Religious liberty is a cornerstone of our Baptist heritage. During the Executive Coordinator’s Report to the CBF Governing Board in January 2015, Suzii Paynter discussed the expanded partnership between the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance. At the center of this expanded partnership is Mark Wiggs, an attorney, writer, and active member of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, MS. Mark was appointed to serve as the BWA UN Liaison Officer. Mark will also be a CBF representative for US International Religious Liberty organizations.
Mark is the perfect person for this role. He is a passionate advocate of and a champion for religious liberty. Mark has previously served as chairman on the board of directors of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
As part of his new role, Mark will focus on CoNGO – the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationships with the United Nations. As noted on the CoNGO website, this group focuses on committed NGOs that fully participate with the UN in decision-making programs leading to a better world, a world of economic and social justice. CoNGO recognizes the BWA as a full member which entitles the BWA to credentials at UN Meetings in New York, Geneva, and Vienna.
As members of CBF-MS, we look forward to supporting Mark in his new role and praying for religious freedom across the globe.