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    2017 Report of the Nominating Committee

    Report of the Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee presents the following nominees to the Alliance of Baptists, for its meeting at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 28-29, 2017.


    Allan Burton, Birmingham, Ala.

    (to complete an unexpired term left vacant by resignation; to serve until 2018)

    Board of Directors

    Aaron Austin, Lexington, Ky.

    (to complete an unexpired term left vacant by Allan Burton’s move from the board to the office of secretary; to serve until 2019)

    Jim Dant, Greenville, S.C.

    (to serve a first term until 2020)

    Lisa Darak-Druck, Westbrook, Maine

    (to serve a second term until 2020)

    Tammerie Day, Hillsborough, N.C.

    (to serve a first term until 2020)

    Jessica Lynd, Washington, D.C.

    (to serve a first term until 2020)

    Terryn Nelson, Woodbridge, Va. 

    (to serve a first term until 2020; has served one year to complete an unexpired term)

    Christine Y. Wiley, Fort Washington, Md. 

    (to serve a first term until 2020)

    Endorsing Council

    Ben Curry, Sacramento, Calif.

    (to serve a first term until 2019; will be liaison to the board of directors, of which he is a member)

    Peggy Sanderford Ponder, Birmingham, Ala.

    (to serve a second term until 2019)

    Respectfully submitted,

    Wayne M. Grinstead, Decatur, Ga.

    Michael-Ray Mathews, San Jose, Calif.

    Laura Mayo, Houston, Texas

    Cherie Smith, Baltimore, Md.

    Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

    Paul A. Richardson, chair, Birmingham Ala.

    Paula Dempsey, staff liaison

    Biographical Sketches of Nominees

    Aaron Austin is associate pastor of missions and outreach at Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and a UX/UI engineer with Golden Hour in the same city. With degrees from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) and Baptist Theological Seminary of Kentucky, he has experience in various aspects of ministry, communications, and technology. He, his spouse Melissa, and their two children live in Richmond, Ky.

    Allan Burton lives in Birmingham, Ala., where he is co-director of Hope Manifest, which assists other nonprofits through consultation in fundraising, organizational development, and marketing. A graduate of Samford University and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, he was previously youth camp and summer staff coordinator for Passport, Inc., and associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Ashland, Va. Allan’s wife Valerie is minister of Christian formation at Baptist Church of the Covenant, where their two sons are active. Allan was elected to the board of directors in 2016.

    Ben Curry is an Alliance-endorsed chaplain at Sutter Roseville Medical Center near Sacramento, Calif. Originally from Georgia, he holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. He was ordained by Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga. Ben was elected to the board of directors in 2016.

    Jim Dant is senior minister of First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C. He previously served congregations in Kentucky and Georgia. He has degrees from Georgia State University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. A triathlete, teacher, and player of guitars and cards, he is co-founder of FaithLab, which assists congregations with organization and communication.

    Lisa Darak-Druck, is an IT business analyst for IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine. A graduate of Middlebury College, she is a member of Williston-Immanuel United Church. She and her wife Jani care for three cats and a puppy. Lisa has completed one three-year term on the board of directors of the Alliance.

    Tammerie Day, an Alliance-endorsed chaplain, is an associate supervisor with UNC Health Care. She lives in Hillsborough, N.C., and is also a writer, teacher, and activist whose blog appears at CCblogs. With experience in corporate communication, she holds the Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Methodist University. Tammerie has taught in several institutions and is the author of Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice. She is a member of congregational partner Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Jessica Lynd is an associate with the firm of White & Case in Washington, D.C.  Her work as an attorney is focused in international arbitration and litigation, and she performs pro bono work. A native of Texas who has also lived in Colorado and New York, she earned degrees from George Washington University and American University. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

    Terryn Nelson is a deacon at Riverside Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. A retired Lt. Col. Army Nurse Practitioner, she lives in Woodbridge, Va. In addition to her military service, she has volunteered in such places as Guatemala, where she traveled with Health Talents International on a medical mission. She is an outspoken advocate on justice issues, who has marched for Black Lives Matter, gun control, and PRIDE. Terryn was elected to the Alliance board of directors in 2016 to serve the final year of an unexpired term.

    Peggy Sanderford Ponder is an Alliance-endorsed chaplain at Children’s of Alabama, a pediatric hospital in Birmingham. She also maintains a private practice as a marriage and family therapist. She earned degrees from Samford University, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Montevallo. Peggy is a member and deacon of Baptist Church of the Covenant, and is married to Morgan, a chemistry professor.

    Christine Y. Wiley, is co-pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C.  A Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she holds degrees from Howard University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and last year was awarded a Ph.D. in social work at Howard. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, taught at Wesley Theological Seminary, and collaborated in a variety of interfaith and community ministries. Her husband, Dennis, is co-pastor. They have three children and four grandchildren.