DALLAS GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins asked trustees to begin the process of identifying his successor in September.
No timeline has been set regarding Hawkins’ eventual retirement. He assumed the presidency of GuideStone in 1997 and has seen the ministry grow into the sponsor of the largest faith-based mutual fund family in the U.S. Including the mutual funds, GuideStone has almost $18 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020. Among GuideStone’s greatest accomplishments is in seeing Mission:Dignity® raise more than $150 million during his tenure.
Recommendations and resumes can be sent to the committee by forwarding them through January 15, 2021. The deadline to receive recommendations and resumes was extended until January 15, 2021 to accommodate busy schedules during the Holiday Season. Resumes or recommendations can be sent via email to Tim.Head@GuideStone.org, or through the mail to Timothy E. Head, Executive Officer of Denominational and Public Relations, c/o GuideStone, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 2200, Dallas, TX 75244.
“We know the Lord, in his timing, will draw us to the man he has identified to take GuideStone into its next era of service,” presidential search committee Chairman Steve Dighton said. “We covet the prayers of Southern Baptists throughout this process.
“Already the committee has received many qualified recommendations. We, as a committee have been diligently praying and working together in an incredible spirit of unity as we have begun this process.”
In addition to Dighton (KS-NE), a retired megachurch pastor, committee members include:
- Randall Blackmon (MD-DE/DC), a long-time pastor who brings the perspective of a small- to medium-church pastor, with a heart for Mission:Dignity
- David Cox (MI), a successful layman and minister in his church, who has served as treasurer of the Greater Detroit Baptist Association and as secretary of the Michigan African American Fellowship
- Jim Scrivner (OK), an attorney and layman and a long-serving member of GuideStone’s board
- David Rainwater (AR), a dentist and the youngest member — a millennial — of the search committee
The committee also includes trustee board Chairperson Renée Trewick of New York and trustee board Vice Chairman Johnny Hoychick of Louisiana as ex officio members.