Committee to nominate David Hardage as next executive director

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.

Click to view David Hardage’s resume.

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8 Responses

  1. Thomas Lane says:

    Dear Committee,

    I favor, 150%, the nomination of David Hardage as the next Executive Director of TEXAS BAPTISTS (BGCT).

    God bless you in your search and deliberations.

    Thomas W. Lane
    Minister of Education/Administration – Retired
    FBC, Paris, Texas

  2. Brent Edwards says:

    While I will be most sad to lose David and Kathleen from our team in Waco at Baylor and Truett, I applaud the committee’s recommendation with vigor. David’s credentials are obvious, his respect among Texas Baptists is widely known, his love for Kingdom work is evident, his friendly manner and good nature are refreshing, his rhetorical skills are tremendous, his leadership style is reflective of his Savior, and his ability to look forward to tomorrow’s possibilities is absolutely right on track for Texas Baptists at this time.

    I will miss him (both of them) as a colleague and wise counsel, but I rejoice at his choice as leader. Well done!

    Brent Edwards
    Baylor University

  3. Paul Dunn says:

    This is a great choice for all Texas Baptist. David has the heart for people . Knows the task very first hand is workable. He will do the convention his best in service to the Lord,

  4. Todd Bunch says:

    I’m excited for David and for Texas Baptists. I had the privilege of knowing David both through the seminary and as a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. My congratulations are extended to him at this time.

    Todd Bunch
    Truett Seminary, Class of 2007

  5. I know David Hardage, and I am delighted to hear this good news. He will serve our Texas Baptist family well. However, I am sad to know he will be leaving Truett, and I am wondering how I will get free tickets to Baylor games, now. :)

    Blessings and congratulations!

    David Ritsema, PhD
    Lead Pastor, Woodlawn Baptist Church, Austin, TX

  6. I second Dr. Ritsema’s emotion: who is gonna supply me with free Baylor tix if David leaves? Thankfully I’ve also made friends with his boss, David Garland.

    Dave and I met on day #1 at Baylor. 4th floor, Penland Dorm. 1975. Though our career paths took us in separate directions we stayed in touch and in 1993 he married Melissa and me. Let me tell you, when Dave marries you, you STAY married. This skill alone should more than qualify him for the top spot at the BGCT. Since he and Kathleen have been back in Waco and, specifically, back at Baylor, the four of us have enjoyed fellowship and friendship. I’m going to miss that.

    On second thought he may be too young for the job. It seems like just yesterday we were bright eyed freshman at old BU.

  7. Jason Stone says:

    I served FBC Sulphur Springs as an intern while David was the pastor there. I am pleased and excited that the Executive Board has nominated Him, and I support this nomination with a promise of my prayers for both David and Texas Baptists.

    Jason Stone
    Pastor, FBC Tulia, TX

  8. Rick Lamb Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Corsicana says:

    David is a great choice! I do hope he is confirmed by the Executive Board without reservation. He has a tough job, but his skills, experience, expertise, contacts, and great personality uniquely qualify him to be used by the Lord for this work! God’s blessings to you, David!

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