FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2020
Mississauga, Ontario – Canadian Baptist Ministries’ (CBM) Board of Directors announces that Executive Director Rev. Dr. Terry Smith has elected not to renew his contract and will depart from his current role at the conclusion of his 5-year term in October 2020. He has indicated the willingness to continue working with the organization in another role, should that opportunity be present.
Terry has served with CBM for 26 years in various capacities. He and his wife Heather served as missionaries in France with CBM beginning in 1994. In 2003, he returned to Canada to direct CBM’s international partnerships and programs.
During Terry’s time as Executive Director, the organization has seen positive change in many areas. Several new initiatives both within Canada and globally have been launched under Terry’s leadership and direction, such as the development of new marketplace ministries, gender-based initiatives and a focus on Indigenous relations. During his tenure he has also made it a priority to bring new leadership onto the staff and helped mentor them into senior roles within the organization.
Says Terry, “My time as Executive Director has been one of rich blessing, but I have prayerfully discerned that I should not seek renewal of my mandate. Over the past 4 years our team has set out on a new course and the organization is in a good place. Our ministry is now being led by a very dynamic and committed group of leaders in whom I have the utmost trust. As Heather and I prayerfully consider retirement within a few years, this seems an opportune time to hand over leadership to younger leaders. I have seen this modelled well and it’s important to know when it’s time to give over leadership to others.”
Heather Rumble Peterson, CBM’s Board President, states that “We are very appreciative of the professional, dedicated and passionate leadership that Terry has given CBM over the last four and one/half years as Executive Director and in his role prior to that. Terry’s leadership will be missed at all levels of our organization. He has played an integral role in the success of CBM. We acknowledge his efforts and thank him for the unconditional commitment and dedication throughout the years.”
In the coming months, CBM’s Board of Directors will engage in a search and recruitment process for the next Executive Director. Please be in prayer for Terry and CBM’s Board of Directors and staff, as they seek God’s leading for the future.
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