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Minett returns to local church, fundraising consultant joins CBF campaign

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September 8, 2015

By CBF Communications

DECATUR, Ga. — Bruce Minett, CBF’s Director of Development has announced that he will return to local church ministry starting later this month. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has selected Linda McNay, a respected fundraising expert, to provide counsel to CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and the CBF 25th anniversary campaign team. McNay will work alongside Jeff Huett, CBF’s associate coordinator of advancement and communications, campaign co-chairs Tim Norton and Laura Ann Vick, as well as dozens of volunteers from across the Fellowship to engage individuals, churches and partners in a fundraising effort to help celebrate CBF’s 25th anniversary in 2016-2017.

Minett, who, prior to joining the CBF staff in 2014, served as executive pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrolton, Ga., will join the staff of Covenant United Methodist Church in Greer, S.C., as executive pastor.

McNay serves as an independent fundraising consultant with Atlanta-based Our Fundraising Search, an organization that assists nonprofits with fundraising needs to help them have a lasting impact on those they serve. Over the past decade, McNay has served more than 100 clients, working in the nonprofit sector with higher and secondary education clients as well as arts and human service organizations.

Prior to her consulting work, McNay served as Chief Development Officer for the High Museum of Art, leading its efforts to raise $95 million to bring art from the Louvre and China to the Atlanta area. Other past positions include vice president of the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, executive director of the Emory Challenge Fund at Emory University and director of development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of “Fundraising for Schools: 8 Things Every Head of School Should Know About Fundraising” and is a popular speaker and presenter at fundraising workshops and conferences.

She received her doctorate in philosophy of higher education from Georgia State University, and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. McNay and her husband, Gary, have two grown sons.

Huett expressed appreciation for Minett’s contribution to the Fellowship.

“Bruce has led our development work with professionalism and skill,” Huett said. “I appreciate his contribution to the missions and ministries of the Fellowship, and I congratulate him on his decision to follow God’s call back to work in the local church.

“With Bruce’s transition, Linda is the right person to help guide our campaign, and I’m excited to have her as part of the team. She has demonstrated leadership and proven success and has great connections to CBF and its work.”

CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter expressed her excitement to have McNay join the 25th  anniversary team.

“We are excited to welcome Linda to work alongside us as we enter into this year of celebration for CBF,” Paynter said. Her guidance and expertise will ensure a seamless transition as Bruce follows his calling to local church ministry. We have great hopes for this time of celebration and great plans for extending the work of the Fellowship through this campaign, and we welcome Linda as she will guide us in meeting our goals.”

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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.

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