Our Team

The staff of The Baptist Foundation of Alabama is comprised of Christian men and women seeking to glorify God and expand His Kingdom through the stewardship of assets entrusted to the Foundation. Our team of talented professionals is dedicated to providing individuals and churches with the highest quality comprehensive estate planning and fund administration services. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

John Ashworth
(334) 394-2023

Jennifer H. Ogburn, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
(334) 394-2003

Thomas A. Treadwell, J.D.
Legal and Administrative Officer
(334) 394-2009

J. Rodney Bledsoe, J.D.
Director of Ministry Engagement
(334) 394-2025

Larry D. Layne
Eldercare Chaplain
(334) 394-2012

Paula K. Smith
VP, Trust Operations
(334) 394-2011

Donna England
Assistant VP, Trust Operations
(334) 394-2017

Erin White
Trust Operations Officer
(334) 394-2014

Allison Combs
Director of Ministry Relations
(334) 394-2007

Joseph N. Hocutt II, J.D.
Ministry Engagement
(334) 394-2022

Nathan Ealy
Ministry Engagement
(334) 394-2036

Stephanie Coston
Administrative Assistant
(334) 394-2000

Constance Westover
Development Admin. Assistant
(334) 394-2004

Mission, Vision, Values


While The Foundation has many purposes, its chief function is administering planned gifts benefitting Great Commission ministries and promoting Christian stewardship of estate assets.  Created by the State Convention, we stand ready to serve any person who wishes to contribute to Baptist ministries.

The Foundation continues to grow in exciting new ways, helping pave the way for future generations of Alabama Baptists.  Recently, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama launched the Kingdom Stewardship Alliance, a powerful new resource for encouraging and facilitating Christian stewardship.



  • We desire to serve our members by providing access to Christ-centered comprehensive estate planning services. We will NOT focus on obtaining gifts. By serving our members in this manner and providing Kingdom impacting gifting opportunities, we believe gifts will be a natural outcome for committed believers.
  • We will establish funds within the church that provide gifting opportunities for Christ-centered ministries outside of the operating budget of the church. This could include ministries such as missions, benevolence, scholarships, building acquisition and maintenance, etc.
  • We will routinely promote the idea of Christian estate planning and how we can collectively impact the world for Christ through the collective stewardship of our estate assets.


Core Beliefs:

We believe:

  • God is owner of ALL things.
  • It is God’s desire that we be good stewards of all He has entrusted to us: time, talent and treasure.
  • God-focused, strategic estate planning is the largest act of financial stewardship most of us will ever undertake.