Cris Cannon to work with ministers and families
July 20 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Cris Cannon to work with ministers and families | Friday, July 20, 2001

Friday, July 20, 2001

Cris Cannon to work with ministers and families

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor Cris Cannon, former pastor of three N.C. Baptist churches, will become senior consultant for personal and professional growth and team leader for pastoral ministries in the Congregational Services group of the Baptist State Convention's (BSC) General Board staff. Cannon was hired during the July 10 meeting of the BSC's Executive Committee.

Cannon comes to the position from Crievewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., where he has been pastor for three years.

Cannon earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, along with a master of arts degree from East Carolina University. He is a licensed and nationally certified professional counselor, with experience in private practice.

Cannon has served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, Loves Creek Baptist Church in Siler City and First Baptist Church of Eden.

Cannon, who begins work Aug. 6, will perform many of the responsibilities currently handled by Fred McGehee, who will retire at the end of September.

Some shuffling of roles on the pastoral ministries team will also take place, however. Cannon will build on the career assessment network, be the primary resource person for ministers and their families, and serve as the point person for ministers who need emergency assistance, including those who have been terminated.

Cannon will also assume responsibility for the sharing system currently managed by Wayne Oakes, assisting ministers and churches in search of filling positions. This will free Oakes to devote more time to conflict resolution and working with church personnel and pastor-search committees.

Don Bouldin, executive team leader for the Congregational Services group, said, "Cris Cannon is perfect for this task. He's served as a pastor in both small and large congregations. He's exceptionally prepared academically. His background includes congregational and clinical ministries. He loves North Carolina and North Carolina Baptists will love Cris. Fred McGehee has built a great foundation. Cris Cannon is the ideal man to take this ministry to new heights."

Cannon received unanimous approval from the committee.

The committee also learned that Doris Clark, who has served the BSC for 27 years, retired on July 12. Her last position was graphic production designer.

David Clines has begun service as the on-site Honduras partnership coordinator. He is jointly supported by the BSC and the International Mission Board. David, his wife Nancy, and their two children will live in Honduras for the duration of the partnership.

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