By: Charles Barnes, Chair
Board of Directors
The Foundation’s new President, CEO and Treasurer, Richard Carnes, will assume leadership of its ministry on June 1, 2015. The Board of Directors strongly believes that Richard has the qualifications and experience to lead the Foundation’s stewardship ministry in an outstanding manner. I want to take this opportunity to better introduce him to all Kentucky Baptists.
First, it should be noted that it takes a special combination of ministerial and financial training to lead the Kentucky Baptist Foundation. Richard is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a servant’s heart. He loves people and the Gospel. He understands the financial side of the Foundation’s mission by his experience and professional training. From 1988 to 1995 he was President of the Kentucky Baptist Foundation before going back home to Alabama to start the national WMU Foundation. For the last 18 years, he has been a Vice President and Senior Advisor to non-profit investment clients at PNC Bank.
Second, Richard has the natural ability to relate to all Kentucky Baptists who are potential clients and need guidance in making a legacy stewardship commitment to undergird the future Kingdom work of the local church, Cooperative Program, Baptist institutions, and other Baptist causes.
Third, Richard will have a very competent staff and team on board June 1 supporting him. Led by Laurie Valentine, Trust Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, the other members of the team are Barbara Spencer, Administrative/Public Relations Assistant; Janet McIntosh, Accounting Manager; and Katrina Umphrey, Office Assistant. Over the last 90 days as Interim CEO, I have personally seen how dedicated and effective these team members are each day.
In summary, with the leadership of Richard Carnes, the Foundation is positioned very well to serve you. I ask that you pray about your legacy giving opportunity and consider allowing the Kentucky Baptist Foundation to assist you in making your commitment. Richard and the staff will be ready to serve.
For more information, please call us at (502) 489-3533 or toll free in KY at 1(866) 489-3533.