The Oklahoman

Shawnee preacher to lead Okla. faith group

Southern Baptists pick the Rev. Todd Fisher

- Carla Hinton

A Shawnee preacher is poised to become the next leader of the state’s largest faith group.

Oklahoma Baptists’ board of directors chose the Rev. Todd Fisher as the group’s new executive director-treasurer Tuesday during a special business meeting of the organizati­on’s board of directors in Oklahoma City.

Fisher is senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, where he has been serving since 2003. He is currently serving a one-year term as president of Oklahoma Baptists.

His move to the new executive di

rector-treasurer leadership post will be presented for formal approval by Oklahoma Baptists at their annual meeting in November, said Brian Hobbs, Oklahoma Baptists’ communicat­ions director. The metro-area pastor will succeed the Rev. Hance Dilbeck, who left the Oklahoma Baptist leadership position over the summer to become president-elect at the Southern Baptist Convention’s GuideStone Financial Resources.

Fisher is expected to assume the executive director-treasurer role officially on Jan. 1. Hobbs said the Rev. Joe Ligon, Oklahoma Baptists’ senior associate director, will continue to serve as the group’s interim executive director-treasurer until Dec. 31.

Fisher will be the 10th executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists, more formally known as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. With 1,780 churches across the state, Oklahoma Baptists represent Oklahoma’s largest faith group.

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