Endorsements for Steven Porter
as CBF Global Missions Coordinator
“As a colleague in ministry and personal friend for a number of years, I am delighted to endorse Steven Porter to this new position. Steven possesses the variety of gifts necessary to lead CBF’s mission efforts at such a critical time. He brings a rare balance of both practical experience and missiological expertise to the position as well as a committed CBF identity that demonstrates he knows and believes in who we are as a Fellowship.”
David P. King
Assistant Professor of Christian History, Memphis Theological Seminary
Associate for New Church Starts, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
“It was my privilege to sit as an ex officio member of the Advisory Search Committee for the Global Missions Coordinator. In that role I was able to see the resumes and letters of recommendation for everyone under consideration for the position. All of the applicants were extremely impressive, but I have to say that in my estimation, Steven Porter rose to the top.
“Steven carries himself with humility but also with confidence. His experience running Touching Miami with Love and his academic training in missiology, coupled with his physical vigor will serve him well as he travels the world working with our field personnel and partners. I am confident that his vision for missions will allow him to lead the Fellowship mission efforts with distinction for many years.”
“Steven is a creative and strategic thinker who is committed to building strong institutions that honor historic commitments and meet current challenges. He thinks theologically and practically in a way that both inspires and provides direction. Steven has demonstrated a deep commitment to CBF and the relationships he has established across the movement will be a valuable asset in taking charge of the Global Missions enterprise in the midst of significant transition.”
Executive director, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
“I am so glad Steven Porter is our candidate for Coordinator of Global Missions. Steven brings leadership experience as a professor of missions, and he is a former CBF Field Personnel. I am struck by his sense of calling, his passion and energy for CBF missions, and his strategic engagement with the current global and church context. Stephen is a leader with vision who will work collaboratively with churches and individuals as we follow God’s call to serve the world.”
Senior pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Madison, Ala.
“We interviewed some of the finest candidates with stellar credentials and passion for the gospel. We were ultimately led to Steven Porter, whose academic and hands-on pursuits of Christian witness and justice are extraordinary. Steven impressed us with his keen insights into the current opportunities for global ministry as well as his particular understanding of our CBF context. He represents a new generation of leaders both for CBF and for global Christians everywhere.”
Pastor, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
“The people of Florida have always spoken highly of Steven Porter due to his years of excellent service as the executive director of Touching Miami with Love. I did not know Steven personally and was unsure that a person just over 40 years of age could manage a role of such magnitude. But from the moment I met Steven, I was confident that he could not only handle the role of Global Missions Coordinator, but he could excel in it. Steven is bright, creative and intuitive. He possesses great spiritual depth. Steven has a sincere love for missions and innovative ideas on how Cooperative Baptists can be the hands and feet of Christ in the 21st century. Global Missions, the lifeblood of the CBF movement, is in capable hands with Steven Porter.”
Rachel Gunter Shapard
Associate Coordinator, CBF of Florida
“Steven Porter led one of CBF’s most vibrant ministries in Miami and has been part of calling our seminarians to hear a call to full-time mission service. His heart and mind both call us to evangelism and the Social Gospel. I believe God has uniquely equipped him to lead our mission work for such a time as this.”
Pastor, South Main Baptist, Houston
"I celebrate the selection of Steven Porter as the the new Global Missions Coordinator for CBF. Steven is no stranger to CBF life. He is one of the first generation of students prepared for ministry entirely in theological schools connected with CBF. His heart and mind were formed in a vision of missions that led him to serve as a CBF commissioned missionary and a teacher in one of our CBF seminaries. Steven is a person of vision and passion, with a capacity for strategic thinking about missions. I am confident that he possesses an ability to communicate and challenge the CBF family to a renewal of our commitment in a sustainable and transformational global mission that works collaboratively with the missions team and other partners."
Curtis W. Freeman
Research Professor of Theology
Director of the Baptist House of Studies
Duke University Divinity School