Jim Pope named interim CBF chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser, search committee formed

Jim Pope named interim CBF chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser

By Emily Holladay
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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ATLANTA – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has named its associate for military chaplaincy, Jim Pope, as the interim chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser. Pope will assume the interim role as George Pickle, who has served CBF for more than a decade in the position, retires on June 30.
Pope was endorsed by CBF in 1998. He began his role as associate for military chaplains in 2008 and has served as a liaison to the Council on Endorsement.
Bo Prosser, CBF’s coordinator of missional congregations, lauded Pope’s selection.
“Jim Pope brings a wealth of experience to the endorsement process. He has been integrally involved on the Council on Endorsement for several years. His experience as a military chaplain serves us well,” Prosser said.
Pope said he is “both humbled and excited to serve as interim chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser.”
“George leaves us a rich and active legacy of excellence in chaplain and pastoral counseling ministry. Throughout the search process, I will labor to support our chaplains and pastoral counselors already on the field, as well as create and maintain contact with pastors, other ordained ministers and seminarians pursuing CBF endorsement,” Pope said.
In addition to naming Pope as interim endorser, CBF has named a 10-member search committee to fill the vacancy, chaired by Ray Higgins, coordinator of CBF Arkansas. Higgins comes with a legacy of support for the work of chaplains and pastoral counselors, including the formation of a chaplain network in CBF Arkansas, a commitment to help chaplains in Arkansas receive their endorsement through CBF and service as a board member for the pastoral care department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The committee members include:
  • Angela Lowe, hospital chaplain and chair of CBF’s Council on Endorsement, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Angela Clark, hospital chaplain, Matthews, N.C.
  • Rachel Hill, hospital chaplain, Shelby, N.C.
  • Paul Byrd, hospital chaplain, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Andrew Gee, pastoral counselor, Marietta, Ga.
  • John Lepper, pastoral counselor and coordinator of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, Louisville, Ky.
  • Arthur Wiggins, military chaplain, Triangle, Va.
  • Julie Rowan, military chaplain, Woodbridge, Va.
  • Rick Stevenson, military chaplain, Natick, Mass.
The committee is composed of a variety of chaplains and pastoral counselors who represent a diversity of positions and geographic representation.
The search committee will meet for the first time at CBF’s General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C., June 26-28.
“The search committee is a wonderful group of CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors,” Prosser said. “They are all committed to seeing our work with chaplains and pastoral counselors advance and grow. Each brings unique insights into who should lead us into this next chapter. Please pray with us for the group and the work they will be doing.”
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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