As we bid “Godspeed” to our friend, brother, and SCBI Executive Director, Steve McNeil, your Administrative Committee requests your prayers in the search for our next Executive Director.

The committee consists of: Beverly Whitely, Tom Savage (Chairman), Dennis Runner, Bobby Pell, John Newland, Larry Lewis, Josh Goepfrich, Dan DeFreise and Greg Byman.

We have already received and begun processing several resumes and recommendations for candidates from across the country. The committee has also decided to receive candidates, at least, through the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, which convenes June 15-16, 2021.

Because our collective mission remains ongoing, the Administrative Committee tapped Bobby Pell as the Interim State Executive Director. His tenure began May 3, 2021, so that we might work for a smooth transition as Dr. McNeil enters retirement on June 11, 2021. This means we hope to see, in coordination with our state staff, the work of “partnering with churches to discover and fulfill their next step” to continue moving forward. Now is not a time to coast, much less pause in the work. We already enjoy an empowered staff and skilled, kingdom workers across our state. May Christ’s love compel us to continue reaching the people of our state with the gospel, as each church takes its next step in fulfilling the Great Commission.

SCBI’s Administrative Committee recognizes that we live in uncertain times. We are in a battle for the hearts and souls of people across our streets and around the world. The Lord’s people in Indiana need our collective trumpet to sound a clear call to faith-filled, gospel-saturated action as “soldiers for Christ in truth arrayed.” We know there is much evil in our world, but it has always been this way. The way forward has not changed. By the grace of God, we will not be overcome by evil. We will overcome evil with good.

Pray for us as we seek a new State Executive Director. We are praying for you. Pray for one another, just as you are doing. We trust in our Father and in His Son to guide our process. If He gave up his Son for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

SCBI Administrative Committee