Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service
Awarded to individuals whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact.
B.A. ’79, D.Min.
The Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service is awarded to individuals whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact. This year’s Medal of Service is awarded to David Hardage, B.A. ’79, D.Min., of Dallas, retired Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
For the past 11 years, Hardage has led the state’s oldest Baptist convention in its work to support local churches, activate social ministries, support missions and spread the Word of God. He led the BGCT through a time of transition as it reorganized its ministry centers to be more focused and effective, divested the building owned by the Convention and relocated offices to streamline costs.
Throughout his career, Hardage has been deeply engaged in denominational life, serving as chair of the BGCT State Missions Commission, chair of the Missions Funding Committee and trustee at East Texas Baptist University. Hardage also has served as director of development for Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and director of the Waco Baptist Association and has pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma.