CBF controller stepping down, interim named to succeed him

Longtime Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leader Gary Skeen will serve as the group's interim director of finance and controller following the departure of Larry Hurst who has taken another position.

By Bob Allen

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Controller Larry Hurst is stepping down after 13 years of service to work for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, a nonprofit organization serving local governments in all 159 Georgia counties.

gary skeenbCBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter announced June 18 that Gary Skeen, who served as chief financial officer for the Fellowship before becoming president of the CBF Church Benefits Board in 2000, will step in as interim director of finance and controller starting June 23.

Skeen will continue as leader of the Church Benefits Board, a ministry created in 1998 by the CBF General Assembly to provide retirement benefits for ministers and staff members of churches that partner with CBF, along with CBF personnel in Atlanta and field personnel worldwide.

Hurst, who worked for secular firms before being hired by CBF, declined to comment on his time with the Fellowship.