DALLAS–On Sept. 16, Texas Baptists welcomed Delvin Atchison, former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco, as director of the Great Commission Team.
Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the formation of the Great Commission Team as part of the convention restructure at the February Executive Board meeting. The team is a combination of the Evangelism and Discipleship Teams, which will collaboratively better address the discipleship process and evangelism training for churches.
In Atchison's new role, he will help the two teams merge. He desires to see the team work together to inspire enthusiasm about the Great Commission.
"I want us to let Texas and the world know what a passion Texas Baptists has for the kingdom," he said. "To do that we have to ask, 'How do we get Texas excited about the Great Commission?'"
Atchison received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College.
He began preaching as a college freshman and served as a pastor for 32 years at the following Texas churches: Old Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Branchville, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Cameron, Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Waco.
He has also served on the board of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and as vice president of the Waco Ministerial Alliance.
As a former pastor, Atchison believes his experiences and background have helped equip him for leading the Great Commission Team.
"Pastoring has allowed me to see how people are able to build relationships, and I think the Great Commission, more than anything, is relational," he explained. "How do we get people both in relationships with each other and with God and Jesus Christ? Relationships in life prepare us for great work in the kingdom and for great responsibilities."
After much prayer about who would lead the team, Dr. Hardage is confident Atchison will be a suitable leader for the team.
"Delvin brings to our Texas Baptists family a deep commitment to both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment," Dr. Hardage said. "He is a gifted communicator, engaging minister and is excited about joining this work."
Atchison and his wife, Brenda, have five grown children and one granddaughter. He is an avid golfer and an avid Baylor University fan.