NYC church planter to lead NAMB moblization efforts
By Mickey Noah
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Aaron B. Coe, 34, has been appointed to the
new position of vice president-mobilization, to be based in Alpharetta, Ga., as
part of a restructuring by the North American Mission Board, according to NAMB
president Kevin Ezell. Coe will
report directly to Ezell.
Coe’s appointment was approved Feb. 9 during a regular
meeting of NAMB’s board of trustees in Alpharetta.
Prior to his new assignment, Coe, a native of Louisville,
Ky., served from 2003 to 2008 as a NAMB church planting missionary pastor in
New York City, where he helped plant the Gallery Church in 2006. In 2008, Coe founded “City
Uprising,” mobilizing hundreds of volunteers in the Manhattan area. In 2009, he initiated “SendNYC” for the
purpose of mobilizing and equipping people to plant churches in New York City.
president Kevin Ezell described Coe as “a gifted strategist and has
demonstrated his mobilization effectiveness through his work in New York City.”
Coe is an excellent choice to lead mobilization efforts for NAMB,” says Terry
Robertson, executive director/treasurer of the Baptist Convention of New York.
“In the early days of the Gallery Church of Manhattan, Aaron did a superb job
of mobilizing astounding numbers of workers in fulfillment of their strategic
start-up plan. His efforts were creative, engaging and effective.
Gallery Church is cooperative in giving and in participation with the Baptist
Convention of New York,” Robertson said. “In a recent review of contributions
of newer churches, I noticed that the Gallery Church makes consistent
contributions to the Cooperative Program.”
Coe said both he and his wife, Carmen, believe this role is
God’s next step for them.
“God has been preparing us for this. My greatest gift is in
the mobilization process. When I
was starting the new church in New York City, I loved to mobilize
partners. I have a passion for
that. I had no aspirations to do anything other than what I was doing in New
York. We’re convinced this is an answer to prayer.”
Coe said he is “excited” about the new regional structure
NAMB president Kevin Ezell is bringing to the missions entity.
“Every region of the United States is a different context,”
Coe said. “For us to understand how to engage those contexts with the Gospel,
we need to be closer to the ground there. By having men and women out in
regions, we’re going to better understand how to engage more effectively. “We’ll better understand that the
Northeast is different than the Southeast. The West is different from the
Now is a pivotal time in the history of the Southern Baptist
Convention, believes Coe.
“There is a re-emergence of church planting happening in the
evangelical world and Southern Baptists are not immune to that. We’ve got an
unprecedented number of young people and seminary grads saying, ‘we want to
plant churches.’ So Baptists have the opportunity to really tap into that and
push back lostness.
“We have the opportunity to regain the pioneering spirit
that was in the Southern Baptist Convention in its early days, which provided
its greatest expansion. We’re on the brink of another great expansion of the
SBC,” Coe said. “The SBC is a
sleeping giant and we’re on the forefront of something great. And NAMB is in a good position to help
Coe said he and his wife, Carmen – a native of Clemson, S. C.
– have a bittersweet feeling about leaving New York City, which he said
includes 800 language groups.
“We’ve loved being here for eight years and it’s going to be hard to
The Coes have three children: Ezra, 4, Danielle, 2, and
Mickey Noah writes for
the North American Mission Board.