June 1, 2016
By Carrie McGuffin
DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has selected Alan Williams, a retired emergency management and E911 systems administrator, as its new U.S. Disaster Response Director.
Williams, a native of Georgia who now resides in Beaufort, S.C., began his work with CBF on May 1. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force and as an emergency management and E911 systems administrator for Beaufort County. Williams recently retired from a position with Savannah Communications and has also served as disaster response coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina.
A former Eagle Scout, Williams has a passion for disaster preparedness, values the importance of education and enjoys working alongside congregations as well as Baptist and other faith groups.
“I am very excited to be a part of the CBF team that will continue to respond to the disaster needs of our Fellowship and others in affected communities,” Williams said. “Supporting the ever-changing face of disaster and emergency response with CBF in the next 25 years will be challenging. I am looking forward to working closely with state and regional disaster response leaders who share a common passion for emergency preparedness education and action.”
Williams aims to offer innovative ideas as CBF Disaster Response prepares to heighten its focus on educating individuals and churches on both disaster preparedness and disaster response and providing resources to pastors and lay leaders to equip the Fellowship to effectively respond in emergency situations.
Ron Fairley, CBF’s associate coordinator of projects and services, expressed his excitement to have Williams step into this position.
“I am excited to have Alan on board in this important role in our Fellowship,” Fairley said. “His experience in disaster preparedness and emergency management will serve CBF well as we look toward the future.”
Williams and his wife, Melanie, are members of The Baptist Church of Beaufort, where she serves as minister of worship arts.
The 2016 CBF General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C., will feature a June 23 breakfast event to meet and greet Williams and offer an opportunity for networking among congregations and individuals interested in disaster response.
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.