On Thursday, February 28, the Texas House of Representatives honored new CBF executive coordinator Suzii Paynter with a resolution.
Watch the presentation from Rep. Rafael Anchia:
The text of the resolution, H.R. No. 587, is below:
WHEREAS, Suzii Paynter is retiring from the Baptist General Convention of Texas on March 1, 2013, following distinguished tenures as director of the Christian Life Commission and the Advocacy and Care Center; and
WHEREAS, Ms. Paynter joined the Christian Life Commission as director of public policy in 2001; she became director of the commission in 2006 and director of the Advocacy and Care Center in 2011; as head of the CLC, she has led efforts to address a wide range of concerns: from food policy, hunger, and child and maternal nutrition to life issues, foster care, juvenile justice, predatory gambling, predatory lending practices, immigration, human trafficking, education, and energy; she has also overseen such far-reaching programs as the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which funds hundreds of hunger-relief projects both in Texas and around the world, and chaplaincy relations, which involves the works of 700 chaplains serving in the Advocacy and Care Center; and
WHEREAS, In addition to her work with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Ms. Paynter has been involved in interfaith efforts to shape public policy through her membership in the Bread for the World steering committee, her participation in the Evangelical Environmental Network, and her affiliation with the Religion and Foreign Policy network of the Council on Foreign Relations; and
WHEREAS, Before joining the BGCT, Ms. Paynter was engaged in promoting literacy for 25 years in a number of professional capacities, including as a literacy coordinator in the public schools, as a consultant, and as an educational publishing executive; and
WHEREAS, The recipient of many well-deserved accolades, this esteemed Texan has been honored by the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, the Baptist Center for Ethics, the Criminal Justice Coalition, the AARP, the Sierra Club, Samaritan Counseling Centers, and Texans Standing Tall; in 2012, Dallas Baptist University conferred on her an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree; and
WHEREAS, Suzii Paynter has brought deeply caring, committed, and energetic leadership to bear on issues crucial to the well-being of all Texans, and her exceptional efforts will continue to resonate throughout the Lone Star State for years to come; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas Legislature hereby commend Suzii Paynter for her exemplary service with the Christian Life Commission and the Advocacy and Care Center of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued success in all of her endeavors; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Ms. Paynter as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.