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Steven Horn leaving First Baptist; taking over state Baptist Convention

Posted: 3:36 PM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 20:25:01-04
Steve Horn (Photo Courtesy: First Baptist of Lafayette)
Steve Horn (Photo Courtesy: First Baptist of Lafayette)

Steve Horn, pastor of First Baptist of Lafayette for the past 14 years, is stepping down to take over the helm of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

The LBC Executive Board voted unanimously to elect Horn as the 19th executive director of the organization during the entity’s spring meeting today.

Horn was nominated by a search committee comprising board members and led by Waylon Bailey, president of the Executive Board and the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Covington.

Horn will succeed David Hankins, who retires as executive director June 30.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead Louisiana Baptists in our cooperative efforts at this crucial time,” Horn said. “I want to thank the search committee and entire Executive Board for their confidence in me. I look forward to earning the trust of all Louisiana Baptists. I am ready to go to work listening and learning.

“My prayer for Louisiana is as the Apostle Paul said about his people – ‘My heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.’”

Horn has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lafayette since 2005, and before that led three other Louisiana congregations: New Haven Baptist Church, Natalbany; Satsuma Baptist Church, Livingston; and, Highland Baptist Church, New Iberia.

Horn also has served in a number of leadership roles in Louisiana Baptist and Southern Baptist life.

He was president of the LBC (2014-2015) as well as a member of the LBC Executive Board (2006-2011), serving as vice president (2009) and president (2010-2011). Currently, he is a trustee of Louisiana College, having joined that board in 2017.

He is in his second year as a trustee with the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and previously was a member of the SBC Committee on Order of Business (2012-2015).

Additionally, Horn served on the Committee on Committees for both the LBC (2012-2013) and the SBC (2009).

His last service will be on May 19, 2019.