Patricia Shield Ayres (Pat) has made lifelong commitments to serving others, seeing us all as members of one human family. Pat has been particularly concerned with the needs of children and has been active on both domestic and international levels. In 1971, she was appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe to the board of the Texas Youth Commission, a state agency responsible for adjudicated youth. For many years, she served as a national board member and board president of Bread for the World, a citizens’ movement that advocates to alleviate hunger in the United States and around the world. In addition to this board, she also serves on the board of New Baptist Covenant.
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.
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 Sunday school director at College Park Baptist Church.
Wendell L. Griffen, D.Div., 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.
Fisher Humphreys, Chairman, is Professor of Divinity, Emeritus at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Humphreys retired from Samford University after more than 28 years teaching Christian theology, following an even longer tenure on the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Th.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is an ordained Baptist minister. He is author of Thinking About God: An Introduction to Christian Theology and many other books and articles. He is a noted Baptist theologian whose teachings and writings have shaped several generations of pastors, missionaries and theological students. About his own life’s work, Humphreys has said: “My theology is church theology. I do thinking about God in the fellowship of the church.” In this way, his self-understanding of his vocation as a theologian of the church is commended, and the importance of thinking clearly and faithfully about God in the fellowship of the church is seen to be a vital component in the life of the faith.
George Mason has been senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, since August 1989. He 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, came out of his passion to encourage those whom God has called into vocational ministry. George holds both the master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Suzii Paynter is the Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a diverse community that includes nearly 1,800 congregations, thousands of individuals and dozens of partners all over the world. Prior to joining CBF, Paynter served as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. 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, Samaritan Counseling Centers and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Her 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 addition to this board, Paynter also is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee and the New Baptist Covenant.
Kelly Reese is an active member at 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 the University of 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 to study with Max Stackhouse for a doctorate in social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary. Stackhouse 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.
David Sapp, a speaker, writer and minister at large, is former pastor of 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.