December 23rd, 2011 at 9:37 pm
WACO – The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Search Committee will nominate David Hardage to serve as the next leader of the convention.
Hardage currently serves as director of development for George W. Truett Theological Seminary and interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. He previously has served as executive director of the Waco Regional Baptist Association. He also has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, First Baptist Church in Holliday and First Baptist Church in Blum. He also pastored First Baptist Church in Weatherford, Okla. and has served as interim pastor at churches such as Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, First Baptist Church in Huntsville and First Baptist Church in Bryan.
The BGCT Executive Board, which is charged with hiring the convention’s executive director, will vote on whether to call Hardage to the position Jan. 12 during a special called meeting.
Hardage said he is grateful for the influence Texas Baptists have had throughout his life and ministry. He is thankful for the opportunity to be considered as the convention’s next executive director.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve our Texas Baptist family,” Hardage said. “I am a grassroots Texas Baptist. I was saved, baptized, called, licensed and ordained in Texas Baptist churches. I received my education at a Texas Baptist institution and have served as pastor of three Texas Baptist churches and interim pastor of five others. I have been the director of missions of a Texas Baptist association and now have served at one of our seminaries. It has also been my privilege to serve Texas Baptists, voluntarily, through a variety of committees and boards.”
Hardage has served as the the chairman of the BGCT State Missions Commission, chairman of the BGCT Missions Funding Committee and as a trustee at East Texas Baptist University. He currently is a trustee at Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center.
Ron Lyles, chairman of the search committee, praised Hardage as a “man who has a strong love for Jesus and for the Body of Christ, the Church.” He characterized Hardage as having the professional and personal skills to lead Texas Baptists.
“David’s desire is to build upon the strengths of what we as Texas Baptists are doing well and to guide us in making the necessary changes to make our cooperative work even more effective and efficient. He wants to move us ‘from viability to vitality,’” Lyles wrote to the Executive Board.
“The search committee looks forward to the official presentation of David Hardage for your consideration and affirmation. I am confident that those of you who do not know David well will be impressed when you have that opportunity. We gladly recommend him to you to serve as our next executive director.”
Hardage earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
David Hardage, Executive Director, addresses the Executive Board in Dallas on Monday, February 25.
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