Welcome, Dr. Corey Abney!

On Sunday evening, November 24, the Bell Shoals Baptist Church family voted unanimously to extend a call to Dr. Corey Abney to serve as our new Lead Pastor.
Corey enthusiastically accepted the call and will begin his service at Bell Shoals on Sunday, December 22.

Please be in prayer for Corey, his wife Christina, and children Caroline, Cameron, Catherine, and Corey, Jr. during this transition time. Please also be in prayer for the church that Corey is leaving, Florence Baptist Church of Florence, Kentucky.

Who Is Corey Abney?

Corey's Background
Corey has been married to Christina since 1998, and they have four children: Caroline, Cameron, Catherine, and Corey Jr. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching, Old Testament, and New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as Lead Pastor of Florence Baptist Church in Florence, KY, since 2012.

His Skills
Strategic vision, leadership development, team building, leading change, collaboration, pastoral care, adaptability, and communication.

His Accomplishments
Corey has led Florence Baptist Church to a 32% increase in worship attendance.
He has led Florence Baptist Church to increase their giving by 35% and to reduce their debt by nearly 50%.
He has led Florence Baptist Church to plant two churches and establish numerous partnerships in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.
He launched a second campus at Florence Baptist Church through the revitalization of a declining church.
He has served as the Lead Pastor at four Kentucky churches: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Waddy, Kings Baptist Church in Mt. Washington, Highview Baptist Church East Campus in Louisville, and Florence Baptist Church.

"Corey Abney is one of the finest young pastors and leaders in the SBC. He is a gifted communicator and is exceptional in relating to all ages. He has a genuine and authentic walk with the Lord. You are blessed to consider him as your next pastor.”
-Kevin Ezell
North American Mission Board President

"Corey Abney is a dear friend I have known for many years. He is an incredible man of God whom I believe will serve Bell Shoals in an incredible way. He is a faithful pastor and excellent expositor of God’s Word. He has the heart of a missionary and evangelist. And, he is a superb leader who will cast a compelling vision for the church. Bell Shoals has a great past, but I believe the best days are in the future. I am so excited about what God has done in bringing the Abneys and Bell Shoals together.”
-Danny Akin
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President