Rev. Dr. Terry Smith Appointed CBM Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) announced today that Rev. Dr. Terry Smith has been appointed as its next Executive Director for a five-year term, effective September 25, 2015. The role of the Executive Director is to act as chief executive officer, overseeing operations and providing leadership in setting the strategic direction for the organization. This includes serving as the liaison between CBM’s Board of Directors and the staff to ensure the organization’s ends are met.

Terry has served with CBM for 21 years. He and his wife Heather were appointed by CBM in 1994 while they were serving in urban youth outreach and leadership formation in France. In 2003, they returned to Canada so Terry could assume the role of directing CBM’s global mission strategy and partnerships. Since 2012, he has also served as CBM’s Deputy Executive Director. Under Terry’s leadership, CBM has experienced significant growth in the scope and impact of its global programs. He has been instrumental in CBM’s forging of significant new partnerships and networks.

In addressing the CBM staff today, he affirmed his calling to the role of Executive Director and his love for the organization. Terry stated “When we joined CBM, the words of then-General Secretary Bob Berry were cemented in our mind and heart, and made us want to join CBM: the burden of global missions must be borne not by the missionary alone but by the church and its mission sending agency. Since that day, and with those words, our lives have been forever changed. I am honoured to work with CBM, an organization that understands the centrality of the local church, the power of accountability and team work, the challenges of cross-cultural ministry, the need for clear and coherent systems-based solutions and the beauty and grandeur of God’s mission.”

Incoming Board President Malcolm Card stated that, “It was a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors that we appoint Rev. Dr. Terry Smith as CBM’s next Executive Director. It is clear that his leadership skills, experience, and most importantly his love for mission and the local church, make him the best possible person to lead this organization into the future. We have no doubt that he will ably lead the CBM team into this next phase of strategic global ministry, helping Canadian Baptists to express the calling to be God’s hands and feet in a broken world.”

In addition to his global field and senior management experience, Terry is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology) the Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée (Aix en Provence, France) and the Faculté de Théologie Evangelique (Vaux sur Seine, France). He obtained his Doctorate (D.Min) in Missiology at Acadia University in 2010. He co-authored Going Global (Chalice Press, 2011) and wrote Wordeed, An Integral Mission Primer (2012). Terry has also published several articles on evangelism, gospel and culture, urban mission and missiology. In addition to his work at CBM, Terry has served as Adjunct Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary and taught at Acadia Divinity College and Carey Theological College.

Terry and Heather live in Toronto. Heather teaches Grade 5 French immersion in the public school system. They have with three young adult children, Meghan, Caitlyn, and Nathaniel.


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