I've been reading a bit of Baptist history, and have been struck by something. We used to be taught a priest was a go between for God and mankind, and Baptists had no priest but Jesus, our great high priest. They rely greatly on apostolic succession to pass down their power. Pastor has less priestly overtones, but a pastor is responsible to shepherd the flock making sure their beliefs and actions are, shall we say, kosher. Preachers have the job of proclaiming God's Word. You are to be led by the Holy Spirit and are accountable to God, not the preacher, for what you do with the truth he proclaims. Baptists in my neck of the woods had preachers, not priests or pastors. Hence the use of "Bro so and so" instead of Pastor so and so or Reverend so and so. Speaking only of my town, that has changed, with preachers assuming pastoral priestly functions. Your area? Thoughts?