May 21st, 2008 at 3:28 pm
DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board unanimously elected Jill Larsen as the convention’s new treasurer and affirmed Texas Hope 2010, an initiative for all Texas Baptists to work together to share the gospel with every non-Christian in the state by Easter 2010.
Larsen, a certified public accountant and member of The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, is currently controller/assistant treasurer for the convention. She will become treasurer June 1.
In beginning the financial report, Larsen said she desires to communicate clearly with Texas Baptists.
“It’s very important to be transparent in our financial matters,” she said. “It’s my intent to do that.”
Treasurer is one of three positions called for by the BGCT Constitution and reports to the executive director. The treasurer also serves as recording secretary, which is a convention officer position.
As BGCT controller, Larsen directed accounting, budgeting and reporting for the 42 departments and more than 300 employees of the convention. She also supervised a major software conversion for handling the BGCT’s finances.
Prior to joining the BGCT staff, Larsen worked in Oklahoma with Deloitte Consulting Outsourcing, VIP Sales Co. and PennWell. Prior to her move north, she worked with the Southern Baptist Annuity Board (now GuideStone Financial Resources) 1994-2000, where in her final position she led the agency’s largest operational department.
Larsen is a summa cum laude graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, and she teaches an adult Bible study class at her church. She and her husband, Kent, have two children, Phillip, 25, and Mark, 18.
Following Executive Director Randel Everett’s report, Board Member Jerry Carlisle, pastor of First Baptist Church in Plano, made a motion for the board to affirm Texas Hope 2010, an effort to give every non-Christian an opportunity to respond to the gospel by Easter 2010. The emphasis is based on three pillars – prayer, caring and sharing.
The Executive Board unanimously affirmed the emphasis, lining up to sign a Texas Hope 2010 promotional poster at the end of the meeting.
In other business, the board voted to give the Baptist University of the Americas ownership of its land. In the school’s history, ownership of the land was transferred several times, eventually coming to the BGCT.
In a report to the board, Texas Baptist Men Executive Director shared the men’s group is active serving in the wake of an earthquake in China and a cyclone in Myanmar. The group is sending 5,000 family water purification units to Myanmar, 500 family water purification units to China and 100 community water purification units to China.