The Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley was unanimously elected as the fourth executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in January 2019. He frequently preaches and teaches across the 30-year-old Fellowship as he leads this diverse community that includes nearly 1,400 congregations, thousands of individuals, 19 state and regional organizations, 800-plus chaplains and pastoral counselors, dozens of theological education and ministry partners, and 60-plus field personnel serving in 20 countries.Read More
Previously, Paul served as senior minister of First Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., since 2010. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., he has also held pastorates and ministry positions in North Carolina and Virginia and is a former member of the CBF Governing Board. During his two-terms on the CBF Governing Board from 2013-2017, Paul chaired an ad hoc committee that worked for 18 months to develop a comprehensive plan for Global Missions committed to the long-term presence of CBF field personnel around the world.
Paul is a graduate of Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts – Religion, 1991), Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies, 1996) and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Doctor of Ministry, 2003). He has held a variety of leadership roles on the boards of Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, the Baptist House of Studies of Duke Divinity School and the Center for Congregational Health.
Paul and his wife, Jennifer, a licensed physical therapist, have four children: Olivia, Maria and twins Caroline and Matthew. He enjoys reading, especially history, fiction and biography books and cheers for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Learn more about Paul at www.cbf.net/baxley.
Corina serves as a staff accountant for CBF where she compiles and reports all revenue as well as month-end bank reconciliations.Read More
Corina is passionate about accounting for contributions to ensure dollars are designated to a donor's specifications, and has primarily served in nonprofits throughout her career, bringing an understanding and insight to mission-based accounting and revenue. Over the years, she has served in a finance department leadership role, and has served on boards during a strategic planning process. She emphasizes that being an entrepreneur also allows her the ability to think about the finances of CBF as if it were her company's financial resources. It is important to Corina that CBF is successful, not just in its mission and ministries work, but also adhering to the annual guidelines set out by our financial audits. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Chestnut Hill College, and is a certified Entrepreneur by the Bronner Business Institute, and has a certificate from the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute through the YWCA’s advocacy efforts.
Corina enjoys cooking and salsa dancing and loves everything tennis.
She joined the CBF staff in January 2018.
Identity and Communications Associate
Marianna’s role at CBF is to assist the Identity and Communications team with event preparation as well as data tracking and analysis.Read More
Marianna also assists in helping connect individuals in the Fellowship with others who have similar interests and CBF-affiliated work related to those areas of interest. She is passionate about cultivating relationships and helping people connect in ways that allow them to use their gifts and passions for ministry. A graduate of the University of Richmond and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University (Master of Divinity), Marianna brings a unique background of experience to the position. She is also currently working toward a Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL and Georgia State University.
Marianna loves spending time with her husband and dog, Abbie, especially at their “second home,” Refuge Coffee. She also loves volunteering in the community to help her immigrant and refugee neighbors, tutoring and teaching, including GED prep classes.
She joined the CBF staff in August 2016.
Paulette serves on the accounting team at CBF with duties including accounts payable, accounts receivable, managing expense reports, fixed assets, reconciliation and general ledger.Read More
She is passionate about research and analytics and brings deep accounting experience and knowledge to the team alongside her deep faith and commitment to serve in her local congregation as Financial Secretary. Paulette’s work with a large corporation for many years and volunteering as a Financial Secretary has prepared her to be flexible and handle multiple duties. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mississippi Valley State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Paulette enjoys traveling to the Bahamas, watching movies, attending sporting events and loves cheering on the New Orleans Saints.
She joined the CBF staff in April 2018.
John Mark Boes
Advocacy Engagement and Programs Manager
John Mark connects advocacy and global missions to engage congregations in the work of advocacy, managing CBF’s Rescue Loan Ministry Project which promotes and supports the development of rescue loan ministries across the Fellowship.Read More
John Mark enjoys engaging congregations in the role of advocacy in their community and sharing why advocacy is a natural outgrowth of our call to missions. In his role, he offers advocacy strategies for congregations and creates opportunities for public witness for Cooperative Baptists at the local, state and federal levels. He is a graduate of Georgetown College and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (Master of Divinity) with a focus on leadership.
John Mark spends his free time coaching volleyball alongside his wife Allison, rooting for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, reading action and adventure books, and relaxing with his favorite TV show The West Wing.
He joined the staff in October 2014.
Shauw Chin Capps
CBF Foundation President/CBF Chief Development Officer
Shauw Chin provides the overall leadership and management of the work of the CBF Foundation and CBF’s fund development strategies.Read More
Shauw Chin is passionate about walking alongside churches and individuals to help them best use God’s resources to fund the work of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment now and into the future. In her role leading the CBF Foundation, she helps churches to plan and manage permanent financial support for their ministries and needs, and also seeks to equip congregations to cultivate legacy gifts among their members. With deep Baptist roots, Shauw Chin came to faith as a result of the work of Baptist missionaries in Singapore. An experienced nonprofit leader and social worker, she is a graduate of Baylor University and the Carver School of Social Work (Master of Church Social Work).
Shauw Chin describes herself as a “huge foodie” and loves to travel, cook and watch a good movie (preferably one that makes her laugh or takes her to a different world).
She joined the staff in March 2020.
President, Together for Hope
Jason leads Together for Hope, CBF’s rural development coalition which focuses on the 301 counties of persistent rural poverty in the United States and has four priorities of hope: education, health & nutrition, housing & environment, and social enterprise.Read More
Jason is passionate about alleviating poverty and racism. He grew up in poverty in the Mississippi Delta and says that has always been a filter for his academic and ecclesiastical work. A graduate of Drew University where earned his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, he is a former senior pastor. In hindsight, Jason feels like he’s been preparing for his job connecting churches and people to places where they can serve God and learn from locals about the best ways to work toward peace and wellbeing his whole life. He also serves as the field coordinator of CBF Mississippi.
Jason’s favorite books include The Hate U Give, Gilead and The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to reading, he enjoys running, biking, writing, traveling, hiking and camping.
He joined the CBF staff in July 2016.
Global Missions Intern
Rachel Copeland serves as a Global Missions intern for CBF where she assists the Global Missions team, field personnel and Student.Go, CBF’s student missions program.Read More
Rachel enjoys getting to know and connect with students who participate in Student.Go, as well as connecting with CBF field personnel and their ministries. Because of her previous missions experience, Rachel appreciates CBF's focus on sustainable missions and the long-term presence of field personnel. A graduate of Mercer University with a degree in Global Development Studies and Religion, Rachel is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology.
Rachel enjoys crafting, cooking, reading and dancing. Her favorite book is Faith Unraveled by the late Rachel Held Evans.
She joined the CBF staff in August 2019.
Jenine serves the CBF finance team in Accounts Payable and processes the payment of invoices and expense reports as well as payments for contractors, partners and the CBF Volunteer Travel Fund.Read More
Jenine is passionate about being able to issue payments that support CBF programs in the United States and around the world, serving churches and individuals by issuing payments that are collected from churches and individuals and sending them to organizations, CBF programs, and partners that they support.
Jenine enjoys watching movies and listening to music in her spare time.
She joined the CBF staff in June 2016.
HR and Grant Specialist
LaToya is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function and serves as the primary point of contact for constituents on all matters pertaining to the Ministerial Excellence Initiative (MEI) and facilitates grant process management.Read More
With a Master’s of Business Administration and as a certified Human Resources Professional, LaToya is passionate about helping to fulfill to the needs of CBF staff and constituents in her dual role. She is always striving to lead and direct the routine functions of the Human Resources (HR) area and facilitate the MEI grant in a manner that promotes collaboration and quality relationships.
LaToya enjoys baking (especially cobbler) and watching movies, as well as traveling to the beach with friends and family.
She joined the CBF staff in March 2015.
CBF Foundation Executive Assistant
Joi assists CBF Foundation President Shauw Chin Capps in helping churches to plan and manage permanent financial support for their ministries and needs. She serves as the primary point of contact for constituents on all matters pertaining to the Foundation.Read More
Joi provides critical support for the day to day work of the Foundation to include financial management, database management, communication with Board of Trustees, working with the Foundation’s fund manager to ensure that the needs of constituents related to their funds are met. She is passionate about educating and equipping congregations to cultivate legacy gifts among their members to make possible a thriving future for CBF. She brings a focused energy to her position and commitment to serving churches and Cooperative Baptists. She is a graduate of Jackson State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.
Joi enjoys vacationing with her family, reading romance novels, listening to R&B and cheering on the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat?!) and the LSU (Geaux Tigers!).
She joined the CBF staff in August 2016.
President, CBF Church Benefits
Rob serves as the President of CBF Church Benefits, which serves ministers, church staff, congregations and CBF partner organizations with retirement and insurance benefits.Read More
Rob loves to work with ministers and church staff members as they live into their calling to ministry, and to help them to develop personal and financial plans for their future. He has served as an executive administrator and financial professional with two seminaries, and as field coordinator of CBF Virginia before becoming President of CBF Church Benefits. He also served in pastoral roles with five churches, and as a CBF-endorsed chaplain during his 25-plus years of ministry. He attended the University of Mary Washington and holds a certificates in Fundraising and Development, as well as Grant Writing and Management.
Rob enjoys getting outdoors, traveling to the beach and kayaking, fishing and drinking coffee with friends.
He joined the CBF Church Benefits staff in April 2018.
Panina manages donor relationships and assists with development strategies for CBF, including fulfilling requests from congregations for Offering for Global Missions materials.Read More
Her main focus is to ensure the recognition and stewardship of all of CBF’s donors to include maintaining accurate donor database records. She works hand-in-hand with Shauw Chin Capps to execute the processes needed to successfully implement all fund development efforts throughout the year.
Panina is passionate about making donors feel appreciated with excellent customer service and enjoys serving and speaking with Cooperative Baptists. Panina attended Albany State University and studied business administration at Georgia State University. She also holds a marketing and advertising degree from Pinnacle Careers Institute.
Panina loves the beach, yoga, painting, listening to R&B music and reading science fiction and mystery novels.
She joined the staff in April 2019.
Strategic Engagement Officer
Adam co-designs and manages strategic initiatives of the Office of the Executive Coordinator related to partner organizations, state and regional organizations and congregational leaders to better serve congregations and the communities they inhabit.Read More
A business administration graduate of Furman University, Adam brings a business background and organizational thinking to his role at CBF. Through a posture of listening, learning and responding to the needs of Cooperative Baptists and CBF congregations, he seeks new ideas and opportunities to support the thriving of churches and their leaders. From a belief that there is power in partnership to solve complex problems and that churches can be stronger sources of Christ-led social innovation, he seeks opportunities to help congregations discover opportunities in their own context.
Adam enjoys running, reading and a variety of musical styles from jazz to folk to hip-hop — tastes that shift depending on what he’s up to at the time, but he’s always up for something new.
He joined the staff in March 2019.
Becky Buice Hall
Associate Coordinator for Operations
Becky coordinates the daily operations of CBF in the areas of finance/accounting, budget development, human resources, information technology, data management and office functioning.Read More
Having served at CBF since 1993, Becky brings more than 27 years of commitment and knowledge to her current role. Throughout that time, she has served in a variety of positions at CBF and deeply values the personal relationships she has built with field personnel, staff and CBF constituents. Becky is most passionate about collaborating with staff and field personnel to carry out the mission of CBF and seeing the organization thrive. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Murray State University and is certified in Human Resources Management.
Becky loves traveling and is often found mountain biking with her husband, Tony, or baking delicious treats for her colleagues at CBF.
She joined the CBF staff in August 1993.
Associate Coordinator of Global Missions
Sam facilitates the work of CBF field personnel in 20 countries around the world and seeks to increase the impact of the Fellowship’s global efforts for the benefit of those with and among whom we serve.Read More
A “missionary kid,” Sam was born and raised in Kenya and served there for most of his life, including 18 years of service as a CBF field personnel alongside his wife, Melody, and their three boys. He is an advocate for cross-cultural engagement and expression and regularly shares the Global Missions story in congregations across the United States, challenging Cooperative Baptists toward greater mission engagement through giving, partnership and service. Sam is a graduate of North Carolina State University and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Master of Divinity).
Sam and Melody are students of the Enneagram and enjoy facilitating group interaction oriented toward interpersonal growth. He is a lover of nature and an advocate for the natural environment, spending every chance he gets gardening, hiking, and observing and interacting with God’s creation.
He joined the staff in February 1999.
Carrie shares the stories of and connects with Cooperative Baptists through social media, email marketing, the CBFblog, and fellowship! magazine, among other communication channels.Read More
With a background in theatre arts and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Carrie brings a unique and collaborative spirit alongside theological language. Her passion is to creatively tell the stories of churches and individuals across the Fellowship and to connect directly with Cooperative Baptists by providing news, views and resources that help them engage more deeply with others across the Fellowship family.
When Carrie isn’t providing communications and marketing support, she enjoys her work with Main Street Theatre in Tucker, Ga., watching Gilmore Girls (again!) and eating fun snacks at Walt Disney World.
She joined the CBF staff in October 2014.
Associate Coordinator for Identity and Communications
Jeff leads the strategic communications, public relations, marketing and identity-building work of the Fellowship to connect the passions of Cooperative Baptists with the ministries and mission of CBF, and also serves as co-chair of the annual General Assembly and leads the team that produces CBF Gathering, our weekly program on Facebook and YouTube.Read More
Jeff is a journalism and business administration graduate of Baylor University and earned a Master of Arts in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In his work at CBF, he leads a team that tells stories of ministry passion and impact to build ever-stronger connections between people, churches and partners across the Fellowship. The team also creates meaningful opportunities for the Fellowship community to learn from each other through the sharing of stories, ideas and gathering together.
He has served as editor-in-chief of The Baylor Lariat and communications director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington. Jeff is a fan of the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, but even more than the Nats, loves reading, playing tennis and baseball with his son, and watching movies with his wife.
He joined the CBF staff in June 2013.
Associate Coordinator for Outreach and Growth
Kasey engages with churches and individuals to invite partnership with CBF. Additionally, her work includes working with congregations to engage in diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice ministry efforts.Read More
In her work to help grow the Fellowship’s impact, Kasey is most passionate about working directly with churches and individuals to make meaningful connections to do kingdom work together. Prior to joining the CBF staff in October 2017, Kasey served as a senior pastor in Washington, D.C. for 12 years, and also worked previously as a community organizer. She earned an Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and Bachelors of Arts from Howard University. In her CBF role, she combines her ministry and community organizing experiences, as she engages partners on behalf of CBF and building relationships that are resources for our churches.
Kasey is a huge fan of the Chicago link-up of Chicago Med, Fire & PD on television and enjoys “good” ice cream.
She joined the CBF staff in October 2017.
Coordinator, Fellowship Southwest
Marv Knox leads Fellowship Southwest, a collaborative network for churches that want to organize around shared compassion for people in Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, Oklahoma, Southern California and Texas.Read More
His job is to help the Fellowship Southwest network and partners locate pressing needs, develop strategies for meeting those needs and secure human, financial and material resources to implement the strategies.
Marv’s passion, which leads to both tears of grief and joy, is to help Fellowship Southwest’s team of pastors who shelter, feed and protect asylum seekers all along the U.S.-Mexico border. For almost 30 years, Marv edited two Baptist state newspapers, and that experience taught him to work hard, meet deadlines, treat people fairly and adapt to change. Those elements comprise the backbone of operating a network like Fellowship Southwest, and helping to connect Cooperative Baptists to each other, the full range of CBF resources and their own opportunities to minister to and serve others. Marv enjoys spending his evenings serving as sous chef to his wife, Joanna, and loves to run, read, and listen to his favorite singer/songwriter, Lyle Lovett.
He joined the CBF staff in August 2017.
Ruth Perkins Lee
Director of Fellowship Gatherings
Ruth oversees key components of building CBF identity and connection across the Fellowship as she plans and coordinates medium- and large-sized CBF Global gatherings, works with Lilly Endowment funded Initiatives, manages Peer Learning Groups and represents CBF in local congregations through preaching and presenting about the Fellowship.Read More
Ruth believes that gathering together as a community is one of the most important parts of our work in CBF, noting that together we connect our individual and congregational work with the larger Church and around the world. As a community of faith, CBF offers ever expanding circles of experience, information, introductions, and networks and she is passionate about all the possibilities we can create for churches, ministers and laity. A graduate of Columbus State University and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University (Master of Divinity), Ruth previously served for more than 10 years on a church staff, giving her insight and deep appreciation for ministers and the good work they are doing in local congregations.
Ruth could listen to any and all Christmas music all year long, and enjoys reading and spending time with her family—especially at the beach.
She joined the CBF staff in January 2013.
Outreach and Growth Specialist
Grace seeks to cultivate engagement and partnerships with individuals, organizations and churches new to CBF, and also works within Familia, CBF’s Latino Network, to ensure the growth and belonging of Latinx persons within the Fellowship.Read More
Grace is a bridge builder serving those new to CBF and those who have been around a while by connecting them to all CBF has to offer. A graduate of Gordon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries and Sociology, Grace loves to connect individuals from different backgrounds to create partnerships for God’s work together. Nourishing and forming relationships with churches is at the core of her work, and she works to make CBF feel like home to all Cooperative Baptists.
Grace loves listening to music, especially alternative and Latin pop, dancing and watching movies with her friends. She also loves to travel back to Puerto Rico.
She joined the staff in August 2018.
Information Technology Manager
Tangie manages CBF’s network environment, helpdesk support, information technology equipment and other assets, facilitates and manages third party contracts and IT budgets, and assists with project management work for the Fellowship.Read More
Tangie sees her role is that of a “gatekeeper,” and is passionate about helping the CBF staff with any IT needs and issues to ensure that staff can effectively serve churches and individuals across the Fellowship. Her love for helping people extends from her faith, and she notes that in the IT field it's important to be able to work well with people and to be able to translate technical terminology for the average person. A graduate of Ball State University, Tangie holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Systems Management. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Tangie enjoys singing and listening to contemporary Christian music, as well as cooking, reading, writing and home decorating.
She joined the CBF staff in November 2014.
Executive Assistant/Project Specialist
Dihanne provides collaborative leadership to the important work of CBF's Young Baptist Ecosystem and its collaborative team. She also offers support in our Church Starts initiative and will manage the design and development of our Thriving Congregations Initiative in partnership with the Director of Thriving Congregations.Read More
Additionally, she provides administrative management and support to CBF's Governance bodies and works collaboratively with the staff team that produces content for the weekly CBF Gathering program on Facebook and YouTube.
Dihanne loves working in a supportive role to help others realize their greatest potential. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a Master of Project Management degree from Keller School of Management at DeVry University. In her work, she supports a varying initiatives that permeate throughout the Fellowship.
In her spare time, Dihanne enjoys crafting, watching “how to” videos on YouTube and managing her jewelry and t-shirt business.
She joined the CBF staff in August 2015.
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, CBF Church Benefits
Jim is the Chief Operating Office for CBF Church Benefits, providing oversight and engagement of the entire operations and vendor management of Church Benefits.Read More
Jim’s passion is helping ministers and lay employees improve their financial wellness by assisting with church employee benefits. He has a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville State University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southern Seminary, which allow him to connect with individuals and churches with both a pastoral mindset and business lens.
In his free time, Jim enjoys listening to jazz music, reading, exercising and getting fresh air on the golf course.
He joined the CBF Church Benefits staff in April 2020.
Latino Field Ministries Coordinator
Rubén advances the mission and identity of CBF and the purpose and goals of diversity through Latino Ministries, serving as the primary contact with CBF’s Latino congregations and partners and providing leadership to Familia, CBF’s Latino Network. Read More
A graduate in Christian communications from HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, Rubén has served as a pastor for more than two decades as well as a spiritual director and journalist. In his role with CBF, he serves as consultant, advisor, resources facilitator and promotes the wellbeing of congregations and pastors. A crucial aspect of his ministry is to coordinate the integration of churches to the life of CBF state and regional organizations and networks.
Rubén loves a variety of musical styles, including classical, chorale, jazz and jazz Latino. He also enjoys reading, spending time with family and travel.
He joined the staff in October 2017.
Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling
Renée oversees the chaplaincy and pastoral counseling ministries endorsement process, including coaching and mentoring seminary students and ministers through the process as well as providing ongoing professional and emotional/spiritual support to our endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors, serving as a “chaplain to the chaplains.”Read More
Renée also provides continuing education opportunities for growth and expansion of their knowledge of the newest developments in the spiritual and pastoral care field. A graduate of Duke Divinity School (Master of Divinity), her passion for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling is found in that it has given her the opportunity for the past 20 years to journey with patients, families, and healthcare staff through sacred times in their lives in moments of celebration and in grief. In her current role, Renée focuses on journeying with our CBF-endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors to hearing, honoring, and uplifting their stories as they continue the sacred ministry of offering emotional support and spiritual care to persons in need in diverse specialized settings around the country and throughout our world. Prior to entering chaplaincy, she spent over five years serving in local CBF-affiliated churches in associate minister roles.
In her spare time, Renée enjoys most any outdoor activity, watching movies with her husband, Tommy, and playing with their 35-pound black lab mix rescue, Coco.
She joined the CBF staff in August 2020.
Director of Young Baptist Ecosystem
Devita is a connector, developing and deepening links between young Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the local church and other partners.Read More
Devita directs a collaborative ministry focused on programs, internships, scholarships, retreats and other events, discernment groups, mission experiences, and leadership opportunities for children, youth, college students, seminarians, young clergy and young laity. She has served Baptists for two decades, in her roles as a development officer for McAfee School of Theology, where she earned her Master of Divinity, as staff member of CBF Georgia and as a campus minister. Devita loves seeing young people come alive, discovering themselves and living into their calling. She is also a resource for churches and clergy who seek to explore expressions of college and young adult ministry that is outside the box.
Devita enjoys exercise, puzzles, travel, home improvement and attempting to grow things in her yard.
She joined the CBF staff in June 2007.
Coordinator for Global Missions
Steven leads the Global Missions team to help Cooperative Baptists partner with the global church in renewing God’s world.Read More
Steven serves congregations by casting vision for the work of CBF Global Missions field personnel in 20 countries around the world and creating pathways for church engagement, including disaster response. In this role, he invests energy in preaching, teaching and consulting on mission, evangelism and world Christianity with local churches. Steven also represents Cooperative Baptists in ecumenical bodies and on commissions related to evangelism, mission and disaster response at the Baptist World Alliance. A graduate of William Jewell College, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Master of Divinity) and Duke University Divinity School (Doctor of Theology), he previously served on the faculty of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and directed Touching Miami With Love, a CBF-affiliated urban ministry.
Steven enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, listening to 80’s rock and cheering for Atlanta United.
He joined the CBF staff in September 2014.
Director of Advocacy, Executive Director Fellowship Southwest
Stephen helps encourage, educate and equip advocates in the Fellowship to impact their communities for justice and leads Fellowship Southwest, an ecumenical CBF partner organization serving churches and meeting needs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California.Read More
Stephen has a passion for teaching advocacy to local congregations as well as assisting pastors and lay leaders to view advocacy as an outgrowth of their mission commitments and giving guidance about how their voice and influence can have the greatest impact. “Seeing Cooperative Baptists engage in advocacy, have success and provide a thoughtful compassionate Christian public witness for their community is exciting,” he says. Stephen also works in national coalitions with other faith organizations to advocate for policy changes based on the mission experience of CBF churches and field personnel. An attorney who has spent his career at the intersection of faith and public policy, he is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech School of Law (Juris Doctor).
Stephen enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children. He is an avid fly fisherman and a music lover who plays guitar.
He joined the staff in October 2013.
Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy and Missions Specialist
Elket writes stories, hosts conferences and participates in webinars to raise awareness around the plight of immigrants and refugees.Read More
He advises pastors, assists and represents immigrants and refugees, and partners with churches and other organizations to bring about policy changes that seek justice for this vulnerable population.
Passionate about sharing the stories of immigrants and refugees, Elket studied law and journalism at the University of Puerto Rico and feels that he can be a bridge between the Hispanic, African American and white cultures, while lifting up diverse voices coming from immigrants and refugees.
In his free time, Elket enjoys watching news, documentaries, movies and sports—particularly the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and River Plate (Argentina).
He joined the CBF staff in March 2020.
Global Missions Personnel and Training Manager
Taisha has the joy and pleasure of building relationships and friendships with people across the entire spectrum of mission and field service, as they discern what God is saying to them or where He may be leading them.Read More
Taisha manages Student.Go, CBF’s student missions program, and assists individuals interested in longer-term service through the Global Service Corps (GSC) and placement as career field personnel. She also assists with equipping and training them prior to them being sent to the field, as well as throughout their time as field personnel.
As a former CBF field personnel and Student.Go alum, Taisha knows the life-changing impact of mission work and counts it as an honor to be a part of the process walking with students and individuals alike on their journeys. In her role, she connects congregations and their members with service opportunities around the world alongside CBF field personnel and engagement partners. Taisha also serves as co-chair of CBF’s staff Inclusion Committee, is a member of the team that plans the content of CBF’s Gathering program, as well as serves as a staff liaison to CBF’s Pan African Koinonia (PAK). A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Mercer University with a Master of Science in Community Counseling and Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology.
Taisha enjoys traveling anywhere with her husband and two children and is a fan of the TV show House Hunters.
She joined the staff in May 2015.
Manager of Global Missions Engagement
Ellen helps congregations grow into a deeper connection with CBF Global Missions through collaboration with field personnel, the Encourager Church ministry and short-term mission engagement.Read More
As a minister who served on a church staff for 30 years, Ellen understands that when a congregation forms deep mission relationships a transformation occurs—for both the church and the person. Working with mission committees, she assists congregations in establishing connections and partnerships with CBF field personnel serving around the world. She is a graduate of Mars Hill College and Southern Seminary (Master of Divinity) with a concentration in Christian Education.
Ellen enjoys traveling, entertaining, cooking, being on the beach and connecting people to new places and friends. She claims fandom of Jesus’ team, the Atlanta Braves.
She joined the staff in February 2019.
Rachel Gunter Shapard
Regional Vice President - Black BeltTogether for Hope
Rachel coordinates the work of Together for Hope, CBF’s rural development coalition, in the Black Belt Region which includes counties of persistent poverty in Alabama, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.Read More
Rachel understands that enacting community development in a way that honors the innate gifts and beauty that exist in individuals and communities is both challenging and rewarding. In her role, she and her Together for Hope colleagues walk with rural communities as well as their CBF family to bring about further understanding of the complex, slow, organic nature of the asset-based method of community transformation. “A stronger more sustainable Rural America is possible if we work together,” according to Rachel. She is a graduate of Florida State University and Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology (Master of Divinity) with an emphasis in Christian education.
Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking and going to the beach. She loves folk music, especially the Indigo Girls, and visiting Asheville, N.C.
Regional Vice President - AppalachiaTogether for Hope
Keith serves with Together for Hope, CBF’s rural development coalition, to help alleviate poverty through assets-based community development in the 57 counties of persistent poverty in the Appalachia region.Read More
With a focus on the four priorities of hope (education, housing & environment, health & nutrition, and social enterprise), he works with CBF field personnel and ministry partners in Appalachia to build an ever-growing coalition of faith-based, government, nonprofit, business organizations and individuals who share these priorities. A graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Keith’s Doctor of Ministry project was based on the command to love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself, along with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. He has taken that passage as his core mission.
Keith enjoys spending time with his wife, Dianne, and running, cycling, swimming, gardening and laying in his hammock.
He joined the staff of Together for Hope in February 2019.
L Nicole Stringfellow
Regional Vice President - DeltaTogether for Hope
L Nicole has the joy of strengthening the capacity of organizations to achieve a more sustainable future in rural communities in the Delta region of Together for Hope, CBF’s rural development coalition.Read More
In her role, L Nicole follows the philosophy of asset-based community development to utilize local strengths for local transformation. Her expertise is used to support 97 counties of persistent rural poverty in the Lower Mississippi River Delta region of the United States.
L Nicole has a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi Valley State University, a Master of Science from Delta State University, and a Master of Science degree in Human Capital Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is an AmeriCorps Alum and has led National Service members (AmeriCorps/VISTA) in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi for more than 20 years. She brings a passion for her role as a bridge builder between people and organizations and the resources needed, and connects churches to organizations and community leaders to provide services that make an impact. These connections are fostered on the principles of human dignity, respect of others and the success of managing cross-cultural relationships.
L Nicole enjoys international travel, cooking, event planning and books that helps her gain a better perspective of people and cultures.
She joined the CBF staff in January 2019.
Director of Communications
Aaron directs the daily communications efforts of CBF as editor of fellowship! magazine and the CBFblog as well as shepherding the storytelling work and leading news coverage of the Fellowship’s missions and ministries.Read More
Aaron has a special passion for sharing the stories of Cooperative Baptists living out their faith through global missions, disaster recovery and advocacy. In his multi-faceted role, he oversees CBF’s web and social media presence and innovative CBF Conversations faith & culture series and provides leadership to the award-winning CBF Podcast. Aaron is the co-founder of the CBF Environmental Stewardship Network and represents CBF on the Religious Freedom and Baptist Heritage & Identity commissions of the Baptist World Alliance. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science) and Baylor University (Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Politics). He is also the author of several books and an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he teaches Baptist history and theology.
Aaron enjoys hiking, kayaking and riding bikes with his wife and three children. He is a big fan of Baylor basketball and football, Dan Le Batard Show podcast, wasting time on Twitter, and nostalgic for 1990s baseball.
Victoria Garces Whatley
Operations Manager of CBF Church Benefits
Victoria is Operations Manager for CBF Church Benefits and serves Cooperative Baptists by overseeing the daily operations of retirement, insurance, and other value-added services for employers and participants.Read More
Victoria focuses her energies on top-notch customer service to congregations as well as clergy and lay leaders, and assists in navigating members' concerns regarding life and disability insurance and retirement plans. A graduate of Saint Elizabeth College with a degree in business administration, Victoria added to her professional education with certificates in project management, financial accounting and international business.
A bilingual speaker, Victoria enjoys traveling to Colombia to visit family, and she loves listening and dancing to all Spanish music.
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Specialist
Carrol guides, assists and maintains chaplains and pastoral counselors through every aspect of their endorsement process, and also facilitates conversations and education about diversity and inclusion within CBF and on behalf of CBF’s Pan African Koinonia.Read More
Carrol believes that learning how to represent the presence of Christ through difficult times is foundational for chaplaincy work of any kind. She is most passionate about assisting people in making connections and building relationships, including when she is able to connect CBF-endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors to help meet the needs of families in crisis across the Fellowship. Carrol also lends her voice and life experiences in conversations on diversity and inclusion within CBF. She is a graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (Master of Divinity).
In her spare time, Carrol likes to read, crochet or knit, cook meals for her family, cheer on University of Kentucky basketball and be “Ga-Ga” to her young grandson.
She joined the staff in August 2015.