Nabors resigns as CFO


DALLAS – Baptist General Convention of Texas Chief Financial Officer David Nabors has resigned effective April 15.

In a letter to BGCT Interim Executive Director Jan Daehnert, Nabors expressed gratitude for his time on the BGCT Executive Board staff.

“I cherish and thank the Lord for the six years I have been able to serve the Baptists of Texas in this calling,” he wrote. “Many life-long friendships have been made during my tenure, and I especially appreciate the staff for their hard work and support. Our combined efforts have served the Lord in wonderful ways I never dreamed would be my privilege.”

Daehnert indicated Nabors’ resignation is the turning of a page in Texas Baptist history. In recent months, convention Chief Operating Officer Ron Gunter resigned and Executive Director Charles Wade retired. Randel Everett will begin as the convention’s Executive Director March 31.

“We needed a change as it relates to the coming of a new executive director and moving forward to greater hope and possibilities,” Daehnert said. “We want to look forward to reaching people for Christ in effective and fiscally-responsible ways.”

Daehnert said he is working on plans for the transition period between Nabors and the next chief financial officer.

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13 Responses to “Nabors resigns as CFO”

  1. spiritualsamurai Says:

    It is about time. If Nabors had been doing his job he would have raised red flags about Otto a long time ago. I still cannot believe what he told the investigators about an internal audit being to expensive. How much does trust and integrity cost.

  2. Muzzled former BGCT employee Says:

    What can you expect when Wade and Liebrum hired a back room accountant from a local bank –without any previous experience in the religious and non profit area.

    But they wanted someone with fresh eyes and ideas….and I guess at the cost of integrity and money, they got what they wanted in Mr. Nabors.

  3. Ken Coffee Says:

    Dear Muzzled…. You know good and well Chris Liebrum had nothing to do with hiring Nabors, except to process Dr. Wade’s selection. You may have a mad on for Liebrum, but be fair.

  4. David Says:

    Three great challenges among Texas Baptists: (1) leading an organization with a $50 million budget; (2) leading an organization with a $50,000 budget; and, (3) leading any organization with a budget between $50,000 and $50 million.

    No one I know among Baptists in Texas does his leadership job well enough to offer anything but encouragement to all other leaders among us. Where criticism is due, it should be offered constructively if not privately. Only One filled His leader role perfectly, then He died for the rest of us who cannot and will not do the same.

    My congratulations to David Nabors for taking on the financial leadership challenge of the BGCT during these recent years, and my family’s best wishes and prayers for him in the coming days.

  5. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Dear Ken,

    What is a mad on?

    Dear David,

    Your emphasis on grace is to be applauded. However, I do believe Jesus himself would have openly criticized the Wade administration and all those who supported the theft, favoritism, waste, cover ups and mismanagement that occured. Remember, David Nabors told the FBI that Otto was legit and even if not that the BGCT refused to prosecute. Is it any wonder that the Otto case has disappeared in their bureaucracy.

  6. David Says:


    I think grace is to be applauded, also–and offered as frequently as it is needed.

    Despite reports to the contrary, I remain one not convinced of theft, favoritism, waste, cover ups, or mismanagement during the Wade administration–but (not to rehash previous postings at this site) still am willing to consider reasonable evidence presented in reasonable ways by reasonable people. I can agree that success was not achieved when facing every challenge or trial–as in the congregations each of us serve–however.

    It is good to see that you surf through this site on occasion, too–and it is time for everyone to move forward together. Take my statements above that way.

  7. David Says:

    . . . My pardon: (1) Thefts BY that administration: no; FROM the convention: possibly so, where funds provided were used for purposes other than those agreed upon and remain un-repaid; (2) Mismanagement is waste; I can agree that parts of the Valley issue appear to have included inattention to good management on the part of at least one person on the convention’s staff; (3) Cover-up: no, though the usual confidentiality has been practiced.

    Simply clarifying. Again, moving on.

  8. rand Says:

    That’s a bold statement, claiming that Jesus would criticize the Wade administration. Perhaps so. But couldn’t Jesus also criticize yours? Mine? Everyone else’s?

  9. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Rand, I am sure that he would.

    But should we not hold our convention administration to a higher standard? They are the ones who want to be called CEO, COO, & CFO. The misuse of the Mary Hill Davis funds (it was a similiar thing that Jim Baker went to jail for), the refusal to listen to Valley concerns and an attempt to muzzle critics was clearly an attempt to cover what Otto did up. Refusal to prosecute John Becker after Otto did what he did, indicates a lack of accountablility and great irresponsibility. How many months has it been since the investigation was turned over to “proper authorities”?

    David, I do not believe God is going to allow us to move on till the sin in the camp is revealed and dealt with properly. There are still to many unanswered questions. Nabors sudden “resignation” just raises more questions.

  10. David Says:


    You are entitled to your spiritual opinions, but there is some sin in everyone’s camp. No progress can be made by any Christian organization if your logic applies to each of us and the groups we lead.

    My opinion is that, if you and I will move forward with the others composing the BGCT, God will move us forward and grow us in all necessary ways as well–and continue to show us areas needing improvement and/or forgiveness. I do not think that remedial judgment has fallen on the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

    Are there, or have there been, concerns which seem legitimate?–Yes; any halfway good administrator of ministry can see that. My greater concern, though I think that I understand the frustration from which it comes, is the tone of much of what has been blogged about these matters–pure heathens are not treated the way some BGCT staff members have been by bloggers you and I both know. That is an opinion shared by many informed Texas Baptists, by the way.

    Let’s give it a try starting today, OK?

  11. A Concerned Brother Says:

    I am a nobody in the “Baptist Denominational world”…just a young man who wants to follow Christ. I just recently was made aware of this blog and after reading through it I am very concerned about our future. It’s not so much because of all the controversy and scandal that I have concern, but because that alone seems to be all that inspires and motivates many to respond and act.

    John has presented post after post of awesome things God is doing in and through our convention and on those posts I most often find zero comments, but if there is any news regarding a resignation or difficulty many of you seem to circle like vultures. Samuri, I don’t know you, but your spirit just doesn’t strike me as particularly Christlike at all…regardless of what you believe about the mishandling of funds etc… it is quite clear that we are known by our love for each other.

    Please…please…I beg of you all…take these types of things behind closed doors or in private emails. For the sake of those who might be reading these blogs please consider how your words might be a stumbling block for others among us. I do remember Jesus saying something about the use of a mill stone in regard to this type of behavior.

    I am not so naive as to think there isn’t going to be disagreement among the brethren and I know it seems cliche to ask if we can just all get along and love Jesus. However, I don’t think it is too much to ask for fellow brothers in Christ to be willing to treat each other with deep respect and love in the public forum while expressing our disagreements in person. After all, isn’t that the biblical model of Matthew 18?


  12. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Dear David,

    It is hard to work with people who are trying to smear you all the time. (BGCT leadership may not do it through a blog, but they are quite active on the phones).

    I am working with grassroots folks and conscience lead BGCT employees to bring about positive change. Still I don’t think that will happen until TBC gets beat and the Shadow convention losses it hold on the EB.

    I do not expect to be include with the many informed Texas Baptists you speak about (where those the same ones who said their was no ValleyGate?) however, until I see people like Rick Davis, David Lowrie, Ron Cook, and others included in the decision making process I will keep doing what I have been doing.

    I really am tired of the elitist attitude a few “informed Texas Baptists” (a very small group) display.

  13. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Dear Concerned,

    Your heart is noted. It would be nice if we could work things out privately, but that option was closed about 8 years ago. Unless you are one of the elite no one listens until you make enough noise that you cannot be ignored. The BGCT will not survive 8 more years of the same.

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