Pigg named state evangelism leader

Michael Pigg has been called as team leader of evangelism for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He brings to the position 33 years of ministry experience as a pastor, executive pastor, church planting pastor, and national denominational leader.

“I am thrilled to see Michael Pigg join our team. His passion for evangelism and seeing every life saturated with the gospel is evident in his personal life and the churches that he has led. He has a pastor’s heart, a passion for the next generation, and a unique background of understanding how to accommodate for every life,” said Lee Clamp, SCBC chief strategic officer.

“Michael has worked hard to make his congregation reflect the face of his community. If we are going to reach every life, we must reach every socioeconomic class, every race, every culture and every generation,” Clamp said. “Michael has helped pastors across the nation in his work with Lifeway and served in a variety of local, state and national positions of leadership. He has a humble spirit and a quiet resolve to see every life saturated and transformed by the hope of the gospel.”

Pigg has served the past six years as a national church partner consultant with LifeWay Christian Resources, helping to support, coach and strategize with pastors and church leaders in disciple-making. Previously, he served as pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., outside of Atlanta, for 15 years. At Philadelphia, he led his congregation to reach people from different cultures and planted churches both locally and around the world.

He went to Philadelphia after serving three years as executive pastor of National Ford Community Church and four years as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Charleston. He led Central Baptist to join the SCBC.

Pigg is a noted retreat leader, evangelist, and Bible teacher who loves to be acknowledged as a builder for the Kingdom of God. The ministry of preaching and developing disciples has taken him to many churches, associations, and state conventions throughout the United States. The call to evangelize has taken him to five continents and 15 different countries to preach the gospel. He led his congregation to the international mission field and planted a church called Love Fellowship in the region of Naicuoru, Kenya. The church is thriving with a congregation of more than 500 members, a full-time school, and a medical clinic.

Pigg has held leadership and teaching positions in associational, state convention, and national work. He served as president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. At the Georgia Baptist Convention, he served on the Executive Committee and as chairman of the Order of Business Committee. He was moderator of the Stone Mountain Baptist Association and has served as a trustee of Brewton Parker College. He also has served as vice president of One Church One Child of South Carolina, a ministry for adopting children.

He and his wife, Beverly, have two daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, and a granddaughter, Ava.

— Chelsea Burgher is digital content coordinator at the South Carolina Baptist Convention.