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FROM THE STATES: New Georgia COO is former Send Relief president; Arkansas camp staff take new positions


Former NAMB Send Relief president is new Georgia Baptist COO
By Scott Barkley

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) — David Melber, former president of SEND Relief for the North American Mission Board, began as chief operations officer for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board on July 15.

In his role, Melber will oversee GBMB financial services, human resources, Disaster Relief, associations, and all property and facilities.

“David Melber provides a wealth of experience and expertise to this position,” said Georgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr. “While he will be giving leadership to the business side of the GBMB, it is important to know that he is a spiritual leader who maintains a vibrant relationship with the Lord.

“I am excited about this addition because it makes us better. We will be able to serve our pastors, their families, and churches more effectively and efficiently.”

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Three resign from Arkansas Baptists’ Camp Siloam to pursue other opportunities
By Jason Wilkie

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (BP) — Three staff members at Arkansas Baptists’ Camp Siloam have resigned to take ministry positions with other organizations.

Robert Coppedge, Camp Siloam’s director of programs, will become associate director of enrollment and selection at Impact 360 institute in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Impact 360 Institute has been cultivating leaders who follow Jesus. Through biblical worldview education, community-based discipleship, leadership coaching, vocational mentoring, and missional opportunities, students are equipped to live as change-agents in the world.

In addition, Chris and Summer Wright, who served at Camp Siloam as guest experience director and maintenance manager, were called to serve at a U.S.-based missions organization called Children’s Bible Ministries.

Children’s Bible Ministries organizes Bible studies for elementary age kids. During the Bible Studies, children earn points to go to summer camp.

Before coming to Camp Siloam Chris, Summer and their son Tristan served at Camp Gilead, a Children’s Bible Ministries camp in Florida. They will return to serve at that camp and in the organization as full-time missionaries.

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