The Rev. Dwayne M. Boudreaux is called Dr. B by the people he serves.
To the Augusta Association of Baptist Churches, he’s the new director of missions. Boudreaux takes the reins after the retirement of the organization’s longtime leader, the Rev. Don Wheless.
“For our denomination, this is where it all began,” Boudreaux said this week from the association’s offices on Marks Church Road. The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in Augusta in 1845.
“I love pastoring. I still do. Now I’m a pastor to the pastors,” said Boudreaux, who most recently served as the senior pastor of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church in Flintstone, Ga.
As the director, Boudreaux supports the pastors of more than 60 churches representing tens of thousands of Baptists and oversees several ministries, including the Broad Street Ministry Center and a campus ministry outreach to Augusta State University students.
The organization was founded in November 1949, when 585 messengers from 28 churches met at Curtis Baptist Church to form the Augusta Baptist Association.
When Boudreaux heard of the job opening, he started researching the area online.
“I just got a burden for the area,” he said. “God started leaning my heart this way.”
The association’s executive committee voted to extend a call to Boudreaux in July, said the Rev. Phillip Winsett, the senior pastor at Martinez Baptist Church and the chairman of the director of missions search committee.
Boudreaux began in mid-August, ending Wheless’ stint as part-time interim director after his official retirement in December.
Boudreaux, a Louisiana native, received bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He received his doctorate of theology from Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., in 2010.
The doctorate, he said, focused on child evangelism, an issue close to his heart.
“I’ve got a burden for children and for teaching child evangelism workers how to teach the Gospel at a child’s level,” he said. “If we don’t reach them young – the statistics say if you don’t reach them young – you lose them.”
Boudreaux’s own life was something of an exception. He accepted Christ at age 27 and began preaching revival services almost immediately.
“God called me into a life of ministry full time,” he said.
His wife of 30 years, Cathy, was his high school sweetheart. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
“I’m very mission-minded,” Boudreaux said. “It’s bigger than just children, though that’s my heart. I started doing missions in Louisiana. I got hooked. Missions gets in your blood.
“Ministry is a calling, like a fire in your bones.”
Boudreaux recently had a chance to visit the Broad Street Ministry Center and said he was impressed with the work being done to help those in need.
“That’s what it’s about,” he said. “My role is to be on commission for the love of Jesus Christ, to really see the community with the eyes of love, and if there’s anyway I can help, I want to help.”