Wednesday, February 26, 2014
After a 19-month-long search, Summerville Baptist Church has finally found a new lead pastor in Dr. Mike Logsdon.
The pastor started his career at SBC on Jan. 1.
He is replacing long-time pastor Joe Wren, who led the church for 22 years and retired in June 2012.
He comes to Summerville from Easton, Md., where he lived for 12 years and worked as the senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of Easton.
“We loved it, it was a great spot, but God opened this door and he led me through it,” he said.
The move has been bittersweet, he said, as the family is still in transition; Logsdon and his 13-year-old son are living in Summerville while his wife, 17-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter are still in Maryland with plans to follow shortly.
His transitional experiences are not unlike the changes occurring at Summerville Baptist.
“We’re in a journey of transition, I’m helping our church re-dream their dream.”
He explained attracting a younger demographic to the congregation is a part of that new dream.
Other goals include leading the church toward a broader grasp of community service: “We need to consider how we might be part of a solution.”
To him the problems SBC can help create solutions for are human trafficking, homelessness and the increased number of children in foster care.
But many of his goals also include strengthening Summerville Baptists’ many successful existing programs, like the Upward basketball league, the Lowcountry Singing Christmas Tree and the children’s ministry.
As lead pastor, Logsdon’s duties include developing the church’s larger vision, in addition to preaching and collaborating with the four other pastors.
A Washington, D.C., native, Logsdon has an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. In 1991 he earned his master’s in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also later earned his Ph.D.
When he’s not at church, Logsdon is fishing, rooting for the Washington Redskins, gardening and spending time with his family.