On February 21, 2013, following a unanimous vote by the CBF Coordinating Council, Suzii Paynter of Austin, Texas, became the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Paynter previously served as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and director of the Advocacy Care Center of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).
Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, hunger and poverty, environmental justice, human trafficking and immigration reform. For more information on Suzii Paynter, see our collection of news, photos, videos and endorsements.
About the Fellowship
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. Our understanding of Baptist faith and practice is expressed by our emphasis on freedom in biblical interpretation and congregational governance, the participation of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and Christian ministry, and religious liberty for all people.
For more than twenty years, CBF has been driven by its mission to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission. Our vision is to be a national and global community bearing witness to the gospel in partnership with Christians across the nation and around the world.
CBF consists of individuals, approximately 1,800 affiliated churches, regional fellowships and ministry partners seeking to be the presence of Christ. Based in Atlanta, CBF partners with 15 theological schools, 18 autonomous state and regional organizations and more than 150 ministry organizations worldwide, and has an annual budget of $12.4 million.
Read more about our mission, priorities and identity here.
Become part of the Fellowship
According to the CBF Constitution and Bylaws, affiliation is measured by contribution. Any church or individual who sends a contribution of any amount is considered a member of the Fellowship with voting rights at the annual General Assembly. Is your church interested in becoming part of the Fellowship? Request an introduction to CBF packet.