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Church Benefits Board President Gary Skeen to lead CBF’s Finance Team in interim role

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June 18, 2014

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter has announced that longtime CBF leader and Church Benefits Board President Gary Skeen will serve as Interim Director of Finance and Controller for CBF. Skeen will take on this interim role following the departure of Finance Director and Controller Larry Hurst, who after 13 years of service to CBF, has taken another position.

Skeen, who has led CBB, the Fellowship’s financial ministry for the past 14 years, has a long history with CBF spanning three decades. From 1994 to 2000, Skeen served as CBF’s chief financial officer until being selected to lead CBB, which manages the retirement plans and other benefits for CBF staff, field personnel and churches nationwide. As CBF’s chief financial officer, Skeen handled all aspects of CBF’s finance department including accounting, contribution and expense processing and budget development.

Skeen expressed his confidence in the current Finance Team and stated his eagerness to continue working alongside Paynter and other CBF leaders during this interim period.

Gary Skeen

Gary Skeen

“I have great confidence in the current Finance Team and with the knowledge of our Assistant Controller, Adam Stovall, I’m certain we will move forward without interruption,” Skeen said. “I stand ready to assist Suzii Paynter and the CBF Leadership Team to position finance and accounting for the benefit of all.”

Skeen will lead a strong and experienced Finance Team. Since joining CBF in 2012, Assistant Controller Adam Stovall has been responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting functions and ensuring accurate and reliable data necessary for business operations. Stovall, a two-time graduate of Georgia Southern University (Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy), came to CBF from a community bank in Jonesboro, Ga., where he was chief financial officer for nine years.

Stovall also emphasized the extensive experience of the CBF Finance Team.

“The CBF Finance Team remains strong and will continue to operate like business as usual,” Stovall said. “My own experience, combined with that of Jamie Strom, Deidra Sullivan, Luzzola Hunt, Tawanda Hughes and Alysia Pennington will serve the organization well during this transition. Together, we will continue to support the advancement of the Fellowship’s goals and mission.”

Alysia Pennington, CBF’s Accounting Manager, joined the CBF staff in January 2014 and has more than a decade of accounting experience working for various nonprofit organizations. Pennington expressed her excitement to be part of the Finance Team with Skeen and Stovall.

“I feel so blessed to be a part of the Fellowship family and be part of an organization that is making such a great impact all around the world,” Pennington said. “We have a great Finance Team, and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.”

Skeen will begin his interim role with CBF on June 23 while continuing his duties as CBB President.


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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