Staff and Board


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:  President.  Tom leads CBU's World Missions focus through a variety of ministry projects in Europe.  Having grown up in Black Mountain, NC, Tom has been participating in CBU events since he was a young boy. The Lord has led Tom into diverse ministry experiences and roles including campus ministry, church planting in Ukraine and Scotland, CBU youth ministry leader, and serving on the leadership team of a King's Park International Church in Durham, NC.  Tom currently lives in Bathgate, Scotland with his wife, Jean, and six daughters. Along with leading CBU, Tom pastors CentrePoint Church and travels extensively in Europe working with leaders and churches.  Email Tom


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Jim  Jackson: President Emeritus.  Originally from Georgia, Jim gave up a discount drug store business to work with CBU after radically meeting Jesus in 1972.  Jim brought his entrepreneurial drive to bear on the ministry, leading it from being a Christian book distributor to a conference ministry with international reach.  Jim lives in Black Mountain, NC with his wife Mary Jo, and they have three children and 11 grandchildren.  Jim doesn't go fishing nearly as often as he'd like, but he does keep a rod and reel handy - just in case.   Email Jim


Syfrett-150x150[1]Eric Syfrett:  Financial Administrator.  Some people paint with brushes, other people paint with words; Eric paints with numbers.   With a background in accounting and church administration, Eric does a great job serving as bookkeeper and keeping our finances in order.  He has a watchful eye and helps us faithfully steward the money God provides through the generous giving of His people.






Joe Capitan Web 03Joe Capitan:  Joe is an entrepreneurial mechanical engineer who founded and leads Delta Engineering in Greenville, SC.  He has served on the board of CBU since 1985 and has been a source of wisdom, counsel, and encouragement to the executive team.  He and his wife, Sherry, continue to live outside Greenville and enjoy their children and grandchildren.  Joe’s only weakness is that he is a rabid Clemson fan.


rsz_nelsonfaceDr. Lee Nelson
Lee is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) and has been a partner at Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) since 2006. Lee attended CBU events as a boy growing up in Montreat. Dr. Nelson moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoors and enjoys skiing, hiking and motorcycle touring. He resides with his wife, Debbie, and their three children in Boulder County.




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Mr. Tommy Samaha  Tommy is a retired attorney and school teacher. He has served on numerous boards and recently became a board member of CBU. He and his wife Barbara reside in Little River, SC.  They have four married sons and five grandchildren, so far.  Tommy attended his first CBU conference in 1977 and many thereafter with his family. He has accompanied Jim on nine tours to Israel



Additional Board Members retain an undisclosed public identity due to missions work in sensitive areas.


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Ivery Haynes: Founder, Board Member Emeritus. Ivery is a Korean War veteran with a background in IT who worked for the Lowes Corporation. He founded CBU in 1972 to promote the gospel by distributing Christian books throughout the marketplace. He has served as a board member since CBU’s founding. Ivery and his wife Annie Lee live in North Wilkseboro, NC.




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