Guest Preacher: Paul Baxley, CBF Executive Coordinator

Guest Preacher: Paul Baxley, CBF Executive Coordinator

FBC & CHBC Welcome CBF’s Paul Baxley to the Pulpit

Sunday, January 29, 2023

9:30AM – Chatham Heights Baptist Church

11:00AM – First Baptist Church

We are honored to host Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley, Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Global, in our pulpit as he visits Southside Virginia.

Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley was appointed the Executive Coordinator of CBF on January 15, 2019. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Baxley has held pastorates and ministry positions in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, and is a former member of the CBF Governing Board. During his two-terms on the CBF Governing Board from 2013-2017, Baxley chaired the Personnel Committee as well as the Global Mission Structure and Staffing Committee, an ad hoc body that worked for 18 months to develop a comprehensive plan for Global Missions committed to the long-term presence of CBF field personnel around the world. He served on the CBF Coordinating Council, the Fellowship’s earlier governance body, from 2009-2010 and chaired the Engaging Missionally Collaborative Team.

Dr. Baxley has been a leader to two CBF state organizations as chair of the New Day Task Force of CBF of North Carolina (2006-2009) and as a coordinating council member of CBF of Georgia (2012-2015), where he chaired the missions committee and was moderator.

Dr. Baxley is a graduate of Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts – Religion, 1991), Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies, 1996), and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Doctor of Ministry, 2003).

Other ministerial roles at CBF churches include serving as interim pastor at Wingate Baptist Church in Wingate, N.C. (2000-2001) and interim minister of youth and college students at First Baptist Church, Winston, Salem, N.C. Additionally, Baxley was campus minister and adjunct instructor in Religion at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C. (1999-2002).

Baxley has also held a variety of leadership roles with CBF partner organizations including the Board of Visitors of Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology (member, 2012-2018 and chair, 2015-2016); Board of Directors of the Baptist House of Studies of Duke Divinity School (member, 2006-2012; chair, 2009-2010); and the Board of Directors of the Center for Congregational Health (member, 2004-2010; chair, 2009). In 2012, Baxley gave the Lawrence Hoover Lectures at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and delivered a sermon titled “Preaching as Participation” at the Mercer Preaching Consultation.

A respected faith leader in his local community of Athens, Baxley currently served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens and chaired the steering committee of the Interfaith Clergy Partnership of Greater Athens.

Baxley was ordained to gospel ministry in 1993 at his home church of First Baptist Church on Fifth in Winston-Salem, N.C. Baxley and his wife, Jennifer, a licensed physical therapist, have four children: Olivia (age 20), Maria (age 15) and twins Caroline and Matthew (age 12).

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