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Colorado native to be recommended as convention’s executive director


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (BP)–Colorado native Mark H. Edlund will be recommended as the next executive director/treasurer of the Colorado Baptist General Convention.

Following several months of reviewing resumes, hosting listening sessions across the state and interviewing potential candidates, the convention’s executive director/treasurer search committee will “unanimously and enthusiastically recommend” Edlund to the position, chairman Lewis Adkison said. Edlund currently is a missionary to Korea with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

“We were impressed by his unquestionable integrity, honesty and openness before the committee,” Adkison said. “He has a real passion for church planting and a strategy for doing so.”

After reviewing many resumes, the committee decided to conduct face-to-face interviews with five candidates, although one dropped out from consideration before the interview.

“Out of the interviews we did, Mark’s was completely different,” Adkison said. “We unanimously felt like God was leading us to him.”

If elected at a Jan. 25 special called business meeting of the convention, Edlund will succeed David Bunch, who led the convention for six years and retired in March.

Edlund was born in Denver and considers Golden his hometown. He and his wife, Kristy, have a 19-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. He’s currently serving in Seoul, Korea, as a Western Pacific region administrative associate with the International Mission Board.

Edlund has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree from the University of Denver. He has also completed course work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary.

He has worked as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and other education-related administrative roles in Colorado, Belgium and Japan. In 1984, he was appointed as a career missionary of the IMB. In 1991, he became mission administrator in Tokyo, Japan, and in 1997 moved to his present role.

Currently, he helps oversee and direct the work of 380 IMB personnel in the Western Pacific region (Korea, Japan and the Philippines) and manage IMB regional properties, including the construction of two new major development properties in Japan and a new office complex in the Phillipines. He administers a field budget of $6.8 million and the distribution of relief and humanitarian funds. He provides pulpit supply in local churches and trains personnel in areas including missiology, strategy, teaming and administrative matters.

Edlund has been described by references as an effective administrator and an organized visionary who knows how to develop strategies, objectives and goals and implement them.

“Mark is a man of faith and prayer,” one reference said. “He will lead Colorado Baptists to share their faith, plant and grow churches, and develop a global view — a heart for a lost world.”

Town hall meetings will be hosted in January in three Colorado locations to offer a “get-acquainted” and “question-and-answer” time with the Edlunds. On Monday, Jan. 22, the meeting will be at First Southern Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Bookcliff Baptist Church, Grand Junction, will host a session at 7 p.m. Riverside Baptist Church in Denver will host a luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 25 at noon. The luncheon is open to everyone. Participants should RSVP to Riverside by calling (303) 433-8665. A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of the meal.

The town hall meetings will also include testimonies from search committee members.

Messengers are invited to special called business meeting of the convention on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Applewood Baptist Church, Wheat Ridge, at 7 p.m. The CBGC executive board approved the special session at its Dec. 5 meeting. The search committee will bring a recommendation that Mark Edlund be employed as the new executive director/treasurer of the CBGC. Colorado’s Southern Baptist churches have been invited to send messengers to the meeting.

Messenger cards and more information about the business session will be mailed to churches.
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