Stephanie Vance is a CBF field personnel newly commissioned to serve as CBF Global Missions Area Coordinator for Mission Teams for the Rural Americas Team — those field personnel serving through Together for Hope and in rural communities of North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. She also serves as the manager of Together for Hope.
An Alabama native, Vance transitions to this role with a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of South Alabama, and having received her M. Div. from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, Va. Since 2010, she has walked alongside communities and practitioners of Together for Hope, CBF’s rural development coalition.
What excites you most about beginning your new role as ACMT of the Rural Americas Team?
I look forward to using my gifts and experience as I accompany field personnel in rural work. I am looking forward to following God’s guidance in partnering to renew rural communities.
How have you felt most encouraged throughout the transition process?
I’m encouraged by the faith that CBF has placed in my calling and my ability to do this work. I’m encouraged by colleagues and field personnel who have helped me to learn more about their work and my new role.
What biblical passage or image connects most with your calling to missions?
I love the image of Jesus gathering the apostles with their gifts and experience and asking them to follow and work with him. Imagine being hard at work and Jesus sees you for who are and who you will be. It’s a beautiful image.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy working on family trees, reading, spending time with family and friends and working on my house.
How can Cooperative Baptists pray for you?
Cooperative Baptists can pray for this transition as I continue to learn my new role. Pray for those working now in the rural Americas and for the future of rural communities in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.