June 12, 2014
By Jeff Huett
DECATUR, Ga. – To further align the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with the organizational changes adopted at the General Assembly last June, CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter has announced personnel shifts and promotions in the Decatur, Ga., staff effective July 1.
These moves will continue to strengthen organizational efficiency and effectiveness to all sectors of CBF’s missions and ministries.
Bo Prosser, the Coordinator of Ministries for the past 12 years, will shift into a new role of Coordinator of Organizational Relationships. Ron Fairley, currently CBF’s Director of Information Technology, will be promoted to the role of Associate Coordinator of Projects and Services. Ruth Perkins Lee will be promoted to the role of Director of Ministries.
“These shifts are an important part of CBF living into the 2012 Task Force’s call for us to be ever more nimble, responsive and engaging in our relationships with people, churches and partners,” Paynter said. “CBF is stocked with great leaders making a valuable impact. I’m pleased to announce these changes that make our internal and external operations even better.”
Prosser’s primary focus will shift to Fellowship identity. He will lead efforts in deepening relationships with CBF churches, individuals and partners and discovering new relationships. Additionally, he will be tasked with identifying leaders within the Fellowship and increasing their leadership potential.
“I’m excited about a new role and new challenges within my work,” Prosser said. “I’m thrilled to be focusing on the identity piece of our Fellowship, working across the Fellowship initiatives to deepen relationships and collaborative efforts.”
Fairley will use his project management background, previously with entities such as Progress Energy and Habitat for Humanity, to work with CBF departments to improve processes and systems. His roles will include leading the Human Resource and Informational Technology functions of the Fellowship.
“I look forward to helping bring CBF staff and partners together on projects that will create greater collaboration throughout the Fellowship,” Fairley said. “As CBF closes in on its 25th anniversary in the next couple of years, I am excited to facilitate the establishment of processes that will serve CBF well for the next 25.”
Jeff Huett, CBF’s Associate Coordinator for Communications and Advancement, said Fairley is a great fit for this role.
“In his current work, Ron has shown a keen ability to create processes that improve the effectiveness of our efforts,” Huett said. “He understands the big picture and that is vital to taking CBF to the next level of efficiency and impact.”
Lee will continue to handle the many administrative demands of CBF’s ministries endeavours. Additionally, she will provide leadership to the reference and referral service, which assists minister search committees and candidates seeking new places of service. The Ministries division will now be led by a three-person leadership team consisting of Stephen Reeves, who leads the Partnerships and Advocacy work; Harry Rowland, who leads the resourcing of CBF churches, new church starting efforts and the Dawnings initiative; and Lee.
“It is time for a shift in the ministries area and my three colleagues are more than ready to lead,” Prosser said. “Their energy and expertise will bring new energy into ministries and move us into exciting new realms of ministry support, advocacy, new work, renewal and partnerships.”
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.