Florida Baptist Convention's Owens inducted into administrators’ Hall of Fame
Aug 6, 2014
By BARBARA DENMAN
Florida Baptist Convention
KISSIMMEE (FLBaptist)—Glen Owens, assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention since 1989, was inducted into the National Association of Church Business Administration’s “Hall of Fame” for his significant contributions to the church management profession.
This award was presented July 16 during the NACBA annual meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee. Past recipients have included editors, church administration professors, denomination and association executives, writers, editors and certified public accountants that specialize in church management.
The NACBA is comprised of hundreds of church administrators and “like-minded professionals from various denominations,” according to member Chris Coram, associate pastor administration and finance at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, who attended the meeting.
The award “recognizes Bro. Glen’s accomplishments as a leader of Florida Baptists,” Coram said. “During his tenure here he has worked with many churches to insure that their administrative policies are biblically based and business oriented,” he explained.
“He has been a wonderful friend and mentor to many of us who serve in that capacity and brought his expertise to almost 30 churches in our state serving as their interim pastor in times of great spiritual and administrative needs.”
Owens is a long-time member of the organization, having received his certification as a NACBA Fellow in 1983 and Certified Church Business Administrator from the Southern Baptist Church Administration Association in 1988.
“In my almost 25 years of church administrative work,” Coram added, “I know of no church business administrator who has risen to the leadership rank that Bro. Glen has. Florida Baptists have much to be proud of and thankful for having been the recipient of his servant spirit all these years.”
A member of the American Society of Parliamentarians, Owens has been a guest lecturer on church administration at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Orlando hub.
In 2007, The Baptist College of Florida awarded Owens with an honorary doctorate of Christian letters for significant contributions in the area of church administration.
In other areas of SBC life, Owens has served as a trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the former Pembrook Foundation of Winter Park.
Prior to his service at the Florida Baptist Convention, Owens was the minister of Church Business Administration at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., and served churches in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.
During his tenure in Florida, the assistant exec has preached and taught in several hundred churches and served as interim pastor in more than 30 churches.
Born in El Dorado, Ark., Owens attended high school and college in Louisiana, graduating from Louisiana Tech University in Rushton in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, majoring in accounting. He continued his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at the Shreveport hub.
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