Cooperative Baptist Fellowship hires Perkins Lee, organizes staff to best resource churches

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has hired Ruth Perkins Lee as manager of congregational services and has begun to re-organize staff around the changes called for in the 2012 Task Force report.

By CBF Communications

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has hired Ruth Perkins Lee as manager of congregational services and has begun to re-organize staff around the changes called for in the 2012 Task Force report.

Perkins Lee, who currently serves as minister of students at First Baptist Church, Auburn, Ala., will begin work at the Fellowship Resource Center in Atlanta on Jan. 1. A graduate of Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, a CBF partner seminary, Perkins Lee recently served as a member of CBF’s 2012 Task Force and is part of the Implementation Team.

“Ruth is going to be an invaluable resource to us in translating our work into the direction of the 2012 Task Force report,” said Bo Prosser, the Fellowship’s coordinator of Missional Congregations. “As a member of the task force, Ruth brings a depth of understanding to the direction they were leading. She will definitely help us manage the details of transitions and help us stay intentional in this.”

The Ministries Council, which is outlined in the 2012 Task Force report, will relate to the Fellowship’s Missional Congregations department. With the implementation process started, Prosser says he is structuring his staff with the report and its emphasis on a partnership model in mind.

Staff responsibilities include:

• Devita Parnell, missional resources specialist, will provide leadership to spiritual formation, developing resources, guiding leadership scholars, developing retreats and networks, encouraging spiritual formation and managing special events.

• Harry Rowland, missional church engagement specialist, will give leadership to networking, CBF Days at partner school, church start ministries and mission communities.

• Clarissa Strickland, CBF’s networking specialist, continues manage the organization’s reference and referral services, helping connect clergy with open positions and churches with candidates.

• George Pickle, chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser, and Jim Pope, chaplaincy associate for military chaplains, continue to serve the more than 600 CBF-endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors.

• Terry Hamrick, who left the CBF staff earlier this year, is under contract to manage the CBF Fellows program for new ministers, which is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

• Steve Graham, who left CBF national staff earlier this year to become the coordinator for CBF of Oklahoma-Kansas, will continue to be a part of the leadership team of CBF’s peer learning groups, directing the West region.

• Wanda Kidd, contract worker for collegiate ministries, continues to lead the Fellowship’s collegiate ministry, working with students at the General Assembly and directing the Congregational Internship program.

• David King, contract worker for new church starts, continues to work with church starters and new congregations.

“We have to position ourselves for the coming transitions,” Prosser said. “We are strategically organizing for partnering, for collaborating and for moving from the current resource model to the ministry partnership model.  These are exciting days for the Fellowship and for our area of ministry within the Fellowship.”

CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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