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Cooperative Baptists to celebrate women in leadership at General Assembly in Dallas (June 13-15)


May 23, 2018

Aaron Weaver,, (770) 220-1610

DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will host our annual General Assembly June 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, where we will celebrate women in leadership and explore our theme “Global Church. Local Church.”

Hear from women in key leadership roles in Cooperative Baptist life, including CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and CBF Moderator Shauw Chin Capps, as they share about the missions and ministries of the Fellowship in more than 20 countries around the world.

Also, the Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will preach during the closing worship service on June 15.

Additional key highlights include:

  • MeToo & #ChurchToo — Dr. Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, will facilitate two workshop discussions on these important movements and how Cooperative Baptists can work for change, speaking truth and caring for victims and releasing a new resource for congregations titled “Safe Churches and Ministers”
  • Advocacy from the Inside — Melissa Rogers, a senior fellow for the Brookings Institute and former Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will share her experiences and insights, offering suggestions for effective faith-based advocacy
  • Eye of the StormRev. Ellen Di Giosia, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Jefferson, City, Tenn., will share her congregation’s story and offer strategies and self-care for facing the media in the midst of a media storm
  • Migration, Gender & the Shape of the Baptist Future  Dr. Nora Lozano, a theologian and director of the Latina Leadership Institute at Baptist University of the Americas, will join a panel of fellow Baptist scholars to discuss the history and contributions of Latina/o Baptists in the United States
  • Leadership in Our Multicultural Context  Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and noted Baptist theologian, will share about particular challenges of leadership in our multicultural context and how theological education and churches can prepare for these new forms of community
  • Women’s Conferences: Bringing the Community Together Rev. Jane Lyon, founder of Whole Women’s Conference and a Virginia pastor, will reflect on how community partnerships can come together and create a substantive, life-changing conference experience for all women

Join Cooperative Baptists at the 2018 General Assembly in Dallas as we celebrate God’s work through the Church, both around the world and down the street — worshiping through song, Scripture and story; commissioning women and men as church starters, missionaries, chaplains and pastoral counselors; and celebrating women in leadership!

For a complete listing with dates/times of all events, workshops, and worship/business sessions, view the 2018 General Assembly Program Book here.

Additional information is available at

CBF General Assembly Media Credentials

Members of the media do not need to register for the CBF General Assembly. To apply for credentials, e-mail CBF Communications Director Aaron Weaver ( with your name and media outlet. Once you have been extended credentials, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with additional information.

Images and LiveStream

For media unable to attend, access to high-resolution images from the General Assembly and a Facebook livestream of all worship sessions will be available at

Thank you for your interest in the CBF General Assembly. Please e-mail Aaron Weaver ( or (770) 220-1610 with any questions that you might have.


The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 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. Learn more at

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