FESTUS — David Krueger, pastor, First Baptist Church, Linn, will be nominated for the office of recording secretary of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) by Kerry Messer, member, First Baptist Church, Festus/Crystal City.
“I see David as a great example of a true servant leader,” said Messer, who serves as the MBC’s legislative liaison through the Christian Life Commission (CLC), which Krueger chairs. “He is very, very competent and confident, both as a pastor and as a participant in Missouri Baptist and Southern Baptist life. He never insists on having things done his way. He never pushes his opinion as being superior over others, which makes him uniquely Baptist.
“He’s always been responsible to make himself aware of what’s going on, in keeping up with the news and the trends and the people, which has always made him a go-to resource of information and biblical analysis of where we are at and where we are going.”
Krueger, a native of St. Louis who was licensed to preach at age 19, has been serving as pastor of First Linn for 25 years. For the last two years he has served as chairman of the CLC, working to strengthen the MBC’s ethics branch in areas like the battle against pornography and the promotion of biblical-worldview thinking. Before that he served on the Continuing Review Committee and also two terms as a trustee for then Hannibal-LaGrange College, including two years as board chairman.
“He has a true passion for the smaller congregations,” Messer said. “The Missouri Baptist Convention wouldn’t exist without the support of those smaller congregations, which is the vast majority of Missouri Baptist churches.
“With no notoriety, he works behind the scenes to get things done. Because of his humility, he never seeks for his name to be out front, yet he’s been serving the people of the Missouri Baptist Convention throughout his ministry tenure.”
Krueger is the original webmaster for the MBC and helped launch The Pathway online in 2002. He also helped train church planters in computer software for the North American Mission Board.
“He has always been a resource,” Messer said. “He has always been a steadfast supporter of the current direction of our MBC.”