Suzii Paynter

Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Suzii Paynter is the executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a Christian network comprised of people and churches that partner in renewing God's world. This "denomi-network," as Paynter refers to it, is a diverse community that includes nearly 1,800 congregations, thousands of individuals and dozens of partners all over the world. CBF supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith to action, including a network of more than 100 field personnel ministering in more than 30 countries as well as congregation-focused efforts to enhance the leadership of clergy and laity. Prior to joining CBF in March 2013, Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Paynter directed public policy initiatives for state and federal issues and led international relief and development projects. During her tenure at the BGCT, which spanned more than a decade, Paynter focused on creating and managing large-scale programs that focus on ministering alongside and advocating for the least of these. Paynter serves on the advisory council of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.