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Owens elected interim FBC executive-director

[SLIDESHOW=39596,39597]LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) — Glen Owens, who has served for 25 years as the assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention, has been elected as interim executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, effective March 1.

He will carry out official duties and tasks previously performed by John Sullivan, who will retire from the Florida Baptist Convention after 26 years as executive director-treasurer Feb. 28. Owens has served as Sullivan’s primary associate since 1989.

FBC elected Owens during the State Board of Missions meeting today (Feb. 6). Owens’ assignment will conclude when the State Board of Missions completes its search for a permanent executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

The 68-year-old Owens previously served on Sullivan’s staff at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., as minister of church business administration, 1984-1987. He was minister of young adult education and director of church operations at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., from 1987-1989. During his years at Broadmoor, Owens served as interim pastor of its mission church, Ellerbe Road Baptist Church, from 1986-1987. He also was associate pastor/administrator at Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, 1980-84.

Owens, a native of El Dorado, Ark., was reared in Louisiana, and received the bachelor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., in 1969. He continued his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas from 1980-1982; and at Broadmoor Bible Institute, an extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Shreveport in 1985.

The certified church business administrator was inducted into the National Association of Church Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2014. He received a fellow in that organization in 1983.

From 2005-2013, Owens served as a trustee on the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was awarded the doctor of Christian letters from the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville in 2007.

He and his wife Susan have two grown children.