Hardage—a veteran Texas Baptist pastor, associational leader and seminary development officer—succeeds Randel Everett, who became pastor of First Baptist Church in Midland one year ago.
Hardage has served as director of development for Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary since 2007. He was director of Waco Regional Baptist Association from 2004 to 2007.
He served 13 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Previous pastorates included First Baptist Church in Holliday, First Baptist Church in Blum and First Baptist Church in Weatherford, Okla.
Interim pastorates include First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, First Baptist Church in Huntsville and First Baptist Church in Bryan.
Hardage has served as chairman of the BGCT State Missions Commission, chairman of the BGCT Missions Funding Committee and trustee at East Texas Baptist University and Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center. He also served on the BGCT Committee on Committees.
He is a graduate of Baylor University. He earned a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and a doctorate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., in 1993.
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