Speakers Bureau

Global Missions Speakers

Nell Green

Offering for Global Missions Advocate

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Nell Green has served almost 27 years with CBF as field personnel in Miami, Florida, Brussels Belgium, and Houston, Texas. She also has previous field experience in Senegal, West Africa. In a new role as the Offering for Global Missions Advocate, Nell speaks on the important work of field personnel around the world. In telling the missions story, Nell highlights the mission distinctives of CBF Global Missions and the impact of long-term presence.

Javier Perez

Director of Global Missions Programs & Impact

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Javier Perez serves as the director of Global Missions Programs & Impact at CBF, where he provides strategic direction for these programs and strengthens organizational impact in accordance with CBF’s Mission Distinctives. Javier received his seminary education at International Baptist Theological Seminary in Colombia; he also earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Texas. Topics which he can address include missiology from the margins, strategic planning, community development planning, program design, program evaluation, rural development and integral mission.

Taisha Seabolt

Global Missions Personnel and Training Manager

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Taisha M. Seabolt, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) originally from Brooklyn, NY, currently resides in Georgia with her husband and two children. She has worked at CBF since 2015 and has a heart for mission work, having served on the mission field as a CBF Student.Goer and GSCer. Taisha serves as the Global Missions Personnel and Training Manager for CBF, 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 God may be leading them. She also assists with equipping and training them prior to them being sent to the field, as well as supporting them when they are on the field. She engages with anyone in the Fellowship who is interested in exploring a possible call of God to serve in some capacity of field or mission service—whether as a college student looking to serve for a summer or semester, someone looking to serve for two years, or even those interested in a possible lifetime as a career field personnel.

Ellen Sechrest

Manager of Global Missions Engagement

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Ellen Sechrest is a native of North Carolina and is a graduate of both Mars Hill University and Southern Seminary. After serving 30 years in church staff capacities (youth and children, spiritual formation and missions), Ellen came to serve with CBF as the manager of Global Missions Engagement in 2019. In her role, she helps churches deepen their relationships with CBF, with global missions and CBF field personnel. Ellen brings a unique experience of long-term church ministry and a global mission perspective to her work and can assist churches in evaluating and creating thriving mission portfolios, speaking to mission groups and being a worship leader .

CBF Field Personnel

Jade and Shelah Acker – Kampala, Uganda
Eddie and Macarena Aldape – Albacete, Spain
Karen Alford – Togo, West, Africa
Anna Anderson – Rocky Mount, N.C.
Janee Angel – Antwerp, Belgium
Jonathan and Tina Bailey- Bali, Indonesia
David and Lauren Bass – Cambodia
Chaouki and Maha Boulos – Beirut, Lebanon
Brooke and Mike- Southeast Asia
Rick Burnette – U.S. Disaster Response
Christine – Africa/Middle East
Annette Ellard and Steve Clark – Louisville, Ky.


Carson and Laura Foushee – Tokyo, Japan
Nell Green – Rock Hill, S.C.
Jessica Hearne – Danville, Va.
Mary Van Rheenen – Westervoort, Netherlands
Mary – Southeast Asia
Lynn and Michael Hutchinson – Togo, West Africa
Scarlette Jasper – Somerset, Ky.
Jenny Jenkins – Grand Goave, Haiti
Karen – North Africa
Kirk and Suzie – Thailand
Alicia and Jeffrey Lee – Skopje, Macedonia
Dianne and Shane McNary – Kosice, Slovakia
Karen Morrow – Fort Worth, Texas

Matt and Michelle Norman – Barcelona, Spain
Cindy and Eddy Ruble – Malaysia and Indonesia
Gennady and Mina Podgaisky – Kyiv, Ukraine
Lita and Rick Sample – Fremont, Ca.
Greg and Sue Smith – Fredericksburg, Va.
Hannah Turner – Global Service Corps, Research Triangle, N.C.
Missy Ward-Angalla – Kampala, Uganda
Kim and Marc Wyatt – Research Triangle, N.C.

Advocacy Speakers

Stephen Reeves

Executive Director of Fellowship Southwest

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Stephen serves as Executive Director of Fellowship Southwest and leads CBF advocacy efforts. An attorney originally from Texas, he has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of faith and public policy. In leading CBF’s advocacy efforts, he helps churches see how advocacy can be a natural outgrowth of their mission commitments. He can give guidance to churches seeking to incorporate a ministry of advocacy into their congregation, as well as provide issue education in the areas of predatory lending, immigration, religious liberty/church-state separation, and racial justice, among others. He is the co-author of The Mission of Advocacy: A Toolkit for Congregations.

Identity and Young Baptists Speakers

Devita Parnell

Director of the Young Baptist Ecosystem

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Devita Parnell serves the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as the director of the Young Baptist Ecosystem, which allows her the opportunity to develop and deepen connections among young Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the local church. Her ministry focuses on programs and partnerships for children, youth, college students, seminarians, young clergy and young laity. She is available to lead retreats for all ages, provide insights into the future of the church, think creatively about ministry, give guidance on spiritual formation initiatives, and challenge the church in welcoming and including young adults. Devita is a native of Sandersville, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia and McAfee School of Theology.

Outreach and Growth Speakers

Kasey Jones

Associate Coordinator of Outreach and Growth

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Kasey Jones serves as CBF’s Associate Coordinator of Outreach and Growth. 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 her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and Bachelors of Arts from Howard University. She is committed to working toward meaningful transformation within communities and loves working with others to help them live out their faith in such a way that lives and communities can be transformed. Kasey is available to teach or preach, especially focused on CBF’s inclusion work.

Grace Martino

Outreach and Growth Specialist

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Grace is part of the Outreach and Growth Team at CBF and operates from the area of New London, Conn. Grace is knowledgeable in topics that deal with equity and inclusion, CBF growth strategies, the Latino Network, the Young Baptist Ecosystem, and the church renewal process of Dawnings. She looks forward to helping congregations and church groups in any way possible.

Rubén Ortiz

Latino Field Ministries Coordinator

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Since 2017 Rubén Ortiz has served as Latino Field Ministries coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. An ordained minister since 2006, Rubén is a spiritual director and spiritual retreat leader and is a member of the Academy Forum, the Spiritual Directors International, the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association and the Advisory Board of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. With more than two decades of serving Hispanic churches and extensive experience in missions in Latin America, Rubén is a catalytic agent for work in diverse communities. In his role of CBF Latino Field Coordinator, Ortiz is responsible for charting a future for the Fellowship in Latino contexts and implementing related short- and long-term strategies, as well as working to more fully integrate the CBF Latino Network into the life of the Fellowship.

Development and Chaplaincy Speakers

Shauw Chin Capps

President of CBF Foundation and as CBF’s Chief Development Officer

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Shauw Chin Capps serves as president of CBF Foundation and as CBF’s chief development officer. She provides overall leadership and management of the work of the CBF Foundation and leads CBF’s fund development strategies. 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. 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). She can address subjects such as growing your church’s legacy giving program, the ministry of fund raising, best practices for fund raising for churches, and estate planning and charitable giving.

Renée Lloyd Owen

Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

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Renée Lloyd Owen is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-endorsed healthcare chaplain with more than 20 years of experience in meeting the unique spiritual, religious and cultural needs of patients, their families, and healthcare providers. She has served in pediatric hospitals, adult hospitals and hospice in North Carolina, Miami, and Los Angeles. In August 2020, she became the third individual and the first woman, to serve as CBF’s Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Ministries director and endorser. Just prior to joining the CBF Global staff, she served as the executive director of Spiritual Health for the Wellstar Health System in Marietta, Ga. She earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Campbell University. Prior to entering chaplaincy, Renée served on staff at several CBFNC churches in associate minister roles, working with children, youth and in the area of congregational care.

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