Simeon May, long-time CEO of The Church Network, recently announced his plans to retire in July 2019, just after the association’s sixty-third annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The TCN Board of Directors is grateful for Simeon’s many years of service to The Church Network and the field of church administration and leadership.
May said, "It has been my absolute joy to serve this association for the past 20 years on staff, as well as the many years before that as a volunteer leader. I have met so many wonderful people along this journey and have made lifelong friends. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and my prayer is that the best years for the association are ahead."
Simeon took office on May 1, 1998 as the association’s Executive Director, and once he had achieved the designation of CAE (Certified Association Executive), his title was officially changed 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, TX, where he has been a member since 1976 and was ordained in 1994. During his time on staff at First Baptist, Simeon served on the TCN 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) and also a past president of the Baptist Leader Network.
In 2004, Simeon earned the designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE). This achievement is an indication of 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 president. While serving on that board, Simeon received the Award of Excellence from DFWAE in 2010 and the Association Executive Leadership Award from Multiview, Inc. in 2011.
Simeon is a graduate of Baylor University, where 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.
Family is extremely important to Simeon. His wife Denise May is an elementary school principal in the Richardson Independent School District and recently celebrated 40 years as the pianist for the First Baptist Church of Richardson. Their children and spouses are Emily and Ryan Hopkins, Joel and Kristin May, and Julie and Darrin Hicks. Simeon and Denise have two granddaughters, a grandson, and are expecting a second grandson soon.
The TCN Board of Directors is thankful for the investment Simeon has made to The Church Network. In 2019, Deputy CEO Phill Martin will be working alongside Simeon and with the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition for the future of TCN.
- TCN Board of Directors
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