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James David (J.D.) Greear (born May 1, 1973) is the Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (a position he has held since January 2002) and the 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention.[1] Before coming to work at The Summit he worked with the International Mission Board.[2] He entered the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999, graduating in 2003 with a doctorate in Philosophy, concentrating primarily on Christian and Islamic theology.[3] He is also a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and received his Bachelor of Arts from Campbell University. Greear comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[3]

J. D. Greear
62nd President of the
Southern Baptist Convention
Assumed office
June 13, 2018 (June 13, 2018)
Preceded bySteve Gaines
Personal details
James David Greear

(1973-05-01) May 1, 1973 (age 45)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Spouse(s)Veronica Greear
EducationSoutheastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Greear now pastors nearly 10,000 weekend attenders at The Summit Church and is dedicated to planting churches both within the United States and abroad.[4] He has authored a number of publications and curriculums, and preaches regularly from the Christian Standard Bible.[5] Greear lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Veronica and their four children.


  1. ^ Barbara Denman. "J.D Greear elected SBC president." Baptist Press. Published 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  2. ^ "Akin to nominate N.C. pastor as SBC 2nd vice president." Baptist Press. Published 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  3. ^ a b Yonat Shimron. "Durham church spreads Gospel with DVDs." Published 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. ^ Shawn Hendricks. "IMB thanks top-giving churches." Baptist Press. Published 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  5. ^ "Endorsements". Retrieved Feb 11, 2019.

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