Mo. Convention executive director resigns
Baptist Press
January 07, 2011

Mo. Convention executive director resigns

Mo. Convention executive director resigns
Baptist Press
January 07, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — David Tolliver, executive director of

the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) since February 2009, has resigned,

according to an announcement by the convention Jan. 7.

The full text of the convention’s brief statement follows:

“With deep regret we announce, Dr. David Tolliver has resigned as Executive

Director of the Missouri Baptist Convention due to immoral behavior with a

woman. His resignation is effective immediately. Jay Hughes, Associate

Executive Director of Support Services, will serve as acting interim executive

director until a permanent Interim executive director is named by the Executive


The MBC Executive Board is scheduled to meet Friday, Jan. 14.

Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee,

issued a statement after the MBC announcement. The full text follows:

“It is disheartening to learn of any fellow believer succumbing to sinful

choices. It is doubly so when the individual is in a visible and trusted role

of ministry leadership. Our heartfelt concern goes out to David, his wife, the

families and friends affected, and the many churches that cooperate with the

Missouri Baptist Convention. The pain they feel is real. We share in their


“Instances such as this remind us that we serve a Savior who died to offer

spiritual redemption from sin. Though the consequences of this action will

reverberate for years to come, we pray for genuine repentance and for God’s

peace and forgiveness to sustain each one involved.”

Tolliver, 60, elected by the MBC Executive Board on Feb. 3, 2009, had been the

convention’s interim executive director for nearly 22 months and had served on

the MBC staff as an associate executive director since May 2005. He previously

had been a longtime Missouri pastor.

Tolliver is married and the father of two, with two grandchildren.

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