Tennessean Bill McConnell tapped as CBF moderator-elect
By Rob Marus
Monday, March 19, 2012
ATLANTA – Knoxville, Tenn., businessman Bill McConnell has been recommended by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Nominating Committee to serve as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s next moderator-elect.
McConnell is a partner in the Knoxville firm Rogers and Morgan, which sells industrial environmental equipment. He has served as a member of the CBF Coordinating Council, and most recently was its Finance Committee chair.
“I am honored to be nominated for this position, and my decision to accept it came after much prayer and conversations with several people whose counsel I respect,” McConnell said. “Having worked through the budget process last year, I know quite well the financial challenges facing the Fellowship. We are facing a critical time in CBF’s life with the retirement of Daniel Vestal, the naming of a new executive coordinator and the implementation of the organizational restructuring that will result from the 2012 Task Force report. I truly believe that God will lead us to make these huge changes successfully and continue to be the presence of Christ in the world.”
A member and immediate past deacon chair of Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, McConnell has also served on the Tennessee CBF Coordinating Council. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Wake Forest University. His wife of 46 years, Carolyn, is a retired teacher. They have two sons – Scott, who lives in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife and two daughters; and Christian, who lives in San Antonio with his wife.
South Carolina minister Christy McMillin-Goodwin, CBF’s immediate past-moderator and chair of the Nominating Committee, said McConnell was a natural choice for the position.
“I am thrilled that Bill has been nominated and has agreed to serve as our next moderator-elect. He has proven his effectiveness as a leader by providing excellent leadership as chair to our Finance Committee last year as we struggled to balance our budget. He responded to a difficult budget year with clear-headedness and compassion. Because of his good work and the work of his committee, CBF has a good chance to meet our budget this year.”
The election for the post will take place at the General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 22. The moderator-elect’s chief responsibility is to preside over the Assembly and the Coordinating Council in absence of the moderator. The moderator-elect automatically succeeds the moderator at the conclusion of a one-year term without a vote by the Assembly.
Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., is the current moderator-elect. He will succeed current moderator Colleen Burroughs, vice president of Passport on June 22, at the conclusion of the General Assembly. Burroughs will assume the role of immediate past moderator, whose chief duty is to chair the Nominating Committee.
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.