By John Pierce
ATLANTA — Susan (Suzii) Youngblood Paynter, executive director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission will lead the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), pending final approval by the group’s governing body next month. She would become the first woman and the third Texan to hold the top leadership position in the 21-year-old moderate Baptist organization.
“ I feel like God has brought me here with gifts from my times in the past…” said Paynter, who has been active in CBF since its founding. “I promise to give my gifts to this body through leadership, service and organization.”