline, have two daughters, Cate and Arly.