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Mo. Executive Board begins search process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)–The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Executive Board appointed a subcommittee Jan. 14 to recommend members of an MBC executive director search committee to be elected at the board’s April 12 meeting.

The Executive Board also unanimously voted to name Associate Executive Director Jay Hughes as interim executive director until the search committee recommends — and the board approves — a permanent executive director for the convention.

The actions were taken in a closed-door session at the Baptist Building in Jefferson City in response to David Tolliver’s resignation Jan. 6, which the board formally accepted. The board also discussed a process for ministering to the Tolliver family (see Baptist Press story www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=34404).

Four of those named to the subcommittee are members of the Executive Board’s administrative committee: Monte Dunn, pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church, Highlandville; John Marshall, MBC president and pastor of Second Baptist Church, Springfield; Jim Wells, director of missions of the Tri-County Baptist Association in Nixa; and Jody Shelenhamer, a businessman and member of Wellspring Baptist Fellowship in Bolivar. The fifth member is Denny Marr, associate minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Republic.

Hughes, 40, has served as controller for the convention since July 2003 and was named MBC associate executive director April 2009. The Monroe, La., native earned a master of business administration degree in 1993 and a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1992, both from Louisiana Tech. He is a certified public accountant and a former accounting firm partner in Monroe. He and his wife Niki and their two daughters are members of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City where Hughes serves as a deacon.

“I humbly accept this appointment by the Executive Board,” Hughes said after the meeting. “Please pray for me and the MBC staff as we move forward together. I am grateful for the great team at the MBC.”
Adapted from a report by The Pathway (wwwmbcpathway.com), newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

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