Baylor alum and staff member named Texas Baptists' executive director
Dr. David Hardage, BA '79, and director of development for Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, was overwhelmingly voted in as the Baptist General Convention of Texas' new executive director on Jan. 12. He began his new role as the head of a group numbering 5,500 churches and 2.3 million members on Feb. 1.
"I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve our Texas Baptist family," Hardage said. "I am a grassroots Texas Baptist. I was saved, baptized, called, licensed and ordained in Texas Baptist churches. I received my education at a Texas Baptist institution and have served as pastor of three Texas Baptist churches and interim pastor of five others. I have been the director of missions of a Texas Baptist association and now have served at one of our seminaries. It has been my privilege to serve Texas Baptists."
After earning his BA in religion from Baylor, Hardage pastored multiple churches across the region before becoming director of missions for the Waco Regional Baptist Association in 2004 and then Truett's director of development from 2007 until taking this new role. Over the years, he has also served as chairman of the BGCT State Missions Commission, chairman of the BGCT Missions Funding Committee, and as a trustee at East Texas Baptist University.