DUNN – In 2016, Pastor Tom Wagoner, who pastored Central Baptist Church for over 37 years, began to feel God’s call to begin a transition process towards retirement as lead pastor and begin a full-time evangelism ministry. Desiring to follow a biblical process, through much prayer and scriptural confirmation, the church congregation and leadership felt God’s peace that Pastor Cameron Cloud was the man to lead Central.
The church voted in November of 2018 to extend the call to Pastor Cameron to begin as co-pastor, with the intent of becoming lead pastor. In 2019, Pastor Cameron and his family moved to Dunn.
Over the last 3 years, Pastor Tom and Pastor Cameron have worked alongside each other to lead the people of CBC, sharing the preaching and vision-casting responsibilities. The congregation has wholeheartedly accepted and followed the transition process.
On Sunday, April 24, Pastor Tom officially retired as lead pastor. He preached on “The Mantle” from 2 Kings 2, symbolically removing his suit jacket and demonstrating to the congregation that it would not fit Pastor Cameron. Instead, Pastor Tom gifted Pastor Cameron with a new jacket, in his size.
“Please don’t make the mistake of trying to make him me. He’s so much beyond where I’ve ever been. God has prepared him for this next season,” said Pastor Tom.
Cameron was born in Bainbridge, Georgia where he was saved as a child. He began preaching as a teen and serving with his dad in ministry, travelling with his family in full-time evangelism. He has known Pastor Tom and the people of Central for many years, visiting occasionally. He served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years in rural Virginia, before following God’s call to join the staff at Central. Cameron has also served as instructor in several Bible colleges and seminaries. He is married to Lynn and they have two children: Will (24) and Dylan (18).
On Sunday, May 1, the deacons and leaders will gather to pray over Pastor Cameron in the service, as he begins his ministry as lead pastor.
“Central Baptist Church has a wonderful history of Bible preaching, spirited worship, and loving fellowship. That DNA will not change as we move forward, and I’m excited about the expanding opportunities for ministry and mission that God has for us. We believe our best days are still ahead,” says Pastor Cameron.
Central Baptist Church has a wonderful staff of pastors who will continue to serve the church and community: Darren Hughes as Worship & Administrative Pastor; James Neal as Education Pastor; Jeremy Autry as Children’s Pastor; and Chuck Meade as Student Pastor. Pastor Tom remains on staff as “Pastor At Large,” representing CBC in evangelism throughout the country, with a focus on revival.
Central Baptist Church is located fourmiles south of Dunn on Highway 421 at 6050 Plain View Highway, (Exit 73 off I-95). For more information, call 910-892-7914 or visit www.cbcdunn.com.