Missouri Baptists begin search for new leader
Bill Webb, Word & Way
January 17, 2011

Missouri Baptists begin search for new leader

Missouri Baptists begin search for new leader
Bill Webb, Word & Way
January 17, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (ABP) — The Missouri Baptist

Convention (MBC) Executive Board met in special session Jan. 14 and appointed a

subcommittee that will recommend members of an executive director search


The information was released in a press statement following

the closed-door session.

The convention had been without an executive director since

Jan. 6 when David Tolliver tendered his resignation. The MBC noted the

resignation in a Jan. 7 press release, saying the resignation was due to

“immoral behavior.”

The five men on the subcommittee charged with picking

members of the search committee and recommending their slate when the Executive

Board meets in regular session on April 12 are all from the southwestern area

of Missouri. They include Monte Dunn, pastor, Pleasant View Baptist Church,

Highlandville; John Marshall, MBC president and pastor, Second Baptist Church,

Springfield; Jim Wells, director of missions, Tri-County Baptist Association,

Nixa; Denny Marr, associate minister, Calvary Baptist Church, Republic; and

Jody Shelenhamer, a Bolivar businessman and member of Wellspring Baptist

Fellowship, Bolivar.

The Executive Board unanimously named Jay Hughes, 40,

associate executive director of support services since April 2009, as the

interim executive director. A week earlier, Hughes had been named temporary

interim. Hughes joined the staff in July 2003 as MBC controller.

The Monroe, La., native earned a bachelor’s degree in

accounting in 1992 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1993

from Louisiana Tech University. He is a certified public accountant and a

former accounting firm partner in Monroe. Hughes and his wife, Niki, and their

two daughters are members of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City. He

serves as a deacon.

“I humbly accept this appointment by the Executive Board,”

Hughes said after the meeting. “Please pray for me and the MBC staff as we move

forward together. I am grateful for the great team at the MBC.”

Tolliver, 60, had served as the chief executive officer of

the convention of about 2,000 churches (600,000 member) since February 2009.

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