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.