The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Committee members and trustees approved retirement resolutions and made personnel changes during a virtual meeting on Nov. 16. Personnel changes included naming Mike Jackson as the new associate executive director.
Resolutions were adopted honoring the retirement of Bobby DuBois and Barry Bledsoe.
DuBois has served with the SBOM since October 1990 and as associate executive director since 2000. In that role, he provided leadership for the day-to-day operations of the SBOM and served as chief operations officer and chief financial officer, supervising personnel in accounting services, church compensation service and facility services.
Division of responsibilities
As with what happens with high-performing personnel over time, especially in ministry roles, DuBois managed work that not only tied directly to the associate executive director position but also responsibilities he brought with him to the position and new responsibilities that landed in his area along the way.
Before naming a new associate executive director, an internal examination of the position allowed the SBOM to reshuffle ministry assignments to best outline the role of the associate executive director for the future and allow for consistency in the human resources and accounting services area of work.
Jo Ellen Johnson, a certified public accountant, who most recently served as accounting services coordinator for the SBOM, will assume the responsibilities that fall in her area of work as the new director of financial services and human resources.
Jackson’s role as associate executive director will be as the chief operations officer and second chair to executive director Rick Lance.
Jackson has served with the SBOM since September 2004, most recently as director of the office of LeaderCare and church health.
Ken Allen, formerly a church health strategist in the office of LeaderCare and church health, is now director of that office.
Doug Rogers, director of the newly named communications and Cooperative Program office (formerly known as communications and technology services), also has been promoted to team leader of the SBOM missions support team. The missions support team includes work in the areas of Christian ethics, communications, CP, stewardship and technology.
All staff transitions and the office name change were effective as of Nov. 16.
“Each of these leaders has demonstrated a singular commitment to Christ and His Great Commission,” Lance said. “That is indeed the focus of all state missionaries.”
A resolution was also approved in honor of Barry Bledsoe, who will retire April 1, 2021, after 20 years as president of The Baptist Foundation of Alabama.
Read the full text of the resolutions honoring DuBois and Bledsoe by clicking here.
State Missions Celebration
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention was scheduled for Nov. 17–18 at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, but was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today (Nov. 17) at 2 p.m., there will be an hour-long online State Missions Celebration. No business will be transacted during the online meeting in accordance with ABSC bylaws and procedures, which call for current state convention officers, SBOM officers, trustees, commissioners and committees to remain in place until the 2021 annual meeting.
The convention’s 2021 budget will remain the same as the 2020 budget.
Join the audience for the State Missions Celebration at https://live.alsbom.org 2 p.m. today.
An IMB Sending Celebration originally scheduled to be held in Montgomery will be held virtually on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. (Central). Join the virtual audience for the Sending Celebration at https://live.alsbom.org.
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