CBF Foundation Board announces Skeen as interim


July 9, 2018

By Jeff Huett


Gary Skeen

DECATUR, Ga. — Fresh off his June 30 retirement as head of CBF Church Benefits, Gary Skeen has been named the interim president of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation, the Foundation Board announced today.

Skeen has started his work as interim, succeeding James R. Smith, who retired in May after leading the Foundation since October 2010.

Skeen led Church Benefits for 17 years and has a long history with the Fellowship spanning three decades. From 1994 to 2000, Skeen served as CBF’s chief financial officer until being selected to lead Church Benefits, then called the Church Benefits Board. As CBF’s chief financial officer, Skeen handled all aspects of CBF’s finance department including accounting, contribution and expense processing and budget development. He has also previously served as interim president of the Foundation.

Macon Sheppard, the Foundation’s Board Chair, expressed his appreciation for Skeen.

“We have always considered Gary to be part of the Foundation family with his previous service as interim and with his being awarded the Foundations 2018 Award of Excellence at General Assembly in June,” Sheppard said. “We are pleased that during this interim period we can have leadership with the level of expertise and dedication that Gary brings. We are grateful that he has allowed us to infringe on his well-deserved retirement from CBF Church Benefits.”

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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