Alumnus Pardue, from NGU FUGE camper to President of NC Baptist Convention
Tigerville, SC (February 19, 2021) You might say Dr. Micheal Pardue (MCM ’10), senior pastor at First Baptist Icard in Connelly Springs, NC, grew up on the North Greenville University (NGU) Tigerville Campus. His church brought him to campus for several Lifeway FUGE summer camps as a teenager. God called him to ministry at FUGE, and he brought teenagers to FUGE, including his own children.
“NGU has always been a special place for me,” he said.
Pardue is a Taylorsville, NC, native. He was raised in East Taylorsville Baptist, became a Christian at age 11, and was called to vocational ministry at age 13. He served more than five years as the High Shoals Baptist pastor in Mooresboro, NC, and several years in ministry with youth and children in Bostic, Shelby, Kings Mountain, and Taylorsville, NC.
He received his Master of Christian Ministry degree from NGU and says the University's reputation of advancing the Gospel in all walks of life and the convenience were deciding factors for him to attend.
“North Greenville has always had a reputation for excellence in ministry preparation and academics. I wanted to attend a school that carried this reputation in the ministry community,” he said. “NGU is a reasonable drive from my church. “I wanted to attend classes in person for my master’s, but I was not in a position in life to relocate my family.
He and his wife just adopted three boys, and their daughter was only a month old when he began the program.
“Being able to come to campus once a week for classes was a big help in my ministry at the time.”
Pardue says the interaction with professors is where NGU stands out from the rest.
“Those guys [professors] were some of the godliest men I have ever studied with. They were not only leaders in their fields academically, but they were all practitioners of ministry. The program focused on ministry, and I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and immediately apply it to my ministry context,” he said.
Attending FUGE and graduating from the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School is not Pardue’s only connection with NGU. He currently teaches the “Christian Education in the Local Congregation” course in the Graduate School of Christian Ministry.
“I love NGU and believe in NGU’s ministry. Being part of NGU means being part of a ministry that extends worldwide,” said Pardue.
In his class, he explores the various contexts in which education takes place in the local church.
“I try to help students consider the importance of these contexts and develop a plan they can apply to their local church to improve their educational ministries,” he said.
He says NGU has great students and faculty, and he loves reading his students’ papers about how their work leads communities.
“I believe the NGU Graduate School of Christian Ministry has a direct positive impact on churches throughout the Upstate and around the world. It is an honor to be a small part.”
In addition to pastoring and teaching, Pardue is leading NC Baptists as president of the NC Baptist Convention for 2021. He has previously served as vice president and president of the NC Pastors’ Conference, served on the NC Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. And for the past two years, he has served as vice president of the Convention.
Pardue wants to emphasize unity around the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) mission during his term.
“There appears to be much division throughout the SBC. It seems we are known more for our fighting than we are in our work toward fulfilling the Great Commission. I want to see us rally around our goal to reach lost people with the Gospel.”
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