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Profiles in Goodwill

Gary Furr is pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born and raised my first seven years in Concord, North Carolina, but because of dad’s career in retail management I lived in eight cities in five states (North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas) by […] Read More

Alia Abboud is the director of development and partner relations for the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). 1. Where did you grow up? Sierra Leone, West Africa. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Isaiah 41:13. I learned that there is no room for observers in […] Read More

Gordon King serves as Canadian Baptist Ministries’ resource specialist. 1. Where did you grow up? Kaleden, British Columbia, Canada – a rural village of about 300 people. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The Gospel of Luke. I became a follower of Jesus through Luke’s account of the […] Read More

Renee Embree is director of youth and family ministries with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Studies at Acadia Divinity School in Nova Scotia. 1. Where did you grow up? Mostly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in Ottawa, Ontario, but my dad was in the military […] Read More

Brent McDougal is senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up mostly in Alabama (Birmingham and Montgomery), but I also lived in South Carolina and Ohio for several years. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Jesus calling the […] Read More

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry. 1. Where did you grow up? My father was a Baptist pastor so we moved several times during my childhood and teenage years. I was born in Big Spring, Texas, started first grade in Fort Worth, graduated high school in Beeville and went to college […] Read More

Steven Porter is coordinator for global missions at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? Carthage, Missouri. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? 2 Corinthians 5:19. In one verse, Paul summarizes the good news for us and its demand upon us. 3. What is your […] Read More

Eileen Campbell-Reed is coordinator for coaching, mentoring and internship as well as associate professor of practical theology at the Nashville, Tennessee, campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. 1. Where did you grow up? Knoxville, Tennessee. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Hagar captures my imagination and inspires me. […] Read More

Terry Smith is executive director of Canadian Baptist Ministries. 1. Where did you grow up? I was a cross-border kid, spending the first 10 years in Toronto, then eight years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before returning to Ottawa, Canada, for university. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Matthew […] Read More

Lynn Green is general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. 1. Where did you grow up? The historic town of Winchester in the United Kingdom. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Colossians 3:1-3. It reminds me that it is all about Jesus, that I need to […] Read More