Jason Atchley, pastor of Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock, will be nominated for another term as second vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Cory Hines, president of Howard Payne University, will nominate Atchley at Texas Baptists’ annual meeting, Nov. 17-19 in Waco.
Hines—who first met Atchley when they both were students at HPU—praised him as “a godly husband and father” who has “admirably served Texas Baptists.”
“I have known Jason for 25 years and have always admired his ability to serve others from a heart of humility,” Hines said, pointing out Atchley’s service both in his local church and in his community.
Atchley grew up as a Texas Baptist in Midland and received his higher education in Texas Baptist schools, he noted.
“Having served throughout our state as a youth minister, a music minister, a discipleship and family pastor and a lead pastor, he understands the needs of our state and our churches. … I pray our graduates would aspire to honor the Lord much like Dr. Atchley has throughout his life,” Hines said.
Continuity in time of transition
“It is truly an honor and blessing to be asked to serve another term,” Atchley said.
The current “brotherhood of officers” have an opportunity to provide continuity during a transitional time for Texas Baptists’ senior executive staff leadership, he noted.
Jill Larsen resigned earlier this year as Texas Baptists’ treasurer and chief financial officer, and Steve Vernon announced plans to retire as associate executive director at the end of the year. Craig Christina will succeed Vernon as associate executive director.
“Beyond that, I believe in what Dr. Evans has done and the vision of unity he has promoted, with Texas Baptists of all backgrounds and cultures serving together,” Atchley said.
Encourage involvement by the next generation
Furthermore, Atchley wants to encourage young pastors and church leaders to become more involved in Texas Baptist life.
“I think there has to be a generational shift,” he said. “I believe I can be a change agent, to influence the next generation to be engaged in the life of our convention.”
Texas Baptists “have a great story to tell,” he asserted. Young leaders will be drawn to the BGCT when they find out about the opportunities to learn, grow and network available in Texas Baptist life, he added.
“I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning. If you stop learning, you stop growing,” he said.
Atchley has been pastor at Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock about four years and has served part-time on the HPU faculty.
Previously, he was pastor of adult and family ministries at First Baptist Church in Decatur for two years. He also has served as pastor to students at Jonesboro Baptist Church near Gatesville, First Baptist Church in Hamlin, First Baptist Church in Canyon and First Baptist Church in Round Rock.
In addition to earning his undergraduate degree from HPU, he holds both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary.
He and his wife Heather have two daughters, Hallee and Chloe.