By Jeff Huett
DECATUR, Ga. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter lauded the selection of Dr. Gus Reyes as her successor as director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission on Monday.
Reyes currently serves as the Director of the Hispanic Education Initiative/Affinity Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
The Christian Life Commission is the ethics and advocacy center for Texas Baptists, providing biblically based insight and equipping individuals and churches for principled living.
Paynter said Reyes is a great leader and his strengths are an excellent fit for such a vital role in Baptist life.
“I count it a blessing to call Gus Reyes a friend and co-laborer in creating partnerships of individuals, churches and organizations to improve lives,” Paynter said. “Gus’ record of success is impressive and his commitment to Texas Baptists is unmatched.”
Paynter served as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and director of the Advocacy Care Center of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) from 2001 to 2012. She directed all public policy initiatives for state and federal issues and formed relationships with other religious bodies. In addition, she oversaw church outreach, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, community care ministries of restorative justice, anti-human trafficking, hunger and poverty, healthcare ministries, the Texas Baptist chaplaincy program and Texas Baptist counseling services.
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.