Board of Directors

Executive Board

23a67f22a7c9e224c3e8e409eeedbaf8 Rick Patrick is Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sylacauga, Alabama. He serves as the Executive Director of Connect 316 and the Publisher of SBC Today.
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1a26bd2 Tim Barnette is the Senior Pastor of the Faith Baptist Church in Faith, North Carolina. He also serves as the Conference Director of Connect 316.
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Tim Guthrie is Pastor of the Arlington Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Founder of Ecclesia Essentials. He serves as Fundraising Director of Connect 316.
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Samuel Schmidt is a pastor and evangelist who serves as the Development Director for Connect 316. He is also the author of 101 Simple Sermon Outlines for Any Occasion.
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Kyle Gulledge is the Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at Southview Baptist Church in Rosharon, Texas. He also serves as our Communications Director at Connect 316. Email Kyle Mike Mike O’Neal is Pastor of the Campbellsville Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and serves as the Membership Director of Connect 316. Email Mike

 Advisory Board

66764 Richard Land is President of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC, Executive Editor of the Christian Post and former President of the ERLC.
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1604730_581459025185_417446317_n Allen Rea is Pastor of the Higgston Baptist Church in Ailey, Georgia. The father of four, he is currently pursuing his doctoral degree. Email Allen
dr_caner_cross_300 Emir Caner is President of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia, Founding Dean of the College at Southwestern, and has written or contributed to eighteen Christian books.  Email Emir Gregory Jim Gregory is Senior Pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Mountain Home, Idaho. A former state convention President, he serves on the SBC Executive Committee. Email Jim
Dr_Ronnie_Mayes Ronnie Mayes is a church growth consultant and Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas, who has served in many state and national roles in Baptist life. Email Ronnie kevin Kevin Apperson is Pastor of the North Las Vegas Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, and an early Traditionalist Statement signer and supporter. Email Kevin
norm Norm Miller is Director of Communications and Marketing at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. He is a former Editor of SBC Today. Email Norm Daniels David Daniels is Pastor of the Green Valley Southern Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The father of four, David currently pursues his doctoral degree. Email David
bhunter Braxton Hunter is the President of Trinity Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. He is an author and conference speaker in the area of apologetics. Email Braxton speer Bruce Speer is Pastor of the Crosspoint Community Church SBC in Missoula, Montana. He also serves as the President of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention. Email Bruce
Brian Jump is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Clever, Missouri. He has been a very active participant in the Missouri Baptist Convention. Email Brian Eddie Bumpers is the Pastor of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, and preached the closing sermon at the SBC Annual Meeting in 2015. Email Eddie
Charlie Harris is the Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Lee Hickman is the Senior Pastor of the Black Oak Baptist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, and the author of The Door of Wisdom, a devotional book on Proverbs. Email Lee
David Hankins is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Having served in many  SBC offices, he is the author of One Sacred Effort: The Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists. Email David Brent Lay is a former Associate Pastor, Minister of Education and Director of Missions in Tennessee. He is also the Founder of Million More by 34 and SBC Strong. Email Brent
Brad Layton is the Pastor of the South Park Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. A former missionary to Ecuador, he is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Email Brad Jesse Connors is Founder and CEO of, a ministry dedicated to showing the world that the Bible is true and reliable through online videos, conferences and evangelistic events. Email Jesse
   Tim Guthrie      Tim Barnette     Kyle Gulledge        Rick Patrick       Mike O'Neal        Sam Schmidt
   Bruce Speer      Jim Gregory      Brian Jump           Emir Caner         Kevin Apperson     David Daniels
   Richard Land     Allen Rea        Norm Miller          Braxton Hunter     Ronnie Mayes       Charlie Harris
   Eddie Bumpers    Lee Hickman      Jesse Connors        David Hankins      Brad Layton        Brent Lay