State leaders return to local ministry, retire in series of staff changes

by Kalie Lowrie on July 29, 2019 in News

A number of Texas Baptists leaders have announced in the last few months that they are transitioning roles. 

Delvin Atchison resigned his position as director of the Great Commission Team in April to return to the local church as pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Lewisville.

At the May Executive Board meeting, Associate Executive Director Steve Vernon announced his upcoming retirement after many years as a BGCT pastor and the past 11 as associate executive director.

“I have so enjoyed the privilege of serving alongside Steve,” said Executive Director David Hardage. “He became much more than a colleague but a trusted friend and adviser. He and Donna will enjoy living in Central Texas when his service days conclude at the end of this year. Steve: Finish Strong!”

Additionally, CFO/Treasurer Jill Larsen announced she will leave Texas Baptists at the end of July to become CFO of VisitDallas. Larsen has served with Texas Baptists for 15 years.

“Jill has been a joy with whom to work and I wish her nothing but the best,” said Hardage. “She will be missed, but I know that the Lord will continue to use her gifts and talents to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

The executive offices of Associate Executive Director and CFO/Treasurer are board-approved positions. Nominations to fill these positions are received and considered by a committee comprised of Executive Director David Hardage, President Michael Evans, Board Chair Dennis Young, and Vice-Chair Craig Christina. Recommendations will be brought before the Executive Board in September. Visit for job descriptions and applications. 

“As the days move ahead, we will seek the right people to come on board and fill these roles and, perhaps, others,” said Hardage. “Thank you for praying for us during this season of change. We have been so blessed, and the Lord will continue to bless as we seek His will and way.”

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