By Jeff Huett
New shifts and promotions in personnel announced June 12 will align the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with recently adopted organizational changes, said Suzii Paynter, the group’s executive coordinator.
“These shifts are an important part of CBF living into the 2012 Task Force’s call for us to be ever more nimble, responsive and engaging in our relationships with people, churches and partners,” Paynter said. “CBF is stocked with great leaders making a valuable impact. I’m pleased to announce these changes that make our internal and external operations even better.”
The changes, which are effective July 1, include:
• Bo Prosser, coordinator of ministries for the past 12 years, who will shift into a new role as coordinator of organizational relationships.
• Ron Fairley, currently the CBF’s director of information technology, who will be promoted to associate coordinator of projects and services.
• Ruth Perkins Lee, who will be promoted to director of ministries.
Prosser’s primary focus will shift to Fellowship identity. He will lead efforts in deepening relationships with CBF churches, individuals and partners and developing new relationships. Additionally, he will be tasked with identifying leaders within the Fellowship and increasing their leadership potential.
Fairley will use his project management background, previously with entities such as Progress Energy and Habitat for Humanity, to work with CBF departments to improve processes and systems. His roles will include leading the human resource and informational technology functions of the Fellowship.
Lee will continue to handle administrative demands of the CBF’s ministries endeavors. Additionally, she will provide leadership to the reference and referral service, which assists minister search committees and candidates seeking new places of service.
The ministries division will now be led by a three-person leadership team consisting of Stephen Reeves, who leads partnerships and advocacy work; Harry Rowland, who coordinates the resourcing of CBF churches, new church starting efforts and the Dawnings initiative; and Lee.