DALLAS - Texas Baptists named Ira Antoine director of bivocational pastor ministry.
With a growing number of pastors serving in bivocational ministry across the state, Antoine will serve as a resource for these ministers.
"The mission of this ministry is to serve as a resource to Texas Baptist churches and associations in developing a model for Bivocational Pastor Ministry that will result in a significant increase in available, truly-called, and well-equipped bivocational pastors," Antoine said.
In his new role, he will coordinate and oversee training seminars, theological education, and bivocational pastor conferences.
Many bivocational pastors would like to receive training and continuing education, but because of their other vocational work commitments, family needs, and in some cases, geographical location, it is virtually impossible to attend training classes or formal education through traditional means. As director of Bivocational Pastor Ministry, Antoine will work closely with our Texas Baptists educational institutions and advocate for the establishment of regional training institutes that cater to the needs and circumstances of bivocational pastors throughout the state of Texas that assist in the development of well-equipped leaders.
For more than 26 years, Antoine has served in the local church and denominational work. He has been on the Texas Baptists' staff since 2006, as a congregational and leadership strategist. Through his position, Antoine worked directly with African American congregations in the Houston Metropolitan area to provide leadership training and consultation. He also provided direct support in the design and development of a church revitalization process that could be utilized throughout the state.
Antoine has served as pastor of Minnehulla Baptist Church in Goliad since 2007, a position he will continue to hold as a bivocational minister. Previously, he served as Pastor of Pastoral Care and then Senior Pastor of Bay Area Baptist Church in Houston.
One particular area of emphasis will be helping connect churches with resources to find jobs for bivocational ministers. This ministry will work with local associations and business leaders to establish a reproducible strategy that will help churches in their effort to call well-qualified bivocational pastors. Antoine believes that such an effort will benefit both the church and the community.
Antoine graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, with a Bachelor of Science, and holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
He and his wife, Cynthia, make their home in Houston.
Bivocational Pastor Ministry is part of the Connections Team at the BGCT. For more information, visit texasbaptists.org/age-culture/bivocational-pastor-ministry or contact Ira Antoine at 832-472-7399 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.