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Native named president of Tennessee Baptists

An Andalusia native has been elected president of the Tennessee Baptist Association.

Hendersonville, Tenn., pastor Bruce Chesser was elected without opposition on Nov. 19 during the afternoon session of the 145th annual meeting of the convention.

A former pastor in Arkansas, Alabama and Texas, Chesser has served as pastor of First Baptist, Hendersonville for the past 10 years.

Chesser earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Mobile and a master’s and doctorate in ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

According to the First Baptist Church Hendersonville’s website, he met his wife Joy in college and the pair married in 1978. They have two sons, Justin and Travis.

The Chessers have served the following churches: First Baptist, Spearman, Texas; First Baptist, Opp, Alabama; Fayette First Baptist, Fayette, Alabama; Calvary Baptist, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Geyer Springs First Baptist, Little Rock, Arkansas; and First Baptist Church of Hendersonville since August 2009. Bruce enjoys all sports, especially involving the University of Alabama. He is also a fan of the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.

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