Rick McClatchy to lead CBF Texas
By Mark Wingfield
Rick McClatchy has been named the first full-time coordinator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Texas.
The Texas native has spent the last decade in Oklahoma, where since 1995 he has been coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma.
McClatchy, 44, is a graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a doctor of philosophy degree in church history.
He previously served as pastor of University Baptist Church in Shawnee, Okla., Woodcreek Baptist Church in Brownwood, First Baptist Church of Mullin and Rockwood Baptist Church of Rockwood.
“Rick brings a broad knowledge of the cooperative Baptist movement and has had experience as coordinator with CBF Oklahoma,” noted Duane Brooks, pastor of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston and chairman of the Texas search committee. “He has demonstrated his commitment to CBF and will provide positive leadership in assisting the state coordinating council in building a great future for CBF Texas.”
McClatchy also expressed his commitment to the CBF movement as “a group of progressive, grace-filled Baptists striving to be the presence of Christ in the world.”
Nationally, the CBF formed in 1991 in reaction to what many of its adherents call a “fundamentalist takeover” of the Southern Baptist Convention. State affiliates since have sprung up, working most vigorously in states where existing Baptist conventions have followed the path of the new SBC leadership.
Texas Baptists, while strongly resisting the rightward pull of the SBC, have not to this point fielded a strong state CBF organization.
McClatchy expressed hope that CBF Texas might become “a force for positive leadership among Texas Baptists.” This could happen, he said, if CBF-related churches became role models for the state.
He pledged support for the work of the Baptist General Convention of Texas but also said CBF Texas must expand its witness to help the broader Southwestern region of the United States, including New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California.
“Texas CBF will play a crucial role for the CBF movement in the West and needs to responsibly move forward to accept the challenge,” he said in a statement to the search committee.
McClatchy will create a CBF Texas office in the San Antonio area. Currently, the organization's administrative coordinator, Judy Battles, works from Arlington.