This month marks the completion of 15 years of serving as the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. It has been a wonderful journey for me. I feel so remarkably blessed.
I have referred to myself as a little fat, red-headed boy from Skiatook. I realize the red hair is long gone, but it is my way of expressing surprise and humility as to the wonder that God would use me in this role. I, like Paul, stand in awe of the grace of God.
My days often start with giving thanks to God for the privilege of being born to Aden and Norma Jordan. By the measure of the world, they were not wealthy. Yet, in my estimation, they were rich in the things that really counted. They drew from a deep bank account filled with love. They taught me the value of living for Jesus daily. Though there were many tough times and more month than money, I lived a charmed life. They gave me confidence to live every day with joy and faith.
My ability to serve unhindered comes from a supportive and dedicated wife. God graced me beyond measure when He brought my Osage Princess into my life. Polla has prayed me through the tough times, encouraged me when the going got tough, affirmed me when I deserved it, and took me to the wood shed when I needed it. My ability to serve Oklahoma Baptists is derived from her support and love.
These 15 years have been enhanced by some of the most gifted, creative and spiritually-dynamic people in the work of God. Any leader fortunate to have served with these remarkable people would look very successful. They are passionate people dedicated to serving the local church and extending the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. The staff at the BGCO is second to none.
I cannot express the depth of my love for you—Oklahoma Baptists. You have opened the doors of your churches to me. I have preached in hundreds of churches across Oklahoma. Pastors, staff and directors of missions have given me the privilege to work beside them in the work of the Kingdom. You have opened your hearts to me. You have read my columns in the Messenger and encouraged me with your kind words. I have often heard of your faithful prayer support. You will never know how much that means to me.
Thank you for allowing me to serve my Lord through serving you. I have no idea how long the Lord will allow me to continue serving, but I promise you, I will give my all for the sake of Christ, our churches and our cooperative work together.
Anthony L. Jordan is executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.