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Profiles in Goodwill

Jim Kelsey is executive minister of the American Baptist Churches-New York State. 1. Where did you grow up? Outside of Dayton, Ohio, in Kettering. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Jeremiah 29:11-14. It expresses God’s unending goodwill toward us and assures us that God has a future for […] Read More

Chris Smith is pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Euclid, Ohio. 1. Where did you grow up? Akron, Ohio. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Proverbs 3:5-6. These are my life verses. The principles of trusting the Lord, not leaning on my own understanding and acknowledging God in […] Read More

Gus Reyes is director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission. 1. Where did you grow up? Corpus Christi, Texas, and Rialto, California. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Matthew 20:29-32. Jesus stops, listens, is filled with compassion and gives vision to the blind men. […] Read More

John Weaver is the chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an educational charity focused on connecting environment, science and Christianity in the United Kingdom. He was principal of South Wales Baptist College until his retirement in 2011 and served as the president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2008-09. 1. Where did you […] Read More

Stephen K. Reeves is associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? Austin, Texas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Many verses inform my justice-centered work and calling, but I’ve always loved 2 Timothy 1:7. It is a personally […] Read More

Frank Rees is a Baptist pastor in Melbourne, Australia, and an associate professor at the University of Divinity. 1. Where did you grow up? The rural town of Moe, a poor industrial workers’ town in Victoria, Australia. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The story of Jesus’ meeting […] Read More

Holly Hollman is the general counsel and associate executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. 1. Where did you grow up? Jackson, Mississippi. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Lately, I am drawn to Matthew 5:45, particularly as translated in “The Message.” It is comforting […] Read More

Ferrell Foster is director of ethics and justice for the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission. 1. Where did you grow up? The Pleasant Grove section of southeast Dallas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Luke 10:27. I keep it on a chain around my neck […] Read More

Rick Bennett is field coordinator of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? West Palm Beach, Florida, and Ellerbe, North Carolina. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Luke 2:52. It reveals the faithfully human Jesus. 3. What is your favorite movie? Why? The Bourne […] Read More

Marv Knox is field coordinator for Fellowship Southwest, a network that comprises CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) of Oklahoma, CBF of Texas and CBF West. 1. Where did you grow up? Perryton, a small farming, ranching and oil-producing town at the top of the Texas Panhandle. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in […] Read More