Ky. Baptist Foundation president gives retirement notice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Richard Carnes, the president and CEO of the Kentucky Baptist Foundation, will serve one more year before retiring after completing a dozen years of service to Kentucky Baptists.

Carnes served as the Foundation president and CEO from 1988 to 1995 and has currently served a second term beginning in 2015 as its president and CEO. He had also served with the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board financial staff from 1982 to 1988.

Carnes’ retirement will be effective June 30, 2020.

“I am a fortunate individual that has been blessed not once, but twice, to serve in an executive leadership role with the Kentucky Baptist Foundation,” Carnes said. “The opportunity to serve my Lord and Savior through this stewardship ministry, and to be a fellow servant with tremendous men and women of the Foundation Board, is an honor and a privilege that I will forever cherish.”

Carnes said the timing was right for him and his wife Karen and has been a matter of prayer for them both.

“Each executive, at their own time, begins to contemplate when the baton of leadership should be passed and personal retirement from the daily leadership responsibilities of the office should occur,” he said. “My wife Karen and I have actively prayed about this decision for several months. As the personal sense of rightness of this decision began to solidify in my heart and mind, I decided this is the right time to inform the KBF Board of Directors of my intent to retire from my position one year from now.”

Carnes said he had “a great sense of satisfaction to report that the KBF is in a healthy relationship position with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and its churches. I discerned soon upon my beginning this most current tour of service with the KBF, that these relationships would be my primary task and the focus of my energies. The leadership of the KBF Board of Directors and the KBC have been a vital part of this effort and I’m confident they feel we’ve advanced the mission of the Foundation. “

As for the future, Carnes said “the KBF is blessed to have in place, a solid staff of professionals that foster a wonderful atmosphere of collegiality with each other and a commitment to serve every one of our clients in a Christ-honoring way. I,have been honored to be their colleague.”

He asked for everyone to pray as they go through the transition period of finding his successor.

“The Foundation is also very fortunate to have the benefit of the wise counsel of our long-tenured corporate legal counsel, Randy Gibson, and the long-standing professional services of our other external vendors that provide great operational stability.”

KBF board chairman Charles Barnes said Carnes “was indeed God’s man for this era in the history of KBF’s ministry to Kentucky Baptists. The Kentucky Baptist Foundation, thanks to Richard Carnes’ leadership, is positioned to have a strong impact in providing resources for KBC missions and ministries.”

The KBF Executive Committee will serve as the search committee for Carnes’ successor. Information about how to submit a recommendation or application will be announced soon.

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