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SBC DIGEST: Search for SBTC executive director; Moore receives religious liberty award

SBTC search committee accepting resumes for executive director

By Texan Staff

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has formed a search committee for the position of executive director. Jim Richards announced Nov. 11 his intention to step down from the role by the end of 2021.

The search committee, which will nominate a candidate to the SBTC executive board, met Nov. 11 and is seeking resumes for consideration, Chairman Mark Hogan of San Antonio announced. Individual members of the committee will not accept resumes; the committee has set up an email address, [email protected], for that purpose. All resumes should be submitted through the email address no later than Dec. 28, 2020.

The search committee will post a monthly update to the convention website, www.sbtexas.com, for the duration of the search process and invites SBTC churches to join them as they pray for God’s guidance in the search and for the man who will lead the convention as its second executive director.

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Moore to receive 2020 Defender of Religious Freedom Award

By Elizabeth Bristow

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Religious Freedom Institute will present Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, with the 2020 Defender of Religious Freedom Award during a virtual ceremony Nov. 21.

The Religious Freedom Institute announced Moore as the recipient of this year’s award in September for his work to defend religious liberty for all people of faith.

The award will be presented by Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and past chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“Dr. Moore is a brilliant, winsome, and tireless advocate for religious liberty,” said Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute. “Whether making his case from the pulpit, or in the pages of The New York Times, Dr. Moore finds a way to speak so others can listen.”

The Religious Freedom Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that gives the award each year to a person who “defends religious freedom for everyone, everywhere from within his or her faith tradition.” The award is presented at the institute’s annual dinner.

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