ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM) — The Louisiana Baptist Convention’s 15-member Executive Director Search Committee held its first meeting Nov. 27, focusing on prayer but also completing the first actions of official business, according to a press release from the committee.
Members elected Waylon Bailey, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Covington, as chair, and began developing a profile of the type of candidate they are seeking to lead Louisiana Baptists.
Bailey, who also is president of the LBC Executive Board, told the Baptist Message the committee understands the near “impossibility” of pleasing everyone.
But he said, “We want to do our very best for the future of our state. Our state needs Louisiana Baptists in order to be its very best.”
The committee will nominate a successor to LBC Executive Director David Hankins, who announced Nov. 2 his plans to retire June 30, 2019. The LBC Executive Board will vote on the nominee, as stated in the state convention’s Articles of Incorporation.
Bailey said the process for Southern Baptists to recommend candidates, or, for interested individuals to apply, is a simple one. Names and resumes should be emailed to Bailey at email@example.com or sent via postal mail to “Dr. Waylon Bailey, C/O First Baptist Church, 16333 Hwy. 1085, Covington, LA 70433.”
Materials must be sent electronically or postmarked no later than January 15.
“We will pray fervently and we will seek diligently the person God would bring before us,” Bailey said in his closing comments to the Baptist Message. “Please pray for God‘s guidance and for our discernment.”
LBC Executive Board Bylaws state the Executive Director Search Committee shall be composed of the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee of the Board. Bailey is joined by:
Shannon Brown, member, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans
Chris Craig, pastor, First Baptist Church, Ruston
Brad Delaughter, pastor, Satsuma Baptist Church, Livingston
David Goza, pastor, Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge
George Guillory, pastor, Glen Oaks Baptist Church, Baton Rouge
Glen Harrigill, pastor, Riverside Baptist Church, Vidalia
Michael Hawley, member and former pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ruston
Jason Hoychick, pastor, Westview Baptist Church, DeRidder
Chuck Lowman, member, Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, Baton Rouge
Carlos Meza, pastor, Iglesia Bautista del Calvario, Shreveport
Thumper Miller, pastor, First Baptist Church, Mansfield
Dwayne Monk, pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Choudrant
Clark Stewart, pastor, New Zion Baptist Church, Covington
Scott Wilfong, member, Parkview Baptist Church, Baton Rouge