Effective Nov. 1, the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team will undergo staff changes under the direction of Dr. Delvin Atchison, who assumed the role of director in mid-September.
Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the formation of the Great Commission Team at the February Executive Board Meeting along with the presentation of the convention restructure. Hardage envisioned the team to combine the Evangelism, Discipleship, and Music and Worship Teams so they may collaboratively better address the discipleship process and evangelism training for churches.
Along with this formation came the need to fill the role of director, which Atchison, former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco, fulfilled in September.
Atchison immediately began observing the team in its present state and identifying team members' gifts and passions. He desires to see the teams work together to inspire enthusiasm about the Great Commission. In order to do so, he deemed some of the staff are better suited for different roles.
"We are strategically placing people to make the most effective use of their gifts to further the Gospel through the Great Commission Team," Atchison said.
The following Great Commission Team staff members will assume new roles:
- Phil Miller will assume the role of Associate Director of the Great Commission Team and continue as Discipleship Lead.
- Joshua Del Risco will serve as Evangelism Lead for the Great Commission Team and continue coordinating Hispanic Evangelism.
- Scott Willingham will assume a new position of Apologetics Specialist, coordinating the [un]Apologetic Conferences.
- Deby Miller will serve as Administrative Assistant to the Great Commission Team Director and continue as Lead Ministry Assistant to the Discipleship Team Lead.
- Karen Witcher will serve in a new position as Ministry Program Coordinator in Music and Worship.
- Angie Carter will serve in a new position as Hispanic Evangelism Ministry Program Coordinator.
- Lindsey Brown will serve in a new position as Youth Evangelism Ministry Program Coordinator.
Additionally, the Great Commission Team is seeking to fulfill two more positions: Music and Worship Specialist; and Ministry Program Coordinator/Ministry Assistant to Preschool/Children's Specialist
Such personnel changes reflect the vision of Texas Baptists to advance the Kingdom in ways individual churches cannot do alone. In an ever-changing world and state, Texas Baptists seeks to do what is necessary to help churches and individuals effectively share the Gospel.
Hardage stated at the February Executive Board meeting, "Amidst this new structure, we are positioning ourselves for flexibility to enable continual adjustments in what we do and how we serve the local church in a changing world. We will constantly adjust for the future to meet the needs of the church and the state."
For more information about the Great Commission Team, visit texasbaptists.org/greatcommission.