CBF hires Reba Cobb as number two administrator
March 2 2001 by Greg Warner , Associated Baptist Press

CBF hires Reba Cobb as number two administrator | Friday, March 2, 2001

Friday, March 2, 2001

CBF hires Reba Cobb as number two administrator

By Greg Warner Associated Baptist Press ATLANTA - The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) elected a woman to its No. 2 staff position Feb. 22. Reba Sloan Cobb of Louisville, Ky., will serve as the organization's chief operating officer in a newly created position titled "Resource Center Coordinator."

Cobb, 57, was elected without opposition by the CBF's Coordinating Council on the recommendation of a seven-member search committee. Since 1998 she has been executive director of the Louisville-based Kentuckiana Interfaith Community, an agency representing Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim organizations.

A longtime volunteer leader in CBF, Cobb now will coordinate the work of the CBF's 48 staff members, most based in Atlanta. She also will implement the organization's strategic plans, cultivate its partnerships with related organizations and manage its infrastructure, support systems, finances, administration, human resources and information technology.

The new position will allow Coordinator Daniel Vestal, as chief executive officer, to focus primarily on external relations. These include cultivating CBF's partnerships with churches, directing fundraising and leading the Coordinating Council.

"I have known Reba for 10 years," Vestal said. "I personally am looking forward to working with her. I feel the touch of providence in her selection."

Cobb explained why she took the job: "I love a challenge, and we have a challenge before us. ... This (administration) is what I love to do. ... I felt the call of God. ... (And) I have a passion for CBF."

Cobb will begin her duties March 15 and move to Atlanta by May 1. Her salary is within the CBF-prescribed range for the position - $110,000 to $120,000.

Cobb is a widow. Her husband, Dwight, died in 1995. She has two grown sons and one grandchild.

A 30-year resident of Louisville, she previously was president of the Center for Women and Families in Louisville (1992-98). She also has worked in politics - as an unsuccessful candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives, assistant to the state attorney general, and manager of a successful campaign for that office.

An ordained minister, Cobb was youth minister for Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville. She was co-founder and coordinator of the Center for Women in Ministry and a board member of Southern Baptist Women in Ministry. She was a trustee of Georgetown College and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

She has been involved with CBF since its inception. She was a member of the original Coordinating Council, program chair for the CBF's annual meeting in 1997 and a leader in the founding of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.

Cobb, who grew up on a farm in Alabama, holds a bachelor's degree from Samford University (1965) and a master of arts degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1967).

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