It is with bittersweet gladness that CBFNC announces Andy Jung, associate executive coordinator, has accepted a full-time position with Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). At the end of August, Andy will begin his new role as FYI’s Director of Church Engagement. As a branch of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, FYI turns academic research into practical resources to help make the church the best place for young people to grow.
Andy has served CBFNC as associate executive coordinator since January 2019, supporting pastors, churches and ministries throughout the state. He has been instrumental in CBFNC’s ministries that engage youth and young adults, specifically launching the Growing Young Cohort in North Carolina to help partner churches better welcome young people into the life of the whole church. Additionally, Andy has been responsible for overseeing many of the day-to-day administrative and operational functions in the CBFNC office. He has been involved in CBF life for nearly 20 years, having served as senior pastor at First, Albemarle in Albemarle and associate pastor of Students and Administration at Trinity in Raleigh.
“Andy has made a significant positive impact on CBFNC’s ministry during his tenure as associate executive coordinator. He is a team player with unlimited capacity who makes our entire organization better,” said Larry Hovis, CBFNC executive coordinator. “I’m excited that he will be able to follow his primary ministry passion in his new role with FYI but will miss him on a day-to-day basis on our staff. I look forward to working with him in a new capacity and to strengthening our collaboration with FYI.”
Since he was a teenager, Andy has felt God calling him to work with young people. As the Director of Church Engagement, he will serve a vital public-facing role on the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) team. He will oversee church engagement strategy, lead cohorts and other training initiatives, develop relationships and networks, and ensure effective systems and processes to execute all of these efforts. Andy will be a key member of the FYI leadership team working towards to ultimate goal of leading 100,000 U.S. churches and ministries to become better equipped to disciple young people by the year 2025. While his responsibilities will have a national and even worldwide reach, Andy will primarily work from North Carolina, expanding FYI’s footprint on the East Coast.
“I am looking forward to bringing together my passion for young people and for the local church in my new role with Fuller Youth Institute. The mission of FYI aligns perfectly with my heart in ministry. I truly believe God has been preparing me for this role for the past 25 years. Yet, I will miss being an integral part of the CBFNC team,” said Andy Jung. “I believe in the mission of CBFNC to bring Baptists together for Christ-centered ministry. I will miss working closely with Larry and the staff to care for clergy and laity in our partner churches while embracing our neighbors in our state and beyond. I am grateful for their friendship and for their unique gifts in ministry. CBFNC is in a great position to continue its innovative work in this constantly changing world. I look forward to remaining in CBFNC’s fellowship for years to come.”
A plan is being developed for Andy to remain with CBFNC on a part-time basis to continue CBFNC’s successful Growing Young initiative and address other key needs that maximize his unique skills.
“When Andy Jung accepted the newly created position of assistant executive coordinator in January, 2019, he hit the ground running! He has shown outstanding leadership, compassion, understanding and such a sincere call to ministry during his tenure with CBFNC. He met the exact hopes we had in creating this new position,” said Becky Keesler, CBFNC moderator. “I wish him blessings as he moves forward to a ministry opportunity that matches his passion for young adults with his gifts, skills and past experience. Rather than mourn losing his leadership in this specific position, I am focusing on thankfulness that we had this season of ministry together with Andy and am grateful that he will continue to encourage and support CBFNC from a new vantage point.”