Governing Board



Patricia Wilson - Moderator

Professor of Law, Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Patricia Wilson has been a member of the Baylor Law faculty since 1993. Before joining the Baylor Law Faculty, Wilson practiced law for seven years, including four years with American Airlines, Inc. Wilson speaks regularly at continuing legal education seminars in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. She has presented and led discussions at the Oxford Round Tables at Oxford University on gender issues in the tenure process. She is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Consumer and Commercial Law Council, and served as the Council secretary from August 2006 to July 2008. She is currently contributing editor for the Family Law section of the General Practice Digest of the State Bar of Texas. Wilson is a trained mediator and she is actively involved in the Waco community serving on the boards of a number of local nonprofit organizations. Wilson earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University (B.A., 1982, Sociology). She received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1985), where she was named a Wigmore Scholar and was a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Law and Business.

Debbie McDaniel - Moderator-Elect

Lay leader & Substitute Teacher
Huntsville, Ala.

For the past five years, McDaniel has served on the CBF Ministries Council and was its chair in 2020-2021. She has also served on CBF’s A New Covenant Commission as well as on the coordinating councils of Alabama CBF and Oklahoma CBF. She is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of CBF-partner Good Faith Media, and previously served on the board of directors of Baptists Today/Nurturing Faith from 2018-2020. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she earned a secondary teaching certificate, McDaniel and her husband, Michael, have three adult children: Cameron, Patrick and Mackenzie.

Carol McEntyre - Past Moderator 

Senior Minister, First Baptist Church
Columbia, Missouri

Carol has been pastor at First Baptist Church since July of 2012. Carol grew up in rural Tennessee, which you will know when you hear her southern accent. She met her husband Michael in college at Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and human services from Carson Newman. She attended seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she earned a master of divinity and a master of social work. Carol is currently working on her doctorate of ministry in Worship, Preaching and Spirituality at Drew University in New Jersey. Carol and Michael have two children, Nate (7); and Marin (2). They bring a great deal of joy and messiness to her life.

John Scott, Jr. - Recorder

Attorney, Starnes Davis Florie, LLP
Birmingham, Ala.

John Scott is a layperson from Birmingham, Alabama where is a partner in Starnes Davis Florie LLP . a law firm that specializes in defense litigation. He is a member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church where he has served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and has taught Sunday Bible Study for over 20 years. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for over 49 years and has a daughter, Ashley Kane, who lives in Decatur, Georgia and a son , John III who lives in Birmingham with his wife. He has 5 very active grandsons.


Courtney Allen Crump

Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church
Richmond, Virginia

Courtney Allen Crump is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where she was formed in faith at Northminster Baptist Church. Courtney is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in religious studies. She received a master of divinity from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C. She has served churches in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Georgia, and as Rebuilding Coordinator in Gulfport, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. She has been active in denominational life including Baptist Women in Ministry leadership team, the Missions Council as well as the Executive Coordinator Search Committee. Courtney is married to Josh, who is a city planner.

Larry Decuir

Director, Americas Talent Team – Ernst & Young
Lilburn, Georgia

With over 30 years of experience, Larry has held senior Human Resources roles in several different organizations in diverse sectors, including more than 13 years with EY. With an emphasis on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, Larry’s areas of specialization include: organizational development and change, career and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, executive coaching and development, and team effectiveness. Active in the Atlanta business community, Larry has served on non-profit boards including United Way of Greater Atlanta and has been a multi-year mentor in the Pathbuilders program designed to support the careers of high potential executive women. Larry is married to Cathy and they have two sons - Austin (UGA grad and pursuing a fisheries biology career) and Spencer (an International Affairs major at Mercer University). Larry and Cathy are members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA, where Larry is an Adult Sunday School teacher and both have served as deacons.

Marnie Fisher-Ingram

Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families, River Road Church, Baptist
Richmond, Va.

Marnie has served as Associate Pastor to Youth and Their Families at River Road Church, Baptist, in Richmond since 2018. She is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) and received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College in Kentucky. Marnie joined the staff of River Road after serving 11 and a half years with Passport, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama as Youth Program Coordinator. Marnie has more than two decades of experience in youth ministry and is passionate about building relationships with teenagers. Marnie is an active member of the Cooperative Baptist Youth Ministry Network.

Juan Garcia

Pastor - Hispanic Congregation, Primera Iglesia Bautista de Newport News
Newport News, Va. 

Juan L. Garcia is a native of Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Divinity Degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Juan serves as the Pastor of the Hispanic Congregation of First Baptist Church (Primera Iglesia Bautista de Newport News), a multicultural congregation, with people from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Juan loves basketball, but has recently converted to be a soccer (futból) fan. Juan is married to Monica and has two children, Natalia and Daniel.

Jewel London

Houston, Texas

Jewel serves on staff at Brookhollow Baptist Church, affectionately known as The Church Without Walls, in Houston, TX as the Pastoral Assistant to Dr. Ralph D. West, Pastor/Founder. There, she supports Dr. West by giving leadership to the Clergy, Diaconate, Liturgy, Ordinances, Council of Ministries, Transitional Teams, and preaching and teaching when assigned. Jewel has led these leaders through numerous ministry initiatives designed to undergird the vision of the Pastor, to build momentum and encourage ministry development while ministering to the needs of this congregation of over 10,000 families.

Emmanuel McCall

East Point, Georgia

The Rev. Dr. Emmanuel McCall, Sr. was the founding pastor of The Fellowship Group in East Point, Ga., and the former pastor of the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church from its founding March 31, 1991, to November 30, 2004. Previously he has served on the executive staff of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from May 6, 1968, until October 1991; a visiting faculty member at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at theological seminaries in Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, West Africa, and Emory University in Atlanta; vice president of the Baptist World Alliance; and moderator of the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Dr. McCall has written four books and contributed chapters in 34 others. Dr. McCall has served as an Adjunct professor at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University since its inception. He has written frequently for denominational and theological magazines and special publications. He is currently serving as Interim Pastor at the Historic Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Oliver

Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church
Madison, Alabama

A graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993 and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Mike has pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. He has served Trinity Baptist since 2011. Mike and his wife, Mary, have four sons.

Timothy Peoples

Senior Minister, Emerywood Baptist Church
High Point, N.C.

A native of Jones, Oklahoma, Timothy attended Adrian College where he received his B.A. in Religious Studies with a focus in Feminist Ethics before earning his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University’s School of Divinity. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Prior to his current role as Senior Minister at Emerywood Baptist Church, Timothy served churches in Michigan, Connecticut, and Texas. When he’s not chasing around his horse-size sheepdogs, Frankie and Cardozo, you can find him searching for the best pie with his wife Valerie Lott.

Steve Sheely

Pastor, Rolling Hills Baptist Church
Fayetteville, Ark.

Steve Sheely is the pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a position he has served for over 15 years.  Steve holds degrees from Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Yale University Divinity School.  He has served on the CBF Ministries Council and as Moderator of the CBF of Arkansas.  Steve and his wife Marla have three boys, 16, 17 and 17.  Steve’s hobbies include classic cars, adventure travel and obstacle course racing.

Katherine Smith

Executive Director, Baptist Creation Care Initiative
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Katherine received a Master’s degree (MPS) in ecology and theology from Loyola University – a leader in ministry education on behalf of creation care. Her extensive experience working in the non-profit sector as a program manager, as well as her time spent living and working in a developing country, have left her with a profound sense of responsibility for the poor and the marginalized, especially those who are adversely affected by climate disruption and environmental degradation. As the former Minister of Missions and Faith Formation at Trinity Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, Katherine is uniquely situated to lead Baptists and others to a more biblically-based understanding of our responsibility to the created world.

Kristian Smith

Pastor, The Faith Community
Atlanta, Ga.

Kristian Smith is a CBF church starter and pastor of The Faith Community in Atlanta. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications in 2006 as well as his Master in Business Administration in 2009, both from Alabama A&M University where he was an all-conference performer and team captain of the SWAC Champion AAMU football team. Kristian has served in many areas of ministry including worship leader, conference planner and facilitator, teacher, youth minister and pastor at The Faith Community. He is also the lead style consultant with P-Squared Custom Clothiers where he develops the professional images of his clients. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.

Charles Watson Jr.

Director of Education, BJC
Washington, D.C.

Charles Watson Jr., a native of Millen, Georgia, is the director of education at BJC. His work is focused on expanding the base of support for religious liberty and engaging the next generation of advocates. A graduate of The Citadel, Watson earned a Master of Divinity degree at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. He previously served as the Children’s Director of Buckhead Baptist Church in Atlanta and as a hospice chaplain resident, endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Watson is a veteran of the United States Air Force.