June 27, 2018
DECATUR — Kyle Kelley will serve as the new coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Louisiana following the retirement of Mike Massar earlier this summer. The news was shared with representatives from the CBF state organization during the 2018 General Assembly in Dallas.
Kelley is Chair of Elders at Church for the Highlands in Shreveport, La., where he also serves as the volunteer minister to youth. After studying theology at Southern Seminary (1979-81), he completed his Master of Social Work degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1984. He retired in December of 2017 after 36 years as a clinical social worker in the fields of mental health and education.
Kelley has long been active within the life of CBF of Louisiana, serving in numerous roles. He has edited the state newsletter since 2004, and served as Associate Coordinator and Communications Coordinator.
He also oversaw the expansion of the Together for Hope initiative in Louisiana, and was Interim Coordinator before Massar assumed the role in 2015. Kyle is married to Charlene Kelley, a former Moderator for CBF of Louisiana and has two adult daughters, Frances and Sarah.
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter expressed her excitement for the continued work of CBF of Louisiana and Together for Hope as the state leadership shifts from Massar to Kelley.
“Kyle has been a dedicated partner in Together for Hope ministries and the life of CBF of Louisiana over many years,” Paynter said. “I look forward to our continued work with Louisiana churches and many partnering churches across CBF that have been partners with Together for Hope in the Delta Region as Kyle takes the lead.”
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.