‘Common denominator’ kept appearing for EC search teams • Biblical Recorder

Iorgs goal for EC is service, he says at press conference • Biblical Recorder
Picture by Adam Covington.
Neal Hughes looks on as Jeff Iorg speaks at a press conference March 21 next his election to serve as the following president of the SBC Government Committee.

NASHVILLE (BP)—Last Thursday marked 28 months and 21 times since the Government Committee had a president/CEO in area. In that time, four candidates emerged amid two search teams and one particular title constantly arrived up.

“What has been the popular denominator in the two teams’ pilgrimages has been the title of Dr. Jeff Iorg for president,” stated Neal Hughes in light-weight of Iorg staying elected unanimously on March 21 to the posture. 

Now as president-elect, Iorg’s initial day as EC president will be May 13. 

Hughes, who served as chair, referenced feedback from initial lookup workforce chairman Chicago-region pastor Adron Robinson expressing Iorg emerged as a “strong candidate” in the course of the initial research. Nonetheless, the timing was not proper regarding Iorg’s tenure and approaching designs for obtaining his successor as president of Gateway Seminary. 

That staff finally introduced Texas pastor Jared Wellman as its candidate, but the Executive Committee did not validate that choice in a May 2023 vote. Interim EC president/CEO Willie McLaurin emerged as the upcoming major prospect, but resigned from that function and was eliminated from thought last August when it was found out he experienced falsified details on his resume. 

When once again, stated Hughes, the look for staff arrived at out to Iorg. The Gateway president, however, was in the midst of functioning with seminary management to establish the changeover system to locate the following president. 

Afterwards previous 12 months and into the commencing of 2024, an additional applicant emerged. Even while no formal announcement by the search group discovered the candidate, Ga Baptist government director Thomas Hammond issued a assertion in late January that he experienced withdrawn his identify for consideration. 

“When the past applicant taken out his title for thing to consider, the crew went back again and requested Jeff, “Has just about anything improved in your decision?” reported Hughes. “This time, Jeff was ready. Our brother and his family’s answer was ‘Yes.’”

In a column for Baptist Press, search staff member Sarah Rogers wrote about the “missing blueprint” that eluded her group but finally led them to trust God’s route. 

“I rejoice regardless of a missing blueprint since it invited us to figure out His glory,” she wrote. “Many hrs had been invested in laboring in excess of what this position involves and who could fill it. We came to understand that this career is intricate. The human being identified as to this job ought to be a leader gifted by God and dependent on Him to carry out the needed aims. 

“But our exchanges also confident us that this gifted leader have to be fantastic at recognizing that he is but one particular member functioning along with Southern Baptists towards a shared goal: the fame and honor of King Jesus.”

Following Hughes’ introductory responses at a push meeting immediately after the EC’s vote, Iorg claimed, “I’m as astonished, in some approaches, to be right here as you are to share the term you just did.” 

It was only a matter of weeks earlier that he and his wife, Ann, were being building retirement ideas to be in the vicinity of loved ones in Portland, Ore. 

“Then instances transformed with the Government Committee and I was requested to think about this placement and in the long run made the conclusion to do so,” he reported.

(EDITOR’S Notice – Scott Barkley is nationwide correspondent for Baptist Press.)