Marty Carnes
Marty Carnes, new Associate Vice President for Advancement at TMU.

On July 1st, Marty Carnes will join Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) staff as Associate Vice President (AVP) for Advancement. In this new position, he will continue to implement a comprehensive, results-oriented development plan that will connect people to the vision God has for the institution.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Marty Carnes is joining the TMU family,” said TMU President, Dr. Emir Caner. “He is the rare blend of a pastor’s heart with a financial mind. From his academic preparation, which includes an MBA from Truett McConnell, to his wealth of pastoral experience, we are most blessed that the Lord is bringing Marty our way.”

A Liberty University graduate, Carnes earned his Bachelor of Science in Religion, Master of Arts in Religion, and Master of Religious Education. Most recently, Carnes earned his Master of Business Administration from TMU and is now pursuing his Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia.

For the past ten years, Carnes has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Thomasville. Prior to his time there, he pastored in both Quitman and Douglas, Georgia. He has also served as a trustee for Truett McConnell, on the Executive Committee for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, and a trustee for the International Mission Board.

Over the course of my career,” said Carnes, “leading people to invest financially in the Lord’s work has been an important part of my work. I have led a number of significant master planning and fundraising endeavors through the years. These prior experiences have equipped me to raise the funds needed to expand our university and to provide scholarships for our students.”

As he looks ahead on his new position, Carnes says his goal as AVP for Advancement is simple, “I want to help others to join in with the great work the Lord is doing now and to invest in the great work that the Lord has in store for us.”

Carnes has been married to his wife Cindy for 22 years, and they have two children, Andrew and Sarah. Andrew is a business major in college, and Sarah, who will be attending TMU in the fall, plans to major in Christian Studies.

“TMU has such a wonderful and dedicated team and a great vision for the future,” Carnes said. “The days ahead are going to be incredible for the university, and I am so excited to be a part of the continued growth in the future.”


Jenny Gregory is the Digital Content Specialist for TMU.

Return to News Archive