May 18, 2023
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will commission five new Global Missions personnel on June 30 as part of the closing Friday worship service of the 2023 General Assembly in Atlanta.
Jana Lee is being commissioned as a career CBF field personnel to work closely with a local entity, addressing the health needs of refugees in Larnaca, Cyprus. She will serve as part of CBF Global Missions’ Africa/Middle East Team. Stella Perrin will serve as a career CBF field personnel, working as a mental health educator and joining CBF Global Missions’ Europe Team.
Beverly Baker, William Baker and Delores Stimpson are commissioned to serve through the Global Service Corps (GSC) program. The Dick and Jesmarie Hurst Global Service Corps is a two-year commitment that provides an opportunity for graduates and post-career individuals to work alongside CBF field personnel and partners in a context that enables both giving and receiving of gifts and growing in their understanding and experience of how God is at work in the world.
The Bakers are currently serving alongside CBF field personnel Anna Anderson in Ahoskie, N.C., and Stimpson is ministering alongside CBF field personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt in Durham, N.C.
CBF Global Missions Coordinator offered a warm welcome to these new members of the CBF Global Missions team.
“Because ‘presence matters,’ CBF Global Missions is looking forward to God’s doings through our new CBF field personnel and GSCs,” Ayala said. “Each brings a unique professional background, gifts, and experiences that will guide them as they bear witness of Jesus Christ to those that will be blessed by them and transformed by the Holy Spirit. We welcome them to Global Missions and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at large.”
Read below to learn more about these new Global Missions personnel. You are invited to attend the 2023 CBF General Assembly in Atlanta and be present for the service of commissioning. Register today at www.cbf.net/assembly.
Jana Lee is a long-term Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel appointed to serve in Larnaca, Cyprus, where she will work closely with All4Aid, a CBF Global Missions collaborator organization, and be part of the Africa/Middle East Team. Lee has roots in South Dakota and Texas and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas and her Master of Public Health in Global/International Health from the University of Arizona. She has previously worked with global organizations such as UNICEF and the Peace Corps.
After living in Madagascar for three years, Lee felt a shift in her passion and goals and was drawn to CBF Global Missions. She has deep expertise in health education, HIV prevention and water and sanitation health (WASH). She will serve as a health educator in Larnaca, where she will strengthen the capacity of a local organization and work with local leaders to address the health needs of refugees.
Stella Perrin is a long-term Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel appointed to serve in Larnaca, Cyprus, as a mental health educator and as part of CBF’s Europe Team. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, where she earned degrees in psychology, counseling, and a Master of Divinity.
While serving as the associate pastor at Emerald Isle Baptist Church (N.C.) from 2018-2020, Perrin began a journey of discernment with CBF Global Missions. She has previously served in short-term mission experiences in Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Belize, Guatemala and Moldova. Perrin brings a wealth of experience in education as a school counselor and as a Minister of Spiritual Formation. As a mental health educator in Cyprus, she will work to build relationships with those in need and help them to know their loving Creator through the person of Christ.
Beverly and William Baker
Beverly and William Baker are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving through the Global Service Corps (GSC) program alongside CBF field personnel Anna Anderson and her husband, LaCount, in Ahoskie, North Carolina.
The Bakers were called into career mission service in their 40s. After 20 years of service in the Pacific Rim, they returned to the United States and were drawn to local missions. They serve at the Roanoke-Chowan Christian Women’s Job Corps, a group of professional and retired women working to empower women by providing resources to help them move from dependency to self-sufficiency.
Delores Stimpson is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving through the Global Service Corps (GSC) program alongside CBF field personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt and with Temple Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina.
Stimpson’s long-time career focus was managing large technology programs for Fortune 500 companies. After surviving the 9/11 terrorist attack on the North Tower in New York City, Stimpson felt led to missions. Most recently, Stimpson partnered with the Wyatts to start a Welcome House in Durham for newly arrived refugees.
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.