Capps selected by joint committee to lead CBF Foundation, CBF Legacy Gifts
By Jeff Huett
A search committee made up of representatives of both the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the CBF Foundation has selected a nonprofit executive, fundraiser and leader in CBF life to fill a joint position of Foundation President and Chief Legacy Gifts Officer for CBF.
After a nationwide search, Shauw Chin Capps has been unanimously selected to fill the joint position. She will begin her work as President of the CBF Foundation/Chief Legacy Gifts Officer for CBF in March.
Prior to starting her most recent position at an Atlanta-based retained executive search firm, CarterBaldwin, recruiting nonprofit executives for global nonprofit organizations, Capps was CEO of Hopeful Horizons, a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center in Beaufort, S.C. Under her leadership, Hopeful Horizons expanded its scale, profile and effectiveness with successful fundraising and financial stewardship.
Capps earned her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her Master’s degree from the Carver School of Social Work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
She is Cooperative Baptist to her core. While in Beaufort, S.C., Capps and her family were members of the Baptist Church of Beaufort, where her husband, Paul, was on staff. She has served in multiple roles of CBF leadership including the CBF Governing Board and as CBF Moderator in 2017. Shauw Chin and Paul are now members of Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where Paul is senior pastor. They have two daughters, Lydia and Phoebe.
Capps said she is humbled and honored to be able to serve her Fellowship family in this role.
“This journey has been unexpected but one that has filled me with much hope and excitement,” Capps said. “There is nothing more exciting than having a future orientation, especially when we know that God will be in that future.”
“As a nonprofit leader, I have had the joy of walking alongside donors and supporters, cultivating meaningful relationships that pave the way for generosity of gifts that give life to future generations. There is something holy about doing such work,” she said.
“While we don't yet know what the future will look like, we want to equip our constituents with the resources to obtain new wine skins for the new wine God has in store for us. In the days ahead, I look forward to dream dreams with Cooperative Baptists, to steward those dreams and to pave the way for them to become reality.”
Capps continued: “Our Fellowship network exists today because of the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and who understood the importance of sacrificially investing resources in future Kingdom work. They left their legacy with us and it is now our turn to faithfully invest in the future of our Fellowship so that the legacy of spreading the hope of Christ to the ends of the world will continue.”
For more than 25 years, CBF and the CBF Foundation have partnered to promote, receive, invest and manage long-term sustaining assets to support CBF mission and ministry causes. The Foundation is a trusted partner alongside churches and institutions as it works to establish and manage endowments and other legacy giving vehicles for the benefit of organizations.
CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley said he is grateful Capps accepted this critical leadership role at the CBF Foundation and in the CBF community.
“Shauw Chin brings a unique set of gifts and experiences that equip her to work with the CBF Foundation Board to make our Foundation the best possible partner for CBF congregations and partner ministries,” Baxley said. “Her love for our Fellowship and her deep commitments to Global Missions, thriving congregations and opportunities for young Baptists to discover God’s call will enable her to help us raise funds to extend our mission and ministry into the future. I am eager to work with her to extend our shared mission and strengthen our congregations.”
Hal Bass, the chair of the CBF Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the search committee, said Capps will provide collaborative and transformative leadership in this new role.
“Under Shauw Chin’s direction, the Foundation’s services are readily available to advance the wide-ranging missions and ministries of our entire Fellowship community,” he said.
Carol McEntyre, pastor of First Baptist Church, Columbia, Mo., and CBF’s moderator-elect, served alongside Capps on the CBF Governing Board, and mentioned her passion “about the cause of Christ and about the gifts that the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has to offer to the world.”
“I can’t imagine a better choice for the next president of the CBF Foundation than Shauw Chin Capps,” McEntyre said. “She has a heart for missions and call to serve Christ; she understands and loves CBF and is a gifted nonprofit leader. The Foundation will thrive under her leadership."
Jay Kieve, coordinator of CBF South Carolina, extolled Capps’ leadership qualities.
“Shauw Chin Capps is a leader with vision, authenticity and deep faithfulness that will bless all of CBF through her work at the CBF Foundation,” Kieve said. “She knows how to lead an organization with effectiveness, integrity and in clear pursuit of its mission.”
Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, highlighted Capps’ experience and relational spirit.
“Shauw Chin will bring to this new role an abundance of gifts—her significant accomplishments as a leader in the nonprofit world, her successful fundraising experience, her invitational and relational spirit, and her long and deep connections within CBF life,” Durso said. “As President of the Foundation and Legacy Gifts Officer, she will move CBF to a new level of growth and good health. I am delighted that Shauw Chin has said ‘yes’ to this opportunity.”
David Burroughs, president and founder of Passport Camps, said Capps is a visionary leader.
“Shauw Chin is a visionary thinker who transformed her nonprofit by creating a merger of two organizations, expanding their reach while streamlining costs,” Burroughs said. “As the leader of a partner organization in CBF life, I am excited to watch Shauw Chin’s creative and visionary skills impact the growth of the CBF Foundation in the coming years.”
Matt Cook, assistant director of The Center For Healthy Churches, highlighted Capps’ global perspective.
“She is who we are and aspire to be as Cooperative Baptists: passionate about justice and mission, committed to helping the Church thrive, and not only globally aware but globally shaped,” Cook said. “We want CBF to do great work in diverse contexts and doing that requires leaders who are capable of doing great work in diverse contexts. Shauw Chin brings that exact profile to her new role as President of the CBF Foundation.”
Assets under management in the CBF Foundation have eclipsed the $52-million mark in investments. In consultation with HighGround Advisors, the Foundation’s investment advisor and record-keeper, the Foundation is able to deliver best-in-class institutional investments and endowment service levels equal to or better than other foundations.
Endorsements for Shauw Chin Capps
Shauw Chin is a deeply committed Christian who lives her faith out loud in order to ensure that all of God’s children are treated with the dignity that they deserve. She is a mentor and dear friend and has continued to be an important inspiration for me as I minister among refugees in Uganda. In 2018, Shauw Chin came to Uganda with Colleen Walker Burroughs in order to lead a special seminar for a group of our Amani Sasa shelter graduates. It was such a privilege and blessing to minister alongside of her that week. She serves with a deep love, passion, commitment and care. Shauw Chin is committed and cares deeply about CBF and the health of the Fellowship. I can think of no one better to help lead the CBF Foundation into the next chapter.
CBF Field Personnel, Kampala, Uganda
Shauw Chin Capps will provide collaborative and transformative leadership in her new role as President of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation and Chief Legacy Gifts Officer for CBF. Under Shauw Chin’s direction, the Foundation’s services are readily available to advance the wide-ranging missions and ministries of our entire Fellowship community.
Board Chair, CBF Foundation
I am incredibly grateful that Shauw Chin Capps has agreed to accept this critical leadership role at the CBF Foundation and in our CBF community. She is a deeply committed Christian and an incredible organizational leader. She brings a unique set of gifts and experiences that equip her to work with the CBF Foundation Board to make our Foundation the best possible partner for CBF congregations and partner ministries. Her love for our Fellowship and her deep commitments to Global Missions, thriving congregations and opportunities for young Baptists to discover God’s call will enable her to help us raise funds to extend our mission and ministry into the future. I am eager to work with her to extend our shared mission and strengthen our congregations.
Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Shauw Chin Capps is one of the most capable professionals I know. Having watched her manage leadership responsibilities in a variety of settings, I find her to be kind, yet direct—a visionary capable of focusing on the task at hand, and passionate about the success of whatever organization she is directing. The people who work with her follow her with loyalty and deep respect. CBF has made a brilliant choice in placing Shauw Chin at the helm of the Foundation.
Executive Vice President, Passport, Inc.
Shauw Chin is a visionary thinker who transformed her nonprofit by creating a merger of two organizations, expanding their reach while streamlining costs. She and her husband, Paul, have been involved in CBF life since the beginning. As the leader of a partner organization in CBF life, I am excited to watch Shauw Chin’s creative and visionary skills impact the growth of the CBF Foundation in the coming years. I am firmly in the camp that believes our best days are ahead of us!
President and co-founder, Passport Camps
Shauw Chin Capps is a whole lot of awesome! She is who we are and aspire to be as Cooperative Baptists: passionate about justice and mission, committed to helping the Church thrive, and not only globally aware but globally shaped. On top of that, she brings meaningful experience as a high capacity leader in the nonprofit world. We want CBF to do great work in diverse contexts and doing that requires leaders who are capable of doing great work in diverse contexts. Shauw Chin brings that exact profile to her new role as President of the CBF Foundation.
Assistant Director, The Center For Healthy Churches
I am overjoyed that Shauw Chin Capps will be taking the leadership of the Cooperative Baptist Foundation. I worked alongside Shauw Chin as she provided outstanding and timely leadership to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board. I saw her love for and commitment to the Fellowship and local CBF churches. Shauw Chin is incredibly gifted and skilled in the very type of work the Foundation is doing for CBF, local CBF churches and institutions. She has a deep, personal faith that radiates in all she does. Shauw Chin is an effective fundraiser, a builder of deep, trusting relationships and a person of the highest integrity. I am excited for the future of the Foundation and the Fellowship with Shauw Chin as our leader. I am confident Shauw Chin is the right leader at the right time for the Foundation and the Fellowship.
Former CBF Moderator
I am elated to hear of the selection of Shauw Chin Capps to be the new CBF Foundation President/Chief Legacy Gifts Officer for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Shauw Chin brings to this role a combination of management and development skills that will bless this new venture immensely. Moreover, her familiarity with CBF, having recently served as Moderator of the Fellowship, will enable her to hit the ground running. She is smart, sensitive, focused and determined—all qualities CBF needs in this new endeavor. Clearly, God has led the search committee her way in this process, and I am excited to see what her selection will mean for the CBF Foundation and our larger CBF family for years to come.
Senior Pastor, Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
Shauw Chin Capps will bring to this new role an abundance of gifts—her significant accomplishments as a leader in the nonprofit world, her successful fundraising experience, her invitational and relational spirit, and her long and deep connections within CBF life. As president of the Foundation and Chief Legacy Gifts Officer, she will move CBF to a new level of growth and good health. I am delighted that Shauw Chin has said "yes" to this opportunity.
Executive Director, Baptist Women in Ministry
Shauw Chin Capps is a leader with vision, authenticity and deep faithfulness that will bless CBF through her work at the CBF Foundation. During more than a decade of service in South Carolina, Shauw Chin grew a small but effective regional nonprofit into a much larger leader in their field with a healthy team and abundant resources. She knows how to lead an organization with effectiveness, integrity and in clear pursuit of its mission. Shauw Chin and her family have been consistent supporters and encouragers of CBFSC, and she demonstrated boldness in her leadership of CBF as Moderator. I know Shauw Chin as an amazing mom, a committed friend, a leader with curiosity and humility and a passionate follower of Jesus. I will happily and without hesitation recommend the CBF Foundation and Shauw Chin Capps to CBFSC churches and individuals as they dream of ways to secure resources for future faithfulness.
Coordinator, CBF of South Carolina
I can’t imagine a better choice for the next president of the CBF Foundation than Shauw Chin Capps. She has a heart for missions and call to serve Christ; she understands and loves CBF and is a gifted nonprofit leader. The Foundation will thrive under her leadership.
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Columbia, Mo.
Shauw Chin’s education, experience and energy uniquely equip her to lead the Foundation as the President and Chief Legacy Gifts Officer of CBF. Her love for Christ and people will be a superb fit in working with CBF-affiliated churches and Global endeavors, as well CBF-affiliated state and regional organizations to strengthen and enlarge the resources available for ministry.
Member, CBF Foundation Board of Directors and Search Committee
I am beyond thrilled that Shauw Chin Capps is coming to lead the CBF Foundation. Shauw Chin is a trusted leader in the Fellowship and is the perfect person to serve in this role. I’ve known Shauw Chin for many years and have watched her serve CBF with integrity, faithfulness and courage. Not only does she bring a history in fund development and leadership; she brings a deep love for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has a dream for its future. She will join our existing senior leadership, making it a more powerful team leading into our future. We are blessed that Shauw Chin is serving the CBF family in this way.
Deputy Director, OneJax Institute
I have had the pleasure to work alongside Shauw Chin for two years in the area of governance for CBF. Through her leadership, we became strong and bold in discernment and integrity for the overall Fellowship. Anything that came our way, Shauw Chin showed exceptional leadership, never falling under the tyranny of the urgent. I am so grateful for this new chapter in her life. CBF and the CBF Foundation will be blessed tremendously in this wise next step!
Associate Pastor, Spiritual Development & Communication
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.
Shauw Chin Capps brings a deep love for CBF as well as years of experience in fundraising. She is a person of impeccable integrity and proven leadership. One of the characteristics I admire in Shauw Chin is her commitment to relationships and collaborative ministry. I am grateful for the diligent search and discernment that has resulted in her joining the leadership team of our Fellowship.
Former CBF Executive Coordinator
Distinguished Professor of Baptist Leadership
Director, Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership
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