John Hardin retired on Sept. 30 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. Hardin has served the Foundation since 1988 following his service as associate director of the Business Services division of the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
The Missouri Baptist Foundation and the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina have named new leaders. Neil Franks, age 46, served as the lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Branson, Mo. Nathan McCarthy has been an investment manager and since 2010 has served the Baptist Foundation of Alabama as senior investment officer.
On Aug. 18, Stephen Mathis, interim president of the Missouri Baptist Foundation, announced he would retire from MBF on Sept. 30 after nearly 31 years working at the institution. Mathis, who is also executive vice president, has been interim president since June 2015 and previously served as interim president during two other transitions.
The Missouri Baptist Foundation lost its final appeal Sept. 20 in the legal action filed against it by the Missouri Baptist Convention 14 years ago. As a result, current trustees will be required to surrender governance to MBC-elected trustees.
The Missouri Baptist Foundation has named two couples and five individuals to its Fellowship of Christian Stewards for 2016. The awards recognize those who have been generous with their life and resources to benefit God’s kingdom, according to MBF.
The Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Mo., on July 5 overruled and denied The Missouri Baptist Foundation’s motions for the court to either rehear the Missouri Baptist Convention’s case against it or transfer the matter to the Missouri Supreme Court.
The Missouri Baptist Foundation on June 8 has filed a “motion for rehearing and alternative application for transfer” of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s nearly 14-year-old case against the Foundation.
The Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Mo. — a three-judge panel — ruled May 24 in favor of the Missouri Baptist Convention in their 14-year legal battle over selection of the Missouri Baptist Foundation’s board of trustees.