New Baptist Covenant Executive Committee
A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Suzii Paynter is the executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition to her work with the New Baptist Covenant, Paynter serves on the board of Christian Ethics Today, is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee.
She has been recognized by numerous national religious and secular organizations such as the Sierra Club, American Association of Retired Persons and Samaritan Counseling Centers. In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award.
Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi. She has served these congregations alongside her husband, Roger Paynter, who retired in 2014 from the senior pastorate of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas.