Exec. Dir. Search Committee begins work
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) 11-member Executive Director Search Committee held its first meeting April 25 at the Baptist Building as it began its quest to find the 20th executive director for the Convention. Committee Chairman Vic Borden, pastor, Red Bridge Baptist Church, Kansas City, said the committee met for five hours to pray and establish guidelines for their work necessitated by the January resignation of David Tolliver.
“The full committee met and it was five hours permeated by prayer, transparency and a commitment to serve together in unity,” Borden said after the committee emerged from its private meeting. “We established guidelines on how the committee will operate.”
Borden said the committee had already received some nominations, but declined to reveal how many. He said the committee will continue to take nominations until June 30. All nominations may be sent to Vic Borden, Red Bridge Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri 64137-2059.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for May 24 at the Baptist Building. All meetings are held in closed-door, executive session.
“We will be working through our foundational guidelines in preparation of the committee being fully prepared to evaluate nominations as they come in,” said Borden, who also serves on the MBC Executive Board. He would not speculate about how long the search might take, but added, “we are not letting grass grow under our feet.”
The committee is comprised of Missouri Southern Baptists from the MBC’s eight regions and was unanimously approved by the MBC Executive Board at its April 12 meeting.
James Freeman, a member of Country Meadows Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, serves as vice chairman. John Marshall, pastor, Second Baptist Church, Springfield and MBC president, serves as a non-voting member.