Simeon May, CAE, CPA, CCA
Chief Executive Officer
Simeon May took office as the association's fourth Executive Director on
May 1, 1998. He was the unanimous choice of the seven-member Executive
Director Search Committee and the Board of Directors. In recognition of
Simeon’s earning the designation of CAE (see below) the Board of
Directors officially changed his title to Chief Executive Officer in
March of 2004.
Prior to his selection, Simeon served as Minister of Business Administration for the First Baptist Church of Richardson, Texas
for almost fifteen years. Simeon joined the FBCR staff in September of
1983 after having been a layman in the church the previous seven years.
As a layman he held several leadership positions in the church including
Deacon. In 1994 Simeon was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the
church. He has been a member of FBCR since 1976.
Simeon served on the TCN (formerly NACBA) Board for seven years from
1989 to 1996 including the last two of those years as President. His
other service to TCN includes that of President of the Dallas Chapter
and instructor in Church Accounting for the association's certification
program. He is a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) from TCN. Simeon
is also a past president of the Baptist Leader Network.
In January 2004 Simeon earned the designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives
(ASAE). Among association professionals “CAE” is an indication of
demonstrated skill in leadership and expertise in association
management. Simeon has also served on the board of directors for the
Dallas-Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE) including two years as
Simeon was humbled and honored to receive the Award of Excellence from
DFWAE in 2010 and the Association Executive Leadership Award from
Multiview, Inc. in 2011. He was inducted into the Baptist Leader
Network's Hall of Honor in 2019.
Although a native of Louisville, Mississippi, Simeon declared himself a
Texan while attending Baylor University. At Baylor, he earned the
Bachelor of Business Administration degree as an Accounting major and
later became a Certified Public Accountant. Simeon is a Life Member of
the Baylor Line Foundation (formerly the Baylor Alumni Association).
In addition to his memberships in ASAE and DFWAE, Simeon is a member of
the American Institute of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs. Simeon
serves on the Religious Practices Advisory Committee for the Richardson Independent School District
. He has also served on the Business and Audit Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
In September 2011, Simeon was appointed to a Panel of Religious Sector
Representatives, which advised The Commission on Accountability and
Policy for Religious Organizations. The commission was formed following a
staff report issued by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that focused
on the financial practices of six high-profile media-based Christian
ministries. After releasing the findings of his three-year inquiry, the
senator asked the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to
spearhead an independent national effort to review and provide input on
major accountability and policy issues affecting religious and other
nonprofit organizations. The Commission issued Part I of its report late
in 2012 and issued Part II of its report late in 2013. Though Simeon
does not agree with all of the recommendations of the Commission, he was
honored to be a part of the discussion and process.
Simeon is married to Denise May, the Principal at Big Springs Elementary School
in the Richardson Independent School District and the Pianist for the
First Baptist Church of Richardson. Their children and "bonus" children
are Emily and Ryan Hopkins, Joel and Kristin May, and Julie and Darrin
Hicks. Emily, Joel, and Julie are Baylor graduates and are teachers in
public education in the Dallas area. Simeon and Denise have a grandson
and a granddaughter.