SBTC executive director search

Following the Nov. 11 announcement by Jim Richards of his plan to step down from his role as executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention by the end of 2021, the convention’s executive board chairman announced the search committee that will nominate to the executive board a candidate to fill the office of executive director.

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Mark Hogan (Chair)

Mission City Church, San Antonio

Caleb Turner

Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church, Mesquite

Todd Kaunitz

New Beginnings Baptist Church, Longview

Nathan Lino

Northeast Houston Baptist Church, Humble

Robert Slavens

Houston's First Baptist Church

Kie Bowman

Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin

Loui Canchola

Baptist Temple, McAllen

Carol Yarber

Rock Hill Baptist Church, Brownsboro


The search committee will post a monthly update to this page 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.

February 1, 2021

A committee formed to seek the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s next executive director has unanimously agreed on a candidate. Nathan Lorick, currently executive director of the Colorado Baptist General Convention, will be considered during a called board meeting, February 21, in Grapevine. Lorick, 39, has served the Colorado convention since 2017 and was evangelism director for the SBTC from 2012 to 2017, after pastoring two churches in Texas.

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January 14, 2021

Since Dr. Richards announced his intentions to transition from convention leadership in November, the Search Committee has been busy gathering information about the current and future ministry context for the Convention in the state of Texas, as well as prayerfully seeking God for the kind of man we need to lead us into the future.  Now that resumes have come in, we have begun the evaluation process.  The committee has been spending time reviewing and praying over the resumes, both individually and corporately.  The process of narrowing the list of candidates has begun as well.  The committee would like to thank everyone for their prayers and would like to ask you to continue to pray that God would guide us through this process and reveal His man to us in His time.

December 11, 2020

The Search Committee would like to thank everyone for their prayers and expressions of support since Dr. Richards announced his plans to transition from convention leadership in November.  Since that time, the Search Committee has been diligently gathering information and prayerfully seeking God, for the kind of man we need to lead the convention into the future.  We plan to begin the evaluation process in January once initial resumes have been received. In the meantime, the committee continues to covet your prayers as we move through the process of discovering God’s man.