Lottie Moon Offering third-largest in history. Southern Baptists gave $149.3 million to the 2012 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The total—finalized in June—surpassed the 2011 offering by more than $2.4 million and marked the third-highest amount given in the offering’s 124-year history. The 2013 offering goal is $175 million.
BJC names communications chief. Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty since 2009, has been promoted to department director. She worked nine years as a producer for WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn., before joining the BJC staff. She replaces Jeff Huett, who started work June 17 as associate coordinator of communications and marketing for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta. A native of Fort Payne, Ala., Crowe is a journalism-and-mass-communications graduate of Samford University, where she was named the school’s broadcast student of the year in 1999. She later earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.Cherilyn Crowe, associate director of communications for the
CBF names interim chaplain endorser. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has named its associate for military chaplaincy, Jim Pope, as interim chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser. Pope will assume the interim role when George Pickle, who has served CBF for more than a decade in the position, retires June 30. Pope was endorsed by CBF in 1998. He began his role as associate for military chaplains in 2008 and has served as a liaison to the council on endorsement. CBF also named a 10-member search committee to fill the permanent position of endorser for chaplains and pastoral counselors. Ray Higgins, coordinator of CBF Arkansas, will chair the committee.