Endorsements for Suzii Paynter as CBF Executive Coordinator
“It is my joy to recommend Suzii Paynter to serve as Executive Coordinator of CBF. She is a person of great vision, with a deep commitment to and life-wish for the Fellowship. Suzii is a strong leader and effective communicator with a gracious spirit who people are drawn to follow. Her boundless energy and stewardship of her time has enabled her to excel in her current job. At the same time, she remains a vital and beloved presence in the congregation as deacon, teacher and mentor, particularly among the young people. All of this emanates from Suzii's profound biblical faith and dependence on the guidance of the Spirit and nurtured by an active and disciplined devotional life. She will lead us well.”
Deacon, First Baptist Church; Austin, Texas
“More than ever, today’s church needs leaders who seamlessly proclaim both the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ and God's call for justice. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was formed around such leadership, and Suzii Paynter stands firmly in that tradition. Suzii will lead the CBF with an enthusiastic and joyful faith and a commitment to holistic mission.”
President, Bread for the World; Washington, D.C.
“Suzii Paynter brings solid Christian piety, cultural competence and a wonderful record for inclusion, organizational effectiveness and team-building as our next Executive Coordinator for CBF. I'm thrilled about what the Holy Spirit will empower CBF to do and be through her coming leadership.”
Pastor, New Millennium Church; Little Rock, Ark.
“Whether directing an organization, working with an interfaith coalition for social justice or advocating for religious liberty, Suzii Paynter has long been a passionate and effective leader. To the role of Executive Coordinator, she brings a wealth of experience, a cooperative spirit and executive skill. Suzii is an excellent choice to lead Cooperative Baptists through the implementation of the 2012 Task Force recommendations and into a bright future as it continues to be Christ’s presence in the world.”
K. Hollyn Hollman
General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty; Washington, D.C.
“The choice of Suzii Paynter to lead CBF is an outstanding decision. Suzii's excellent work at the Texas Christian Life Commission reveals her gifts in building coalitions, community organizing and shaping Baptist identity toward religious liberty, ethics and ecumenical relationships. Suzii knows how to do this for CBF. I hope we can help her in every possible way.”
Bill J. Leonard
Professor, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Wake Forest, N.C.
“I am delighted to see Suzii Paynter selected as the new Executive Coordinator for CBF. I have known Suzii to be an action-oriented, collaborative and visionary leader in her role as Director of the Christian Life Commission for Texas Baptists. Suzii is compassionate, missions-focused and a good listener. I know only a few leaders who demonstrate a passion for the least of these, the marginalized and the under-privileged like Suzii. She is biblically-minded, globally-oriented, energetic and strategic in her leadership approach.”
Albert L. Reyes
President and CEO, Buckner International; Dallas, Texas
“I have had the joy of knowing Suzii Paynter as a friend for many years. She is one of the most gifted individuals I have known. Suzii is a strategist that blends wisdom and sensitivity in a unique way. She has a heart for the marginalized while never fearful of taking on systems when needed. Suzii is full of energy and has a unique ability ot make things happen. I look forward as President of the Baptist World Alliance and as Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia to working alongside Suzii as she gives leadership to CBF.”
President, Baptist World Alliance and Executive Director, Baptist General Association of Virginia; Richmond, Va.
“Suzii Paynter is a person of Christian character with impeccable integrity, and she is my friend. She has a strong commitment to the local church, as well as to Baptist organizational life. She will inspire and lead all of us in caring and creative ways. I believe the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has a bright future.”
Director, Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership, Atlanta, Ga.
“Suzii will lead CBF to new vistas of vitality and unity. She is an extraordinarily gifted leader who has well-honed those gifts. Her life’s work has been bringing people together around important projects and goals which are bigger than any one individual. If she can so effectively do that in the secular political sphere, how much more so among those who love the Lord and want to see God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
Pastor, South Main Baptist Church; Houston, Texas