Calmer steps down as MBF president - Word&Way

Calmer steps down as MBF president

Chris CalmerChris CalmerJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Christopher Calmer has stepped down as president and treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Foundation, effective on June 25.

Calmer, president for four years, has accepted a position with UMB Bank, according to an MBF press release.

Foundation Executive Vice President Stephen Mathis has been named as interim president. He served in that role when former president Jim Smith retired to assume a similar post with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation in Atlanta, Ga., in September 2010. Mathis also filled in as interim before Smith was hired in 1983.

Before becoming president in 2011, Calmer served the Foundation in various capacities for 14 years.

“Chris has done an outstanding job during his tenure as president,” MBF Trustee Chairman Larry Guess said in the press release. “We have witnessed significant improvements in every facet of the work of the Foundation under his leadership and we truly appreciate all that he has done.”

In addition to his work with the Foundation, Calmer served as a bivocational music minister and volunteered with several ministries, including Sports Crusaders, the Jefferson City YMCA and the Missouri Baptist Credit Union.