For many months we have prayed for our next Executive Director. We prayed for Dr. Ryan Strother even before we knew his name. In recent months, we have prayed for God’s will. We prayed for God’s man. We prayed for “the guy” who would be our next Executive Director who would follow a great host of leaders who have preceded him. As a result, our Lord has led, and he has been found.

Soon, he will take on this very important role as he transitions from Ohio to Indiana. Our prayers for him continue. As I pen this article, I have just registered for a conference with a great lineup of speakers. As I registered my thoughts were, “I would like to see Ryan in a list of presenters like that.” But quickly, the Holy Spirit checked me with the thought, “But what does the Lord want? What does Indiana need right now?”

The verses of Colossians 3:1-4 came afresh to my spirit. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Couple those words with, “The State Convention of Baptists in Indiana exists to Partner with churches to Discover and Fulfill their Next Step” and what an incredible combination that is.

As the outgoing Chairman of the Board for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, I have a few personal words to share. I am seeking “what is above” for Indiana. I am excited about what lies ahead for Indiana. I am deeply grateful for the search committee as we worked together. I am grateful, the Executive Board meeting in an executive session on September 13, 2021, unanimously voted to affirm Dr. Ryan Strother as our next Executive Director. I look forward to all of you getting the opportunity to meet him. And I humbly ask that you / that we/ do everything that needs to be done to seize the day and to capitalize on this grand and new opportunity.

As we seek the Lord together, as we pray for Brother Ryan, and as we dream courageously, let’s walk forward locking arms as we take our next step(s) for the kingdom. Brother Ryan Strother, Welcome to Indiana!