Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP®, President
Dr. Jerry Haag serves as president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington. He served from 1995 to 1997 as an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, where he was named the Mortar Board Top Professor in 1995 and 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he taught at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, before joining Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham as administrative pastor from 1998-2000. He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner. From 2000-2007, Dr. Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville.
In 2007, Dr. Haag joined the staff at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as the ninth president in the 110-year history of the Homes. During his tenure as president, he has led efforts that expanded the number of ministry sites from nine to 18 locations across Florida, launched a successful international childcare ministry to help children in countries around the world and established numerous partnerships with churches and nonprofit organizations. These efforts have increased the number of children and families served by more than 900 percent.
Dr. Haag has been appointed by both Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council, which serves as a formal policy council to the governor and the Florida legislature and is administered by the Governor’s Volunteer Florida Foundation. He currently chairs the Child Welfare Workgroup Subcommittee. Haag also serves as a member of the Citizen Review Panel for Florida Department of Children and Families which was formed as mandated by the Federal Child Abuse and Treatment Act of 1996.
In summer 2009, Dr. Haag was selected to participate in a special summer seminar in Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. The seminar focused on how beliefs, values and lifestyles affect economic and political developments worldwide, with special attention paid to the role of religion in world affairs. Participants for the seminar were selected from leaders in academia, government, religious institutions, media and nongovernmental organizations, both from the United States and foreign countries.
Dr. Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, child care and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He has preached in churches across Florida and Texas. He and his wife, Christi, also speak at marriage and family seminars.
Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise and has been honored several times for his business, professional and civic achievements. He was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus by the Baylor Alumni Association in 2005. He was named Baylor University’s Vice-President for University Development in 2011 where he served before returning as President of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.
Dr. Haag and his wife live in Lakeland, Florida, where Christi is a popular speaker with “Women of Purpose Speak.” They have two sons, Ben (Sophomore at Baylor) and Brady (High School Senior). They are members of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
To request Dr. Haag as a speaker contact:
Kim Bedwell, Assistant to the President
863-687-8811, ext. 211.