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Second CBF leader announces retirement plans

ATLANTA (ABP) — Terry Hamrick, coordinator of missional visioning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, announced he will retire effective June 30, 2012, after more than 15 years as a part of the Atlanta Resource Center’s senior leadership team.


Terry Hamrick

Hamrick’s announcement comes weeks after CBF Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal announced plans to retire, also effective June 30 of next year. CBF leaders said no decisions on the future of Hamrick’s position will be made until recommendations are returned from a 2012 Task Force studying the organization’s effectiveness and the new executive coordinator is named.

“It has been a joy to be a part of CBF’s many transitions since its beginning,” said Hamrick, 61. “I have focused on transitions in CBF, in congregations, in culture and now in my own ministry. I am excited about where this transition might lead.”

Hamrick plans on continuing his ministry by teaching, writing and working with congregations, but he is still discerning what that next step might be.

The North Carolina native joined the staff in October of 1996 as coordinator of church resources after serving as the minister of education at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1990 to 1996.

Hamrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, a master’s degree in religious education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia. In addition to serving on the staff at Broadway, Hamrick was minister of education at First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.; First Baptist Church, Somerset, Ky.; and DeHaven Memorial Baptist Church in LaGrange, Ky.


Lance Wallace is director of communications for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Bob Allen of Associated Baptist Press contributed to this report.