Today the BGCT Executive Director Search Committee announced that they will recommend Dr. Randel Everett of FBC Newport News, VA to be the next Executive Director of our state convention. I suspect for most of us he was not one who was on the radar screen. He may come as a surprise to most, but I pray we will rally behind him.
I know very little about him, but those who do have great confidence in his abilities, integrity, skills, and leadership. We have prayed the Lord would raise up a leader for this hour, and Dr. Everett now stands before us as that leader. The fact he comes from outside the system could work for or against him. The fact that he is relatively unknown to many Texas Baptists could have much the same effect. The thing I like most about him without knowing him is the fact that he said “YES” to a “God-sized”, “Texas-sized” challenge. I am willing to get behind someone who is willing to charge hell with a squirt gun if that is what the LORD wants him to do.
Restoring trust is a two way street. I believe this will be job one for him on many fronts, but we can help him out by trusting him now. I know trust must be earned at certain levels, but I don’t see any immediate advantage in taking a wait and see approach. I think it is time for us to put him at the top of our prayer lists and rally behind him. He is God’s man for this hour, but the task ahead of us will demand a total team effort. Dr. Everett can count on me and my church today, and I pray you will join me. I believe the winds of change are blowing among us and bright days are ahead.
I appreciate Ken Hugghins and his committee for their work.
Remember “we can do more together”–let’s make this motto a reality in the days ahead.