Serves Your Passion

Johnathan Gray

President / CEO

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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.

T: 770.452.8338
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Susan DePasquale

Vice President / CFO, CPA, CGMA

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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.

T: 770.216.7539
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Pamela Mills

Vice President Trust Services

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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.

T: 770.216.7534
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Sam Warner

Vice President of Development

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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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Ray Sullivan

Director of Development - South Georgia

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I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10b

Rev. Sullivan discovered his passion for empowering ministry programs after establishing a pathway for planned giving at First Baptist Church Waycross, Georgia. Calling upon his experiences as a longtime pastor and former business owner, Rev. Sullivan continues his good works in need-based endowment in his role here at Georgia Baptist Foundation.

T: 229.392.1494
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Rick Head

Director of Development - Institutional Endowment

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You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
John 15:16

During his time in higher education development, Rick spent over eight years working to increase endowment, capital campaigns and annual funding in the university sector. At the Foundation, he’s taking this experience to secure the future for Georgia Baptist institutions, grounded in his calling and passion for ministry. The faith-centered outcomes as a result of our work are just one way he is able to fulfill his missionary journey.

T: 770.216.7536
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Candace Cannon, CPA

Client Accounting & Scholarship Director

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But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Candy works directly with clients, clarifying the complications of financial reports to church leadership and guiding use of our online portal. She uses her professional gifts to offer service to Georgia Baptists as well as lead our scholarship ministry. She also helps keep operations running smoothly, so our beneficiaries receive timely payments and updated information.

T: 770.216.7538
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Scott Mitchell, CPA, CGMA, CAIA

Investment Accounting Director

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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

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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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Rachel Pinard

Accountant

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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.

T: 770.216.7541
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Ruth Ruiz

Executive Administrative Assistant

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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.

T: 770.216.7535
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