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 Sept. 30. Mission:Dignity has raised more than $150 million during his tenure.
The committee has extended the deadline to submit recommendations and resumes to Jan. 15, 2021. Resumes or recommendations can be sent via email to [email protected] 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,” said Steve Dighton, chairman of the presidential search committee. “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, a retired pastor, committee members include:
- Randall Blackmon, pastor
- David Cox, layman, who has served as treasurer of the Greater Detroit Baptist Association and as secretary of the Michigan African American Fellowship
- Jim Scrivner, attorney
- David Rainwater, dentist
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.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations services at GuideStone.)