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Profiles in Goodwill

Phyllis Boozer is coordinator of the Baptist Fellowship of the Northeast. 1. Where did you grow up? Jacksonville, Alabama. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Matthew 25:31-46. It speaks to me as to how Jesus lived his life, and what is expected from me. 3. What is your […] Read More

Glen Foster is pastor of Pantano Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona, and coordinator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship West. 1. Where did you grow up? Houston, Texas, and Lafayette, Louisiana. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? John 6:1-14. Jesus can do much if we give him what we have […] Read More

Trisha Miller Manarin is executive coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, coordinator for the Division on Mission, Evangelism and Justice at the Baptist World Alliance and director of supervised ministry at the John Leland Center. 1. Where did you grow up? Allentown, Pennsylvania. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the […] Read More

Jason Coker is coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi. 1. Where did you grow up? Shaw, Mississippi (in the middle of the Mississippi Delta). 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Isaiah 58:1-14. This passage is why I moved back to Mississippi after being gone for 18 […] Read More

Terry Maples is field coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia. 1. Where did you grow up? Union Grove, Alabama (near Huntsville). 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Luke 15:11-32. When I read “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen, I understood this parable about God’s […] Read More

Dean Miller is mission development staff coordinator at the Baptist General Association of Virginia. 1. Where did you grow up? Virginia Beach, Virginia. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Micah 6:8. It is a simple yet direct message for a particular people of Israel that so resonates and […] Read More

Jay Kieve is coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC). 1. Where did you grow up? Riverdale, Georgia (a southern Atlanta suburb). 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Numbers 21:4-9. The story of lifting the serpent in the wilderness invites the people to look up […] Read More

Terri Byrd is coordinator of Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I lived in nine different places, all in the southeast U.S., by the time I was married at the age of 21. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the […] Read More

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