LOUISVILLE–The Mission Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention met the newly appointed interim president of Sunrise Children Services and filled two key positions on the convention’s staff during its Dec. 10 meeting.
Dale Suttles, a regional advancement director at Sunrise, was named as the child care agency’s interim president at a special called meeting of its board of trustees Nov. 26 at an off-campus location. Suttle’s appointment follows a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Sunrise’s president, Bill Smithwick, during the KBC annual meeting in Paducah Nov. 12.
Members of the Mission Board approved the appointment of Roger Alford, bivocational pastor of Long Ridge Baptist Church in Owenton, since 2009, as the KBC’s communications director. A graduate of Union College in Barbourville, he also is supervisory correspondent for the Associated Press bureau in Frankfort, covering state government and politics.
Alford previously has served as an AP correspondent in Pikeville and as a staff writer for the Columbus Dispatch, the Portsmouth Daily Times, The Ashland Daily Independent and The Middlesboro Daily News.
The Mission Board also approved hiring Andy McDonald as the KBC’s affinity evangelism strategist, a newly created position—leaving only one remaining vacancy on the KBC staff, noted KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood.
McDonald currently serves as minister of students and discipleship at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville. A graduate of William Tyndale Bible College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he previously has served in similar capacities at Zion Baptist Church in Henderson and Memorial Baptist Church in Frankfort.
In his first address as the new KBC president, Chip Hutcheson drew upon the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, to challenge the Mission Board.
Bartimaeus, said Hutcheson, a member of Princeton’s Southside Baptist Church, was not going to be discouraged by naysayers. He also did not worry about his handicap or complain about what he could not do. Instead, he set aside anything that would hinder him from reaching the Lord.
Asserting that “we need more Bartimaeuses in our world,” Hutcheson emphasized that when Jesus heard his desperate cry, He stood still. “Jesus stood still for me, and He stood still for you,” Hutcheson said.
“Do I stand still?” Hutcheson asked. “I can be awful busy,” the Times Leader editor said, urging Kentucky Baptists to stand still to see the needs of others.
In other action, the Mission Board approved a recommendation from its business and finance committee that $365,500 of $563,050 in unspent budget funds from fiscal year 2012-2013 be retained in the KBC’s current unrestricted fund balance to be used for ongoing staff transitions.
The board also approved transferring the remainder of $198,550 and short-term interest funds of $52,450, totaling $250,000, for distribution to various year-end mission board needs in 2014, including:
- $15,000 for ministers in need;
- $20,000 for communications/media equipment;
- $15,000 for unlimited partnerships project;
- $30,000 for computer software development;
- $2,500 for staff wellness emphasis;
- $67,500 for repairs to the exterior wall of the Kentucky Baptist Building;
- $75,000 for replacement and repair at campus ministry facilities;
- $25,000 for computer equipment.
Don Mathis, chairman of the business and finance committee, reported that CP giving for September through November was 5 percent above the same period last year.
by Todd Deaton, Western Recorder