DUNN — In 2016, Pastor Tom Wagoner, who pastored the Central Baptist Church for more than 37 years, began to feel God’s call to begin a process of transitioning into retirement as senior pastor and to begin a full-time evangelistic ministry. Eager to follow a biblical process, through much prayer and scriptural confirmation, the congregation and church leaders felt the peace of God that Pastor Cameron Cloud was the man to lead Central.
The church voted in November 2018 to expand the call for Pastor Cameron to start as co-pastor, with the intention of becoming lead pastor. In 2019, Pastor Cameron and his family moved to Dunn.
For the past 3 years, Pastor Tom and Pastor Cameron have worked side by side to lead the people of CBC, sharing preaching and visioning responsibilities. The congregation wholeheartedly accepted and followed the transition process.
On Sunday, April 24, Pastor Tom officially retired as Senior Pastor. He preached on “The Mantle” from 2 Kings 2, symbolically removing his suit jacket and demonstrating to the congregation that it would be unsuitable for Pastor Cameron. Instead, Pastor Tom gave Pastor Cameron a new jacket, in his size.
“Please don’t make the mistake of trying to make him me. He’s so 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 rescued as a child. He began preaching as a teenager and serving with his father in ministry, traveling with his family in full-time evangelism. He has known Pastor Tom and the people of Central for many years, visiting them occasionally. He served in pastoral ministry for more than 20 years in rural Virginia, before following God’s call to join the staff at Central. Cameron has also served as an instructor at several Bible colleges and seminaries. He is married to Lynn and they have two children: Will (24) and Dylan (18).
On Sunday, May 1, deacons and leaders will gather to pray over Pastor Cameron during the service as he begins his ministry as senior pastor.
“The Central Baptist Church has a wonderful history of biblical preaching, spiritual worship and loving fellowship. This DNA will not change as we move forward, and I am excited about the growing ministry and mission opportunities God has for us. We believe our best days are still ahead of us,” says Pastor Cameron.
Central Baptist Church has a wonderful team of pastors who will continue to serve the church and community: Darren Hughes as worship and administrative pastor; James Neal as Education Pastor; Jeremy Autry as a children’s pastor; and Chuck Meade as a student pastor. Pastor Tom remains on staff as “Pastor At Large”, representing CBC in evangelism across the country, with a focus on revival.