DALLAS – In a ceremony filled with prayer and encouragement, the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board installed Randel Everett as the convention’s executive director May 19.
Texas Baptist leaders and family from across the state came together to pray over and encourage the recently-elected executive director. His son Jeremy Everett and daughter Rachel Everett Froom encouraged Everett to remain true to the principles he showed raising them – honesty, fairness, humor and an ability to lead.
Rachel Everett Froom especially urged her father to remain light-hearted, showing the joy that comes with following Christ.
“As a church, we must learn to show the truth of God as freeing,” she said.
Bruce Webb, pastor of First Baptist Church in The Woodlands, encouraged Everett to remain faithful to who he is and to his God. He shared that Everett hired him on the staff of University Baptist Church in Fort Worth when Webb was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“I think Christianity in some ways is defined by how you treat people who have nothing to give you back,” Webb said. “I can tell you Sheila and Randel treated me with kindness when I had nothing to offer them back.”
Mary Carpenter praised Everett and his wife Sheila as people of action. “These are not people who say ‘This needs to happen.’ But say ‘This needs to happen and let’s do it.’”
Staying true to Carpenter’s words, Everett encouraged Texas Baptists tin find a way to give every person in Texas an opportunity to respond to the gospel by Easter 2010. He also urged the group to feed the hungry throughout the state.
By working together, Texas Baptists – who make up 10 percent of the population, can have a powerful impact in the name of Christ. Everett said concentrated Baptist outreach could transform the state.
“Let’s make sure people in our state have enough to eat,” he said. “And make sure everyone has an opportunity to respond to the hope of Christ.”
By giving people the opportunity to respond to the gospel, Texas Baptists are giving individuals opportunities to change their lives, Everett said. Texans are seeking answers to life’s most profound questions.
They are looking for the positive in what for many seems to be a grim and meaningless existence.
“There are millions of people living in Texas who have yet to understand the hope of Christ,” he said.