CBF Foundation president announces retirement

By Jeff Huett

DECATUR, Ga. — After nearly eight years leading the CBF Foundation, James R. Smith has announced his retirement effective May 1 for family and health reasons, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees said today. Smith is currently on medical leave.

An ordained Baptist minister, Smith joined the CBF Foundation in October 2010 after serving as president and treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. Smith also previously served as executive vice president of the Oklahoma Baptist Foundation.

As the Foundation prepares for its future, Macon Sheppard, the Foundation’s Board Chair, will supervise the Foundation office.

Sheppard said the Foundation would continue to provide excellent service to present and future clients.

“The Board of Trustees is grateful to Jim Smith for his commitment to the Foundation and for the unprecedented growth the Foundation has experienced under his tenure,” Sheppard said. “We look forward to serving the needs of individuals, churches and ministry partners for the benefit of God’s Kingdom through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.”

The CBF Foundation offers account administration, investment and fund management, and endowment fund promotion services to churches and fellowship ministry partners. This includes a full range of investment options specifically designed for churches or ministry organizations. For individuals, the Foundation offers a way to express generosity and a desire to provide for the future of Fellowship missions and ministries. This includes establishing and administering a wide variety of planned gifts or endowments and sample bequest language.

For more information on the CBF Foundation, contact Ryan Berlin, Foundation Vice President, at or (770) 220-1663.

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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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