Daehnert nominated as interim executive director

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William Jan Daehnert has been nominated to serve as the BGCT’s interim executive director.

Here’s the release:

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board will vote whether to approve William Jan Daehnert as BGCT interim executive director.

If approved, Daehnert – who worked on the BGCT staff from 1967-1993 and again from 1995-2006 – will assume the post Jan. 14 and serve through the initial weeks of service of the next BGCT executive director, a tenure that may last several months.

The board was informed of Daehnert’s nomination and began voting Dec. 20 via e-mail.

BGCT Executive Board Chairman John Petty praised Daehnert’s experience, which includes years of experience in bringing groups of people together. Daehnert is not a candidate to serve as the next permanent executive director.

“He knows and loves the BGCT and is willing to take on this assignment,” Petty said. “Jan is well known for his ability to relate well to a wide variety of groups and personalities. He is respected both in and out of ‘the building.’”

Daehnert has served the convention in a variety of roles. He began by directing the work of Baptist Student Ministries at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and then the University of North Texas before becoming associate state director of BGCT’s collegiate ministries.

He started the convention’s human resources office and served there for 10 years. Upon his return to the convention’s staff, he led the BGCT’s bivocational ministries, directed the convention’s office of church-minister relations and was interim team lead for the BGCT Congregational Leadership Team.

After retiring from the convention in 2006, Daehnert has been assisting in the promotion of WorldconneX, a missions network supported by the BGCT, and helping ministers develop leadership skills.

During his ministry, Daehnert has served as interim pastor at more than 50 churches.

Daehnert holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.

The BGCT Executive Director Search Committee is wrapping up the first round of candidate interviews and has started the second. Ken Hugghins, chairman of the committee, said it is unlikely an executive director nominee will be presented to the board before Jan. 1.

The BGCT Executive Board is charged with hiring the convention’s executive director. Current BGCT Executive Director Charles Wade is set to retire Jan. 31.

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3 Responses to “Daehnert nominated as interim executive director”

  1. David Lowrie Says:

    I commend the Executive Board on their wise and thoughtful selection of Jan Daehnert to lead us in the coming days of transition. I believe Jan will do a good job of helping us to prepare for our next Executive Director. Jan knows the ropes, and he knows our churches and institutions.

    I wish Dr. Wade well in his retirement. I know he will leave knowing his post will be in good hands.

    David Lowrie

  2. Kyle Morton Says:

    There could not be a better choice for Texas Baptists as an interim Executive Director than Jan Daehnert. He is an absolutely amazing man and a good friend.

  3. Terry Says:

    I don’t know Jan Daehnert personally, but almost everything I hear and read about him is positive. There could be a glimmer of hope coming up the horizon for the BGCT. I will be praying for him and the interim process.

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