Board of Directors

Board of Directors For the Christian Ethics Today Foundation

Barbara “Babs” Baugh is president of the Texas-based John and Eula Mae Baugh Foundation and the daughter of Sysco Corporation founders John and Eula Mae Baugh. In addition to serving on the board of Christian Ethics Today, she currently serves or has served on numerous boards, including the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Mercer University, Baylor University Alumni Association, and Baptist Child and Family Services. Baugh has worked on behalf of moderate Baptist causes throughout her adult life and is a former member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council. She is a life member of Mercer University President’s Club.

Tony Campolo is a professor of Sociology at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and is the founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, a collection of ministries that serve at-risk youth in urban America. The author of twenty-six books, his Ph.D. is from Temple University. He is also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Convention and serves as associate pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He and his wife Peggy have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Carolyn Dipboye is unique in many ways. After graduation from Mercer University (B.A.), she completed a B.D. and Ph.D. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She did her graduate studies under Henlee Barnette and Glenn Stassen, becoming one of very few SBC females to hold a doctorate in Christian Ethics. Her dissertation subject: “Ecclesiastical Structures of Power in the Political Struggle for Human Rights”! Also she has taught at Southern Seminary, Bellarmine College, and Tennessee Wesleyan College. The author of many publications, she also wrote Women of Faith (New Hope Press, 1999). Numerous civic and ecumenical activities occupy her life including workshop leader, volunteer at the Oak Ridge Y Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity to name a few. She and Larry have two adult children.

Aubrey H. Ducker, Jr. is an attorney living in Orlando, Florida. He grew up in Chattanooga and Cookeville, Tennessee. After high school he joined the Navy and served as nuclear electrician on the USS George Bancroft. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida in journalism and legal studies and graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He established his private law office in 2000; his practice is primarily in Family Law and Elder Law. Aubrey is SS Director at College Park Baptist Church where he and his wife Laurie belong.

Darold H. Morgan is well known to Christian Ethics Today readers through his insightful book reviews. Now President Emeritus of the Annuity Board of the SBC, he served as CEO of the Board from 1972 until 1990. He has pastored several churches in Alabama and Texas, including Cliff Temple BC of Dallas 1966-1971. Dr. Morgan has served as a distinguished professor at Beeson Divinity School and Dallas Baptist University. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (from whom he received his Th.M. and Th.D. degrees) and from Hardin Simmons University (from whom he received B.A. and Doctor of Laws degrees). He and his wife Elizabeth have three children and are members of First Baptist of Richardson, Texas.

Kelly Reese is an active member at the First Baptist Church of Mobile, Alabama, a CBF church, where he has served as chair of the deacons, chair of the most recent pastor search committee, and is a Sunday School teacher. He received his law degree from Florida where he was on the law review. He is a graduate of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University where he was given a full scholarship plus a large cash stipend to study for a Ph.D. degree in social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary with Max Stackhouse who was perhaps the leading Protestant social ethicist in America at that time. Kelly served as teaching assistant to Stackhouse, and he completed his residency requirements for a doctorate. He then chose for good reasons not to write a dissertation but rather to return to the practice of law, and he is now doing that in Mobile. He is married and the father of two children.

David Sapp is pastor of the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta and was a member of the previous Board. After completing his M. Div. and Ph. D. degrees at Southern Seminary, he became Director of Organization at the Christian Life Commission of the SBC from 1976-1981. From 1981-1999 he served the FBC of Chamblee, Georgia, and Derbyshire Baptist of Richmond, Virginia. He has also been an Adjunctive Professor at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer, and Candler School of Theology at Emory. He and his wife Linda have twin sons, Benjamin and Matthew.

Patricia Ayres

Wendell L. Griffen, DDiv, is well-known as a lawyer, jurist, legal educator, religious leader, and public speaker. He serves as pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and also as Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Arkansas. Dr. Griffen is the founder and CEO of Griffen Strategic Consulting which specializes in diversity and inclusion, cultural competancy, strategic planning and development, public policy and government relations, legal affairs, and litigation management. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Christian Ethics Today Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference. Dr. Griffen is the author of two blogs: Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competancy and Justice is a Verb! Blogs.

Suzii Paynter is the Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a Christian network comprised of people and churches that partner in renewing God’s world.

This “denomi-network,” as Paynter refers to it, is a diverse community that includes nearly 1,800 congregations, thousands of individuals and dozens of partners all over the world. CBF supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith to action, including a network of over 100 field personnel ministering in more than 30 countries as well as congregation-focused efforts to enhance the leadership of clergy and laity.

Prior to joining CBF in March 2013, Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Paynter directed public policy initiatives for state and federal issues and led international relief and development projects. During her tenure at the BGCT, which spanned more than a decade, Paynter focused on creating and managing large-scale programs that focus on ministering alongside and advocating for the least of these.

Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, hunger and poverty, human trafficking, immigration reform and the environment. She has been recognized by numerous national religious and secular organizations such as the Sierra Club, American Association of Retired Persons and Samaritan Counseling Centers.

In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award. Paynter’s work has also been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America, and in print publications such as the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office. In September 2015, Paynter was included in the group of national faith leaders that celebrated visit of Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., where she discussed issues of global hunger, religious liberty and climate change with faith and political leaders.

Currently, Paynter serves on the board of Christian Ethics Today, is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee.

A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi. 

George Mason has been senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas since August 1989. His long tenure as pastor follows the pattern of his predecessor, Bruce McIver, who was pastor at Wilshire 30 vibrant years.

George is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, New Baptist Covenant, Duke Divinity School, along with other local and global ecumenical and interfaith endeavors. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the Dallas Morning News on subjects of public interest that intersect religion, such as public education, race relations and predatory lending. He writes a monthly column on public theology for the Lakewood/East Dallas and Lake Highlands editions of the community news magazine The Advocate.

At Wilshire, he birthed and directs the pastoral residency program that has become a model for other congregations nationwide. His book, Preparing the Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation’s Role in Training Clergy, was published in 2012 by Alban Press. One of his passions is encouraging those whom God has called into vocational ministry.

George earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1978 from the University of Miami (Florida), where he was a quarterback on the football team.

He holds both the master of divinity (1982) and doctor of philosophy (1987) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His doctoral field of study was systematic theology, with a minor in philosophy of religion. His dissertation was God’s F

Freedom as Faithfulness: A Critique of Juergen Moltmann’s Social Trinitarianism

A native of New York City, George has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1979. They have three children: daughter Cameron is married to Garrett Vickrey, a pastor in San Antonio, and they have three daughters; son Rhett is married to Callie and is manager of the real estate division of the Dr Pepper Snapple company in Plano, and they have one son; daughter Jillian is married to Chris Shannon and is an actress in New York City.