George Bullard elected director of missions for Columbia-Metro Baptist Association
The executive board of the Columbia-Metro Baptist Association, in Columbia, SC, has elected George W. Bullard Jr. as its next director of missions. The unanimous vote was on Thursday, July 29, at a special called meeting. Bullard follows retired director of missions Bill Dieckmann.
Bullard, of Columbia, is no stranger to Southern Baptist and South Carolina Baptist church service. From 1985-1999, he served as missions director and then leader for the state convention’s Strategic Development and Association Growth Team. In both assignments, he directly worked with South Carolina’s associational directors of missions in fulfilling their local visions for Kingdom growth. From 1981-1985, Bullard served in the Metropolitan Missions Department of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board), in Atlanta.
Robert Winburn, pastor of Spring Valley Baptist Church, Columbia, and chairman of the association’s search committee said, “Serving as chair of the Columbia Metro Association’s Director of Missions Search Committee was a process of affirmation that the future ministry of associations, and the Columbia Metro Association, in particular, will continue to be a vital part of the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
“In soliciting George Bullard to lead the Columbia Metro Association, God has given us a leader with a passion for the work of the local association and who brings experience, energy, vision, and strategy for the challenging days of ministry in the years to come.”
After serving as the associate director-treasurer for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, in Cary, from 2003-2006, Bullard formed The Columbia Partnership with headquarters in Columbia, SC. Through this consulting firm, he served as president and strategic leadership coach for hundreds of churches and denominational organizations both nationally and internationally.
In addition to almost 45 years of church service as a church planter, denominational missionary, and consultant, Bullard has also served for 30 years as both a visiting and adjunct professor for colleges and seminaries. He is also a published author with books targeted to helping local congregations experience Kingdom growth.
Bullard, 66, is a native of Raleigh. The son of a Southern Baptist pastor, George W. Bullard Sr., he graduated high school in Abington, PA, and from Mars Hill College (now University), in Mars Hill, NC with a bachelor’s degree in History. From the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, KY, he has a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology (Church and Community), and a Doctorate of Ministry (Denominational Staff Ministry). He also studied community development at the University of Louisville.
Bullard and his wife, Betty, of Simpsonville, have two adult children, Jonathan and Allison, and three grandchildren.