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Executive Bios

GuideStone Financial Resources is pleased to provide the biographies and photos of its key executives for use in editorial placement with prior written permission. To obtain permission, please direct all requests to Roy Hayhurst, Department Head, Denominational and Public Relations Services, by phone at (214) 720-2141, or by email


O.S. Hawkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of GuideStone Financial Resources.

O.S. Hawkins

President - Chief Executive Officer

O.S. Hawkins came to GuideStone Financial Resources in 1997 as president and chief executive officer. Prior to his tenure at GuideStone, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas (1993-1997) and pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for 15 years (1978-1993). Prior to these two pastorates, he served as pastor of two Oklahoma churches, First Baptist Church of Hobart (1972-1974) and First Baptist Church of Ada (1974-1978).

Hawkins, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, earned the Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in 1970. He is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Luther Rice Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He holds the Doctorate of Literature degree from Liberty University (Hon.) as well as several other honorary doctorate degrees from such universities as Dallas Baptist University, Southwest Baptist University and The Criswell College.

In addition to his role as GuideStone president and a long-time pastor, Hawkins is a noted author, having published more than 25 books throughout his ministry. Many of those books are available for free download at OSHawkins.com. His most recent books, The Daniel Code: Living Out Truth in a Culture That Is Losing Its Way, VIP: How to Influence with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose, The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles for Putting Your Faith into Action, The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know and The Pastor's Guide to Leading and Living, are available for sale through fine bookstores and online at Amazon.com. All proceeds and royalties from the sale of these books benefit the Mission:Dignity ministry.

During his pastoral ministry, Hawkins oversaw two of the Southern Baptist Convention's most noted churches. In Fort Lauderdale, Hawkins oversaw tremendous growth in the church due to outreach efforts within the church. He was named Clergyman of the Year by the Religious Heritage of America in 1993.

In 1993, he was called to pastor the 23,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, succeeding the legendary Dr. W.A. Criswell.

He has been married to his wife, Susie, since 1970, and they have two married daughters, Wendy and Holly; two sons-in-law, Brian and David; and six grandchildren.

You can follow him on Twitter @OSHawkins.

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John R. Jones, CFA, CLU

Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer

John Jones joined GuideStone Financial Resources in January 1989 and was elected senior vice president in February 1990. Following his tenure in the Investment Division, Mr. Jones was elected executive vice president and chief operating officer of GuideStone in February 1998.

Mr. Jones came to GuideStone from the position of Senior Vice President-Trust and head of the Institutional Trust Division for InterFirst Bank, currently Bank of America. He also had prior experience with a major life insurance company in the development, marketing and administration of employee benefit plans.

Mr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

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Kim Walthall, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Kim Walthall provides oversight to GuideStone’s Finance & Accounting, Actuarial and Information Technology areas. Ms. Walthall joined GuideStone Financial Resources' Finance and Accounting staff in 1995.

During her tenure, she has served in a variety of roles at GuideStone, including leading Insurance Operations and Insurance Product Development. She previously served as director of operations with responsibility for Retirement and Insurance Operations and oversaw Services and Operations, where she oversaw day-to-day service and quality initiatives.

Prior to joining GuideStone, Ms. Walthall spent a number of years in the insurance industry, primarily working in life and health insurance accounting. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ms. Walthall is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
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Mark Borchgardt, CPA

Chief Services & Operations Officer

Mark Borchgardt oversees day-to-day service, operations and quality initiatives at GuideStone Financial Resources. He provides leadership over the customer service teams and product management for GuideStone’s retirement and insurance lines of business.

Mr. Borchgardt joined GuideStone Financial Resources' Finance and Accounting staff in 1996. Since then, he has held different positions at GuideStone, including leading Financial Reporting, Retirement and Investment Product Development and Strategic Planning. He previously served as managing director of Retirement Services with responsibility for retirement operations and product management.

Prior to joining GuideStone, Mr. Borchgardt spent a number of years in the financial industry, primarily in public accounting and banking. He has earned both bachelor and master's degrees in business administration from Baylor University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Timothy E. Head

Executive Officer, Denominational & Public Relations Services

Tim Head provides oversight to the public relations activities for GuideStone Financial Resources and coordinates GuideStone’s relationships within all levels of Southern Baptist Life.

Dr. Head joined GuideStone in November 2010 after serving as a pastor, church planter and lawyer. Prior to joining GuideStone, Dr. Head served as senior pastor of Lighthouse Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He has been active in the local, state and national levels of the Southern Baptist Convention, including tenure as a trustee of GuideStone.

Dr. Head earned his bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Harold R. Loftin, Jr.

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Harold Loftin serves as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for GuideStone Financial Resources. Mr. Loftin joined GuideStone in September 2013 and has served as General Counsel since August 2014.

Prior to joining GuideStone, Mr. Loftin practiced law for over twenty-two years including eleven years as Trial Counsel for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He has an extensive background in civil trial law, civil appellate law and securities regulation.

Mr. Loftin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech from Houston Baptist University, a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the federal district courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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John T. Raymond

Chief Business & Marketing Officer

John Raymond joined GuideStone in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing multiple lines of business, including retirement plans, medical and ancillary insurance, property & casualty insurance, and investment solutions.

Mr. Raymond came to GuideStone after nearly 30 years in the banking industry, working in large money-center banks. His primary focus and roles related to National Director - Private Banking Wealth Management.

Mr. Raymond earned his BA from Wake Forest University, with a major in History and a minor in Speech and Communications.

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Donald A. Shepherd, CPA

Chief Administrative Officer

Donald Shepherd leads the Human Resources, Legal, Compliance, Facilities, and Training and Development areas at GuideStone Financial Resources. Mr. Shepherd joined GuideStone in October 2009, with primary responsibility for monitoring the compliance activities of the sub-advisers and for regulatory compliance reporting to the SEC.

Previously, he was an audit partner at Deloitte & Touche where he had been employed since 1984. His responsibilities included leading audit engagements for SEC-registered entities and advising companies regarding their accounting and financial reporting practices, as well as recommending improvements to their internal controls. His responsibilities also included various aspects of public accounting firm practice management, including leadership roles in recruiting and resource management.

Mr. Shepherd earned a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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David Spika, CFA

Chief Strategic Investment Officer

David Spika leads GuideStone Capital Management, LLC, including work associated with GuideStone Funds.

Mr. Spika joined GuideStone in May 2015 as the Global Investment Strategist, where he was responsible for coordinating the development of the firm’s macroeconomic vision, while also leading the asset allocation efforts for the GuideStone retirement strategies. Additionally, he participated in client-facing activities as well as interviews with CNBC and other media.

Before joining GuideStone, he served for 12 years as the senior vice president and Investment Strategist at Westwood Holdings Group. Prior to Westwood, he was with Bank of America and predecessor banks for 17 years, primarily as a portfolio manager and investment specialist.

Mr. Spika holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University. Mr. Spika is a CFA® charterholder and a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth.

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