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CBF names Janney to lead Reference and Referral work

April 14, 2015

By Carrie McGuffin

DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has named a minister with a background in university and local church settings to head its Congregational Reference and Referral work.
Craig Janney
Craig Janney, as CBF’s Congregational Reference and Referral Specialist, will connect churches with individuals seeking ministry positions throughout the Fellowship and equip search committees with resources for filling positions within their church staff.

Janney comes to CBF from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., where he served for the past eight years in the student affairs, enrollment management and academic affairs departments.

After graduating from Chowan, Janney completed a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Studies from the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, N.C. In 2009 he was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, N.C. From 2010 to 2015, Janney served as pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Seaboard, N.C.

The Reference and Referral Specialist position was formerly held by Clarissa Strickland, who retired last summer but continued her work of connecting individuals with churches on a contract basis throughout the search to fill the position.

Strickland has served with CBF since 1991, taking on her role with CBF’s Reference and Referral program in 2002. Through her dedicated ministry, many Baptist leaders have found their first ministries or ministry homes.

Janney joins the CBF staff at an exciting time for the Reference and Referral program, as the Ministries team seeks to deepen and widen the ministry for which Strickland laid the foundation.

“Having the opportunity to train under Clarissa Strickland is a tremendous blessing,” Janney said. “The work she has done for CBF churches is utterly profound. Being called to continue her work and expand the ministry of Reference and Referral is truly an honor.”

Along with the LeaderConnect system, which helps with leadership matching for churches and applicants, the vision for Reference and Referral is to create and provide a wealth of resources for church search committees, recent graduates, individuals seeking church positions and those looking to employ all church positions.

CBF Director of Ministries Ruth Perkins Lee emphasized the importance of expanding this program of CBF to provide the most benefit to churches.

“The hiring of a minister is an important time in the life of a church,” Perkins Lee said. “CBF is in a unique position to serve as a resource to both the church and the candidate before, during and after the search process.”

Perkins Lee noted that Janney’s background in both the university and local church will bring a new perspective to the Reference and Referral program and the Ministries team.

“As a church member and as a staff member, Craig knows the value of a healthy search process that leads to a healthy relationship between a church and a staff member,” Perkins Lee said. “Craig’s experience, passion and commitment to collaboration will make him a great asset to the CBF staff and Ministries team.”

Janney shared his excitement to serve CBF congregations and individuals through the work of leadership matching.

“I am looking forward to developing and nurturing relationships with our congregations and clergy. Forming together with the growing network of Cooperative Baptists is important Kingdom Work. The opportunity to outfit our churches with our ministers sustains the future of the Fellowship as we partner in renewing God’s world.”

To learn more about LeaderConnect and CBF’s Reference and Referral program, visit


CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

One thought on “CBF names Janney to lead Reference and Referral work

  1. Following MOTHER CLARISSA, the life timer we all looked to as if she was a MINISTER OF EVERYTHING could be a bit intimidating, big shoes to fill! Those of us who have served with her from our CBF birthing know there will be no greater support, encouragement than that offered by Clarissa. I have applauded my Sister Servant often for her servant heart and her God Gift of humor, today I give thanks again for her faithful leadership. And now I Celebrate the new, young leader Called to take up the load and carry on. Welcome Craig to the leadership/fellowship of our CBF family. As a voice of Laity in our yesterdays it is my happy blessing to join laity around the globe in prayers for you, we are the people in the pews who undergird our Called, equipped new families as they lead us into deep, new waters to be His hands, His feet, His voice. May the Father walk before you and smooth your way. My shoulder is soft and seasoned if you need a friend, HMM

    Helen Moore-Montgomery

    Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:54:05 +0000 To:

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