(Birmingham, AL) – The Coordinating Council of Alabama CBF voted unanimously on Thursday, November 8 to approve Rev. Terri Byrd, Associate Coordinator for ALCBF, as its fourth fulltime Coordinator effective December 1, 2013. Rev. Byrd has served as the organization’s Associate Coordinator for Congregational Life since November of 2009. She previously has served as a minister at various churches in the areas of worship leadership and student ministry. Most recently she also served as interim pastor of Crosscreek Baptist Church in Pelham, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from Mercer University and her Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Byrd will serve as the organization’s first female coordinator.
Rev. Byrd is married to Rev. Paul Byrd, a pediatric chaplain at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, and they have two children, Turner and Evann, both college students.
Dr. Gary Furr, moderator of the ALCBF coordinating council and chair of the search committee commented, “Terri believes in our mission, meets everyone as a friend and colleague, and has exhibited leadership skills during this interim time which give us confidence that she will do a wonderful job. My assessment is that Terri, with our support and voted confidence in her, will soar as a leader.”
Leigh Anne Armstrong, from Auburn First Baptist Church and a member both of the search committee and the coordinating council, added, “She is open to new ways of being church in our state and is not bound to ‘what worked’ in the past. Terri relates especially well with young folk – certainly an asset for our organization. I look forward to all of us taking a bold step into our future together along with Terri.”
Teresa Bowers, from Trinity Baptist Church in Madison, AL, reflects, “The state CBF Coordinator is a unique position that Terri not only feels prepared for, given her years of experience in Alabama CBF life, but also feels called to. She has a passion for helping ministers and congregations to unite in missions, ministries and fellowship. Terri’s sense of call to this particular type of ministry, her experience with all three past coordinators, her hard work and vision for Alabama CBF give me much hope for our continued faith journey together.”
“Terri is a strong leader with a clear vision, grown out of her relationship with and work within this organization under all three previous Coordinators. Her Christ-given calling to support churches and individual Christians – especially Baptists – by resourcing them from without makes her specifically suited for this work. Therefore, as a layperson within this state movement, I look forward to following her lead,” stated Allan Burton from Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, AL and co-director of Hope Manifest.
Joe W. McDade of Pintlala Baptist Church in Hope Hill, AL, said, “Terri brings unique experience and knowledge of Alabama CBF, its needs and her vision of what needs to be done in Alabama. I believe God has been preparing and equipping her for over ten years for this role at this time.”
“In my dealings with Alabama CBF, one factor has been consistent: Terri Byrd. She has proven herself to be capable of being our state coordinator time after time. She approaches the work of AL CBF with humility and a deep, specific sense of calling that has impressed me,“ concluded Chris Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Williams in Jacksonville, AL.
More information about Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can be found online at www.alabamacbf.org.