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Stephen Reeves to lead CBF Advocacy and Partnership efforts

September 13, 2013

ImageDECATUR, Ga.  — Stephen Reeves has been named the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s associate coordinator for Advocacy and Partnerships.

Reeves will lead advocacy efforts on issues related to the organization’s eight mission communities. Mission Communities are areas through which CBF engages individuals, field personnel, churches and ministry partners. The communities include Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, Justice and Peacemaking, Church Starts and Faith Sharing, Internationals, Disaster Response, and Poverty and Transformation.

Reeves will also lead the engagement and development of CBF partnerships and will work with CBF’s new Ministries and Missions councils, as well as state and regional CBF bodies.

Currently, Reeves serves as the Director of Public Policy for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. He directs the work of the Citizenship and Public Policy office in Austin, where he advocates for moral and ethical public policies in the Texas Legislature, educates church members about current policy issues and encourages participation by Texas Baptists in the political process.

He is a native of Austin, a member of the State Bar of Texas. He has degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tech University School of Law. He is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Austin and serves on the national Board of Directors for Stop Predatory Gambling and Christians for Environmental Stewardship.

Reeves said he is excited about the opportunity to serve Cooperative Baptists across the country.

“I look forward to working with CBF constituents, congregations and partners to create new sources for collaboration and to develop a voice of advocacy to speak to the pressing issues of our day,” Reeves said.

CBF executive coordinator Suzii Paynter said Reeves is an essential addition to the CBF Leadership Team and addresses a suggestion of the Ministries Council at its meeting this month that CBF focus more on partnerships.

“Stephen is the right person at the right time to lead this vital effort,” Paynter said. “He has a record of bringing people together around important issues and making a difference that improves lives.”

Before joining the CLC, Reeves served as staff attorney for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. He is married to the Rev. Deborah Gaddis Reeves of Boiling Springs, N.C., who serves as a CBF-endorsed chaplain for Hospice Austin.

CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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