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N.C. pastor nominated as CBF Moderator-Elect, Committee recommends nominees to fill out governance

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May 27, 2014

By Emily Holladay

DECATUR, Ga. – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Nominating Committee has made recommendations to fill the remaining slots on the councils and boards that comprise CBF governance and recommended North Carolina pastor Matt Cook to serve as the Fellowship’s next Moderator-Elect.

Matt Cook

Matt Cook

Cook, who serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C., is a current CBF Governing Board member and Advancement Committee member. A graduate of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Cook would be only the second CBF Moderator to have graduated from a CBF partner school.

Cook’s deep roots in CBF life and his innovative leadership style make him uniquely suited to lead CBF as the Fellowship approaches its 25th anniversary, said Valerie Burton, minister of spiritual formation at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala., who chairs the Nominating Committee.

“The Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend Matt Cook to be the Moderator-Elect,” Burton said. “It is exciting to see a young leader take on this role at this point in our Fellowship’s development. With pastoral experience spanning from Texas to Arkansas to North Carolina, Matt has innovatively led his congregations in their support of CBF field personnel and global concerns. Matt will lend his enthusiasm and vision to the staff, board and the Fellowship in ways that are genuine and contagious.”

As Moderator-Elect, Cook hopes to continue to grow CBF’s missional engagement through collaboration with the many gifted people and organizations that make up the Fellowship.

“I’m humbled and honored to be nominated as Moderator-Elect of CBF,” Cook said. “I became involved in the Fellowship because it was a community of Christians that held a set of values that mattered deeply to me. I’ve stayed involved, however, because of the growing missional focus of our movement.

“We live in a challenging and dynamic time to be Christian, and so I want to learn from and work alongside smart, kingdom-focused people. I know that the Fellowship is filled with people like that, and so the steps we’re taking organizationally to draw that creativity and ability together energizes me.”

The Nominating Committee also announced additional recommendations to fill out CBF’s governance structure. The committee presented four names to serve on the Governing Board, 17 to serve on the Ministries Council and 11 to serve on the Missions Council. These nominations fill slates left open due to the 2012 Task Force Implementation Team’s recommendation to operate with small committees for one year to organize its structure.

“After meeting with CBF staff and leaders to learn as much as we could about the work, we were not only determined to achieve a diverse group of nominees overall, but to fill these councils and boards with innovative thinkers and hard workers who possess gifts of service and a passion for those we serve,” Burton said. “We have enjoyed introducing the new leadership structure as presented in the 2012 Task Force Report to each nominee we contacted. It has been motivating and exciting to invite folks to help shape this new day in the life of the Fellowship.”

The Nominating Committee’s recommendations will be presented for approval at the CBF General Assembly in Atlanta, Ga., on June 27. Kasey Jones, pastor of National Baptist Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., will assume the role of Moderator at the conclusion of the General Assembly. CBF Moderator Bill McConnell, a businessman and lay leader from Knoxville, Tenn., will become the Past Moderator and will serve as an ex-officio member of the Nominating Committee.

“As we finish Suzii Paynter’s first full year as Executive Coordinator, we can say that we have completed the reorganization started by the 2012 Task Force four years ago,” McConnell said. “I am extremely optimistic about the future of CBF, and I am certain that God is leading us toward new places of service. The Nominating Committee has done an outstanding job in choosing the new Ministries and Missions councils, and we will soon see good results of the collaboration between the Decatur staff and these councils.”

The full list of 2014-2015 Governing Board, Ministries Council and Missions Council leaders are listed below with the Nominating Committee’s recommendations in italics.


  • Kasey Jones, Moderator; Senior Pastor, National Baptist Memorial Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Bill McConnell, Immediate Past Moderator; Partner, Rogers & Morgan Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Matt Cook, Moderator-Elect, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Jason Coker, Recorder, Pastor, Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, Conn.(current Recorder nominated to an additional term by the Governing Board)


  • Kasey Jones, Moderator; Senior Pastor, National Baptist Memorial Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Gary Dollar, Partner, EMD Consulting Group, Edwardsville, Ill.
  • Doug Dortch, Senior Minister, Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Wayne Patterson, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  • Camille Allen Snyder, Recruiting Director, Allen Financial Group, Jackson, Miss.
  • Steve Wells, Pastor, South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  • Jean Willingham, Realtor, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Patricia Wilson, Professor of Law, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Joy Yee, Pastor, Nineteenth Ave Baptist Church, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Paul Baxley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Athens, Ga.(current Governing Board Member nominated to an additional term)
  • Daniel Carro, Professor of Divinity, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Falls Church, Va.(current Governing Board Member nominated to an additional term)
  • Charles Fuller, Minister of Congregational Life/Administration, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Steve Little, Attorney, Little and Lattimore P. A., Marion, N.C.


  • Michael Cheuk, Chair; Senior Minister, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Emily Hull-McGee, Chair-Elect; Minister to Young Adults, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
  • Leta Tillman, Staff, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.
  • Tommy Bratton, Minister of Christian Formation, First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C.
  • Greg Dover, Associate Pastor, Earle Street Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C.
  • Leonard Ezell, Pastor, Northwest Baptist Church, Ardmore, Okla.
  • Jillian Farmer, Minister to Youth, Kirkwood Baptist Church, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Dixie Ford, Minister of Worship and Families, Crosscreek Baptist Church, Pelham, Ala.
  • Exter Hardy, Pastor, Pole Line Road Baptist, Davis, Calif.
  • Cynthia Insko, Children’s Minister, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky.
  • Shaun King, Pastor, Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Griff Martin, Co-Pastor, University Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Christina Perkins, Associate Pastor, University Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.
  • Thomas Quisenberry, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Brittany Riddle, Minister to Adults, Vinton Baptist Church, Vinton, Va.
  • Bob Searl, Pastor, North Stuart Baptist Church, N. Stuart, Fla.
  • Paul Soley, Vice President, Real Estate Services, Dwellworks Property Advisors LLC, Wilton, Conn.
  • Kat Spangler, Associate Pastor, University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Chester Thompson, Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Camden, Ark.
  • Cindy Wallace, Chaplain, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Carpentersville, Ill.


  • Mike Oliver, Chair; Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Madison, Ala.
  • Mimi Walker, Past Chair; Pastor, Druid Hills Baptist, Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Alice Mull, Retired, Secondary English Teacher, Elizabethtown, Ky.
  • Alan Sherouse, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Allan Clark, Retired, First Baptist Church, Leland, Miss.
  • Christy Edwards, Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo.
  • Frances Ford, Executive Director for Sowing Seeds of Hope, Perry County, Ala.
  • Beverly Greer, Retired, Belton, S.C.
  • Daniel Johnson, Associate Minister of Students and Missions, Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Rickey Letson, Senior Pastor, FBC Laurens, Laurens, S.C.
  • Jeremy Lewis, Group Facilitation in Urban Agriculture, Clarkston Development Foundation, Clarkston, Ga.
  • Caleb Oladipo, Professor of Christian Mission, Baptist Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va.
  • Ruben Ortiz, Pastor, Primera Iglesia Hispana de Deltona, Deltona, Fla.
  • Alan Rudnick, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
  • Amy Wilkins, Missions Minister, Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, Texas



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.

8 thoughts on “N.C. pastor nominated as CBF Moderator-Elect, Committee recommends nominees to fill out governance

  1. I VOTE YES, I can hardly wait to arrive in Atlanta to hug their necks and whisper a prayer for their good work. The Fellowship blessed with diverse leaders, Clergy/Laity, Young/Aged, equipped and Called is moving forward sharing the Story, learning to love unconditionally as The Feet, The Hands, The Heart of Christ. May we step boldly into the deep waters that are left unstirred by the Christ Community, may we walk where Jesus walked and find joy in the journey. May “Unto the least of these” be the prayer in our hearts, the song we sing together, WE ARE THE FELLOWSHIP! To Matt Cook, I dreamed a dream in the yesterdays when we served, you the young champion leader, I the little old lady in tennis shoes loving students. Today as I read the news of your nomination I danced with Joy, dreams do come true. On the dark days remember burdens are lifted at Calvary, go often to that sacred place, on the days when sun shines on your walk remember to give thanks, and always TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES! WOVEN TOGETHER, Helen

    Helen Moore-Montgomery

    Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 18:56:03 +0000 To:

  2. Might want to check the line about his being the first to graduate from a CBF partner seminary. I believe Christy McMillian-Goodwin graduated from BTSR.

  3. We look forward to voting for these excellent nominees. Congratulations to the Nominating Committee.

  4. Pingback: Blog Update: Assembly to vote June 27 on Governing Board and Nominating Committee recommendations | Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Blog

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