July 27, 2015
By Carrie McGuffin
DECATUR, Ga. — Rob Fox, field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, will join the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond staff as vice president of institutional advancement, effective September 1.
Fox has served as field coordinator with CBF of Virginia since 2009, after previously serving as director of admissions at BTSR from 2001 to 2006 and as director of the Ministry Fund at Union Presbyterian Seminary from 2006 to 2009.
This move back to BTSR is a transition home for Fox, who has felt God’s Spirit moving him in times of transition.
“When I was invited to serve as field coordinator with CBF VA in 2009, I clearly felt the call of God upon my transition,” Fox said. “Serving with CBF leaders and churches has been one of the greatest joys and honors of my professional life. Together we have re-imagined a CBF Virginia that brings ministry value to churches and focuses squarely upon God’s mission.
“Now, I sense the same Spirit of God calling me back to serve BTSR, and it feels like coming home. This new call will allow me to remain connected and engaged within our Baptist family. BTSR has turned a corner, and together we are poised to build an exciting future.”
Fox’s departure comes with both sadness and celebration as CBF leaders reflect on his work throughout CBF.
“Rob Fox has been a valuable part of our field coordinator strategy from the beginning,” said Bo Prosser, CBF coordinator of organizational relationships. “Rob is a visionary with great energy. His ideas have sparked CBF of Virginia to think beyond itself to neighbors down the road and around the world. I am grateful for his creative spirit and his willingness to both dream and implement. He has been a wonderful colleague and leader within our Movement Leadership Team, with CBF Global activities and especially with CBF of Virginia.”
This energy and visioning for the Fellowship continues as Fox prepares to assume his role with BTSR as he dreams of new ways that the school can partner with CBF and the promise of things that the two organizations can do collaboratively.
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter welcomes this continued connection and collaboration.
“Rob has had such a great impact on CBF life through his role as CBF’s field coordinator in Virginia,” Paynter said. “His innovative leadership in Virginia and among his fellow CBF state and regional leaders has helped all of the Fellowship form together to share Christ-like love in ministry that spans the globe. We’re proud of our partnership with BTSR and pleased that we’ll be able to continue our collaboration with Rob in his new role in Baptist life.”
This new role is greatly celebrated as Fox returns to BTSR as the school grows in strength and vitality.
“I am very excited about Rob joining BTSR’s administrative team,” said Ron Crawford, president of BTSR. “He is uniquely gifted for this role, and we look forward to a new and exciting chapter in the seminary’s advancement efforts. Rob’s employment coincides with the growing health and strength of the seminary.”
During the transition, CBF of Virginia has announced that David E. Roberts of Emporia, Va., will begin serving as interim coordinator this fall while it conducts a search for the next field coordinator.
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.