Dr. Hance Dilbeck was approved to serve as the next Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) executive director-treasurer with a unanimous vote by the BGCO board at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City this month.
Dilbeck, who has served as pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003, will become the ninth executive director elected in the 111-year state convention’s history.
Dilbeck follows BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan, who has served as BGCO executive director since April 1996.
Members of the BGCO Executive Search Committee, who began their search in September, each spoke enthusiastically about Dilbeck during the Dec. 11 meeting and expressed how they believe God guided the decision process.
Committee chairman Nick Garland, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow said, “We all looked to Jesus to guide us to find the man to lead us as our next executive director-treasurer. Because of His working in us, there was a clear unity in our decisions, and we believe God led us to Dr. Dilbeck, and we know he will continue the great work here in Oklahoma that God has brought about.”
Dilbeck will officially begin his service at the BGCO as executive director-treasurer-elect on January 15.
The board also voted to approve a transition period between January 15 and February 28 for Jordan and Dilbeck. Following the time of transition, Dilbeck will assume all administrative leadership of the BGCO on March 1 and Jordan’s retirement becomes official on April 15.
The BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer committee included Garland; Kevin Baker, pastor of Martha Road Baptist Church in Altus; Blake Gideon, pastor of First Baptist Church in Edmond; Shane Hall, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Del City; Mike Keahbone, pastor of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; Rusty McMullen, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sayre; and Doug Melton, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.
Dilbeck has served in a number of leadership roles in Southern Baptist life, including as BGCO president and as chairman of the board for various SBC and BGCO-affiliated entities.
Dilbeck has served as the senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs since 2003. Since then, the church has tripled its size in membership, led the entire Southern Baptist Convention in Cooperative Program giving and has played an active part in 29 church planting efforts and one church revitalization effort.
He has been in the pastorate in Oklahoma churches for more than 27 years, including at First Baptist Church of Snyder, Okla.; First Baptist Church of Noble, Okla.; and First Baptist Church of Ponca City, Okla.
Dilbeck was born in Pawhuska and graduated from Pawhuska High School. His undergraduate degree in religion is from Oklahoma Baptist University, and he is a two-time graduate of Southwestern Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1992 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2002. In addition to the pastorate, he has also served as adjunct professor of preaching at both Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Seminary.
He has served in many other areas of denominational work as well, having been the featured preacher for Falls Creek Youth Camp, chairman of the board of trustees at Oklahoma Baptist University, chairman of the board of trustees at Southwestern Seminary, second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, BGCO president and chairman of the board of trustees for the International Mission Board.
Dilbeck and his wife Julie have been married for 32 years and have three grown sons, D.H., Dax, and Leighton.