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Serves Your Passion

Our team is staffed with highly qualified and gifted individuals. Exceptional in their disciplines, the Georgia Baptist Foundation Team is constantly honing their skills to deliver the most professional, current, and proven solutions for you.

Johnathan Gray

President / CEO

Johnathan Gray

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Phil 1:20-21

Dr. Gray has a long history of faithful stewardship, serving as senior pastor of a local church for several years before joining the Foundation as the Central Area Director of Development. His calling has led him to Fort Worth, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky where he earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Seminary. He led the establishment of the Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation prior to returning to Georgia, and in his studies, he laid the foundations for his current role as GBF President with a doctoral emphasis on church endowment and cooperative missions giving.


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Susan DePasquale

Vice President / CFO, CPA, CGMA

Susan Depasquale

He has told you, O man, what is good; but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

Susan oversees operations and finance at the Foundation, with an eye for detail when it comes to financial reporting. She excels at building relationships with banks, businesses and faithful givers, stewarding just the right terms to preserve the good interests of the funds we administer. Her protective instincts are rooted in care, as we all honor gift intentions with the respect they deserve.

Susan’s vast expertise and experience as a CFO, CPA, and Controller provide her with a wealth of wisdom to share in the areas of accounting, human resource management, UPMIFA, non-profit leadership, and Christian Women Executives.


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Pamela Mills

Vice President Trust Services

Pamela Mills

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Starting at the Foundation in our records department, Pam now serves as the primary point of contact between trust account donors and GBF. In that early role, she had the opportunity to uncover the rich history of the Foundation’s impact, and to this day, she is still moved by the generosity of the Georgia Baptist family in support of our mission.


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Sam Warner

Vice President of Development

Sam Warner

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I Corinthians 2:9

Finding his calling in the local church, Sam took an active role in ministry finances from the start. Over the years, he has advised congregations and church leaders on faithful stewardship strategy, and he shares his enthusiasm for God’s gifts by enabling ministries to multiply their efforts. Helping ministries manage funds and individuals invest through planned giving are cherished aspects of his daily work.


T: 770.216.7542
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Nathan Russell

Regional Development Officer

Nathan Russell

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2

Having served as a worship leader in his local church and having worked as an insurance professional, Nathan brings experience from both the ministry and business worlds to the Foundation. As the Associate Development Officer for South Georgia, Nathan is passionate about helping Baptist churches, organizations, and individuals be faithful stewards of all that God has blessed them with.


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John Bryan

Regional Development Officer

John Bryan

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

John has served multiple churches as a senior pastor in Georgia as well as many interim pastorates across our state. He was formerly the Lead Missionary for Stewardship with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary and earned a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.

His desire is to equip churches maximize faithful stewardship in every way possible.


T: 770.855.9665
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Scott Mitchell, CPA, CGMA, CAIA

Investment Accounting Director

Candy Cannon

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
Ephesians 2:8

With sharp skills in accounting, analytics and advanced spreadsheet techniques, Scott has been on the financial services side of ministry for almost a decade. He also holds the highest designation for alternative investments. Honored to oversee our investment fund accounting, he finds joy in advancing the Kingdom of God by serving the unique needs of our clients.


T: 770.216.7543
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Nancy Patterson

Director of Donor Relations

Nancy Patterson

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
1 Chronicles 16:9

As a pastor’s wife and customer service veteran, Nancy leverages her professional and personal experiences to build bridges with our generous givers. We love the hearts of the people we serve, and to show our appreciation for their donations, we organize visits, special events and communications with Nancy’s leadership.


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Chad Freeman

Director of Communications

Chad Freeman

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:3-4

Having served the last 18 years as an overseas communications missionary, Chad keenly understands communication strategies and the critical role they play in an organization. As the GBF Director of Communications, he is responsible for managing the public relations aspect within the organization by building and sustaining GBF’s reputation for quality, reliability, and client satisfaction.

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Rachel Pinard


Rachel Pinard

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Rachel has worked in many aspects of safeguarding gifts to the Foundation, from trust accounting and scholarship administration to internal auditing. Now she specializes in records preservation, where she enjoys researching the history of our trusts and connecting the personal stories of our gift givers, taking the temporary and translating it into a format that will last. She is also one of the warm voices you often hear over the phone when you contact our office.


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Ruth Ruiz

Executive Administrative Assistant

Rachel Pinard

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Ruth is at the frontline of the Foundation’s operations and communications. In addition to her duties of assisting our President, CFO, and Directors of Development. Ruth touches all of our correspondence and events, and she even has a hand in our web design and updates. As a pastor’s wife, she understands the demands of church ministry. With a warm smile, she brings joy to everyone she encounters, serving in the strength of Christ.


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Courtney Fields

Marketing Associate

Courtney Fields Allen

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 3:8

Courtney began her professional life by working in television media and digital marketing for Christian nonprofits in Southwest Georgia. Her passion for serving the Lord and others through communication arts is cultivated through her work as a Master of Arts in Theology student and through her role at the Foundation. As Marketing Associate, Courtney assists the Development and Communications teams by promoting the mission of the Foundation in printed and digital media.


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Jessica Wade

General Counsel

Jessica Wade

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4

Jessica graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration and a double minor in Psychology and Nonprofit and Philanthropy Studies. She then went on to Mercer Law School where she graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2020. Jessica is well versed in the world of Estate Planning and Probate through her work in a small firm in Middle Georgia.


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Elizabeth Hearn

Ministry Services Associate

Elizabeth Hearn

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians: 4:6-7

Having spent many years working as a communications specialist in a local church, Elizabeth is excited to continue her work serving Christians in Georgia. She loves hearing the stories of our donors and assisting them as they endeavor to further Kingdom work through their generosity! Elizabeth spent a decade working with local news agencies in and around Georgia. Now she loves to spread the news about all the great things happening at the Georgia Baptist Foundation!


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Kimberley Henry

Staff Accountant

Kimberly Henry

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Colossians 3:23

Kimberley graduated Georgia State University with two Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration in 2016. She has worked in the Accounting and Insurance for the past 11 years. She has a heart for serving others and enjoys working to advance the Christian ministry.


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