by Suzii Paynter, CBF Executive Coordinator
After a thorough process by a well-composed search committee, it is with great pleasure that the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will announce publically today that Steven Porter is the organization’s new Coordinator of Global Missions.
Steven is a strategic and innovative former CBF field personnel and former director of one the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s flagship urban ministries. He served as the executive director of Touching Miami with Love from 2001 to 2005. Touching Miami with Love was founded in 1995 with the aim to share the love of Christ by providing hope, opportunities and resources with the city’s Overtown community.
Steven holds ordination in the National Baptist Convention (USA) and currently teaches courses on the history and theology of Christian mission, including one titled “Evangelism: A Contextual Approach,” at one of CBF’s partner schools, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. His academic pursuits have provided connections to other CBF partner schools as well. He earned an M.Div. at Candler School of Theology and is pursuing a Th.D. from Duke University Divinity School, where he has been involved in the Baptist House of Studies. He has also taught courses in evangelism at William Jewel College, in Liberty, Mo., and served as a teaching assistant at Duke Divinity.
Steven was commissioned as a field personnel on CBF’s Urban Team in 1998 and served in Miami until 2005. During that time, he was also pastor of Downtown Mission, Central Baptist Church in Miami. In his work with Touching Miami with Love and through his various academic pursuits, he has connected with many of CBF’s state and regional organizations, including CBF of Florida, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, CBF of Missouri (now CBF Heartland), CBF of Texas and CBF of North Carolina. In North Carolina, he served on the Wealth and Poverty Task Force; and in Texas, on the global CBF Missions Council. He currently is the chair-elect of the CBF Missions Council.
At CBF, Steven looks to build on the organization’s strengths to help it become more collaborative in its global missions work, including closer integration with local congregations and the congregational ministries side of CBF.Internationally, Steven has developed a passion for building relationships with Christians from the Global South having served three stints as an international student, leading an international student ministry in Miami and participating in the work of the Baptist World Alliance and the International Association of Mission Studies. In 2010, he was the recipient of a Henry Luce Foundation Research Grant for work at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
To help select CBF’s new Coordinator of Global Missions, a 12-member search committee chaired by CBF of North Carolina Missions Coordinator Linda Jones formed in October. The committee was made up of individuals from across CBF life, including pastors, former field personnel and staff members from CBF state and regional organizations.
Members of the committee were:
- Linda M. Jones (chair), Missions Coordinator, CBF of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Ryan Clark, Specialist and Training Manager for Global Missions, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Decatur, Ga.
- Bill Coates, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.
- Arville Earl, Retired CBF Field Personnel, Talmo, Ga.
- Chris Ellis, Minister of Mission and Outreach, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.
- Beverly Greer, Retired Missions Coordinator at CBF of South Carolina, Belton, S.C.
- Bill McConnell, CBF Moderator, Knoxville, Tenn. (Ex-officio member)
- Michael Oliver, Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Madison, Ala. (Missions Council representative)
- Joe Phelps, Pastor, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
- Rob Sellers, Professor of Theology and Connally Professor of Missions, Logsdon School of Theology, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas
I am excited that Steven will be joining our staff and eagerly anticipate him starting his work on September 1.
For more information on Steven Porter, go to www.thefellowship.info/porter. There, you’ll find links to the full news release, additional biographical information, a video, a photo gallery, endorsements and a column from Linda Jones, the chair of the advisory search committee.