Born in Mississippi, Cliff Elkins graduated from Jackson Law School, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1951. He continued his education in 1955 by enrolling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received his BRE degree. Later in 1974, he attended the Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he completed the BBA degree.
As a member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators, he was granted as a "Fellow in Church Business Administration" (FCBA) in 1964.
In 1975 Cliff served as the President of the National Association of Church Business Administrators organization. His contribution to organizing new NACBA chapters was a significant help to the organization. Cliff was honored by the NACBA with one of the highest awards an administrator can receive - The Maurice Saucedo Award. Following his retirement, he led the NACBA to establish a foundation for providing assistance to church administrators who had financial difficulty attending a national meeting and/or participating in the certification program.
Cliff received his honorary certification from the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association in 1988, when the organization began the program.
He was an advisor and provided historical information as the organization developed.
Cliff wrote many articles for the Church Administration magazine in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as the NACBA publications and the Clergy Journal.
He served churches in North Carolina and Texas before becoming a Trust Officer for the Baptist Foundation of Texas in 1978. He retired from this position in 1988.
Cliff is married to Juanita B. Elkins, also a native of Mississippi. They have two children: a daughter living in North Carolina and a son living in New York City. Cliff and Juanita retired and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Born in Oklahoma, J.W. Fortner graduated from Oklahoma University in 1950 with a major in accounting. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, where he served four years. Upon completion of his military assignment, he worked in the secular business world for seven years. In 1961, J.W. was called as the first Business Administrator for Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio, Texas, where he served until he retired in 1999.
As a member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators, in 1964 he met the requirements of becoming a "Fellow in Church Business Administration" (FCBA).
J. W. chaired the Professional Training and Standards Committee of NACBA from 1975 - 1988. He was very instrumental in determining the programs of training and certification through some difficult and "lean" times. Much time was invested in search of help from the Seminary/University level for educational sources for church administrators. These efforts resulted in the programs of training and certification procedures that are now in place.
J.W. was honored in 1992 by the NACBA with one of the highest awards an administrator can receive - The Maurice Saucedo Award. Later in 2001, J.W. was also honored with the Taylor Daniel Award of Merit for his significant contribution to the discipline of "Baptist Business".
J.W. received his honorary certification from the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association in 1989, when the organization began the program.
He was an advisor and served as the Chairman of the Charter Constitution Committee from 1988-1989. This document was a vital contribution to the SBCBAA.
J.W. wrote many articles for the Church Administration magazine in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as the NACBA publications and the Clergy Journal.
J.W. is married to Dorothy L. Compton of Ada, Oklahoma. They are blessed to have their son and daughter's families living in San Antonio, where he and Dorothy have retired.
Lewis Fitts, a graduate of Memphis State University, where he received a degree in church administration, continued his education and graduated in 1983 from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. Prior to that he had served 9 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he was discharged as a Master Sergeant.
Following his military service, he served churches in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana as a minister of education. While serving at the First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the church asked Lewis to move from the position of minister of education to the role of church administrator. It wasn't long until Lewis and his family was called to Texas to serve at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. He served there for almost seven years before accepting the call to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. In 1989 Lewis was called to the First Baptist church of Wichita Falls, where he would serve until his retirement in 1996.
Lewis, an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators,
has served in many leadership roles. He has served as the senior vice-president Finance/Administration, as well as a regional vice president. In the local chapters, he has served as president of the Texoma Chapter, North Metro Houston Chapter and president-elect in the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter.
Since the SBCBAA organized in 1988, Lewis has been an active member and contributor to the organization. He served for several years as the chairman of the Certification Committee.
Lewis has been married to Mary F. Crain since 1951. They are blessed with 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grand children. He and Mary have retired in Conroe, Texas.
Lloyd L. "Bill" English was born on July 20, 1922 in Elkins, West Virginia to a Baptist minister and his devoted wife. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a P-51 North American Fighter Pilot on Iwo Jima escorting B-29 missions over Japan until she surrendered, He also served as Psychological Warfare Officer during the Korean War.
After release from active duty, he re-entered Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated in 1947. He was employed by Dunn and Bradstreet in San Antonio, but later became the Credit Sales manager at Sears in San Angelo.
He joined the Baptist Temple in San Antonio, where he was ordained a deacon. Upon joining the Park Heights Baptist Church in San Angelo, he was asked to serve as a deacon in that congregation.
In 1963, Bill was asked to consider a call to become the Church Business Administrator at the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. He accepted the call and served there until his retirement in 1985.
Bill was an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators, where he served on national and local committees. Before the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association was officially organized in 1988, many of the administrators met on a regular basis at the SBC Annuity Board, and Bill was one of the presidents during that era.
Bill is an ordained minister and preached frequently in area churches. He led an Evangelistic Crusade in Toyko, Japan in 1990 with the World Evangelism Foundation.
Bill has been active in the Iwo Jima Survivors Association of Texas since 1992 conducting annual reunions. In 1995 he organized the Military History Collection now a part of the Museum of North Texas History in Wichita Falls. The collection was named the "Lloyd L. "Bill" English Military History Collection" in his honor.
Bill married Beth Chowning in 1944 and they have two sons, Rev. Larry P. English of Brentwood, Tennessee and Dr. Richard D. English of Longview, Texas.
Walter "Walt" Matthews served as a Church Administrator at Tower Grove Baptist Church in Missouri before becoming the Church Administrator at First Baptist in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Thelma served there until his retirement. They were blessed with two children.
Walt was known as one who had exceptional skills in mechanical, heating and cooling systems that churches were using. He was often used as a resource person by other administrators.
Walt was known for mentoring young church administrators. He was an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administration. Before the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association was officially organized in 1988, many of the administrators met on a regular basis at the SBC Annuity Board, and Walt was one of the administrators who faithfully attended those meetings.
Walter served faithfully until his death and will long be remembered as a friend of church business administrators.
Kenneth L. Lundquist served as the Church Business Administrator at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi from1978- 2004. Prior to his becoming a Church Administrator, he worked as a teacher, counselor and school administrator in the Jackson School System.
Ken graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton with B.A. and M. A. degrees and continued post graduate studies at the University of Mississippi. Later, he completed the Cambridge University Risk Management program.
Ken has been an active member of the National Association of Church Administration since he began serving in the church in an administration position. His peers have honored him over the years by asking him to serve in leadership positions in this organization, as well as other organizations. He has served as NACBA Chapter president in Central Mississippi, chairman of the NACBA awards committee, and chairman of the NACBA nominating committee. Before the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association was officially organized in 1988, many of the administrators met on a regular basis at the SBC Annuity Board, and Ken was one of the administrators who faithfully attended those meetings. After the SBCBAA organized, Ken's active support was recognized and he was asked to serve a term as secretary.
The Southern Baptist Business Officers honored Ken with the Taylor Daniel Award and the National Association of Church Business Administration honored him with the Church Management Hall of Fame award.
Ken is married to Marybelle and retired in Jackson, Mississippi and where they continue to reside. They have two children.
Edward O. Webber was born December 13, 1931 in La Plata, Missouri. After graduation from Atlanta high school, he attended graduated from Arlington State College and later received an MSEEE degree from Southern Methodist University in 1966.
Ed served in the United States Air Force from 1949- 1953, and when his term was complete, he began work for Convair (General Dynamics) in Fort Worth, Texas.
While working at Convair, he was ordained as a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church and later when he surrendered to the ministry, the church ordained him to the Gospel ministry.
Ed left Convair in 1975 and began serving as Minister of Administration and Education at Trinity Baptist Church in Fort Worth. During this time, he attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary. However, in 1982 Ed was called as Associate Pastor and Administration by First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson, Texas where he and his family moved and enjoyed fifteen years of ministry before retiring in 1997.
He was an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administration and one of the first students at the certification seminars at Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He was certified by the National organization in 1982. Before the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association was officially organized in 1988, many of the administrators met on a regular basis at the SBC Annuity Board, and Ed was one of the administrators who faithfully attended those meetings. He was supportive and contributed to the new organization by serving on committees and as an officer. In 1988 Ed was certified by the SBCBAA.
Ed met and married Bobbie Mason on June 13, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas. They were blessed with two sons and one daughter.
Bill Silkman, a native of Iowa, was raised in a military family, who moved many times during his childhood. He lived in several states and countries prior to the start of his own military career. Bill served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and retired in 1983.
He holds a degree in business administration and a masters degree in management. After retiring from the Army, Bill was invited to serve on the staff of First Baptist Church in Orlando. He faithfully served there for over thirteen years, and most of that time was as the Church Business Administrator.
Learning has always been a priority for Bill and it was a not a surprise that he joined the National Association of Church Business Administration and began the process of certification, which he completed and was recognized in 1992. In addition to the NACBA, Bill also joined the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association, where he was elected as President of the organization in 1995. He led the SBCBAA to the highest membership it had experienced since it began in 1988. Bill was also elected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference.
Bill served as President of the Central Florida NACBA chapter and was the regional director for the Eastern Area. In 1995 he served as the Co-Chair for the Orlando NACBA National Conference and again in 2003 when the meeting was held in Boca Raton. The organization honored him by inducting him into the NACBA Church Business Administrator Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 1998, Bill retired from First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida, where he and his wife Janice still reside. They have been married 42 years and have one son, John, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, who is currently assigned to Special Operations Command Europe located in Stuttgart, Germany.
Dr. Judy Stamey, a native of North Carolina, was blessed to have grown up in a Christian home and gave her life to Christ at the age of nine. When she was eleven years old, she experienced a call from God for full time vocational service, but did not make a commitment until she was twenty eight years old, married and with two children. Until that time, she served as a volunteer youth director and was employed in a secular business as a payroll clerk.
After accepting the call to full time ministry, Judy attended Gardner Webb Baptist University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina from 1970-1973, where she was honored as Who’s Who among students and several years later as a Distinguished Alumni. Following graduation, she and her family moved to Fort Worth, where she graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with her Masters in Religious Education and her PhD in Church Administration. Judy was also included among the Who’s Who at Southwestern Seminary.
Dr. Stamey, a church administrator and Christian educator served churches for over 30 years in North Carolina and Texas. Eighteen of those years were spent as Minister of Education and Administration at Ridglea West Baptist Church and five years as Minister of Outreach at University Baptist Church, in Fort Worth. She is presently serving as a church consultant and president of the CBA Associates Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to opening the center, Judy served five years as an adjunct professor in Administration assisting in the development and operation of the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, she is certified in church administration by the NACBA, SBCBAA and as a trainer of LIFO (communication styles) by Stuart Atkins of California.
In 1998, Judy was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Church Business Administrators by the NACBA. Judy is the Certification Coordinator for the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association and the Director of the Certification Program for Church Administrators held at Southwestern Baptist Seminary She has written many articles for the Church Administration magazine and contributed chapters in the first, second and third revised editions of Church Administration Handbook. Judy is a frequent speaker at retreats, workshops and conferences, specializing in church personnel administration and staff development.
Judy is married to Wade Stamey. They have 3 daughters, 2 grandsons, and 1 granddaughter. Judy and Wade are members of Travis Ave. Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Dr. William G. Caldwell, Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Administration at Southwestern Baptist Seminary served in the ministry of teaching for thirty years at Southwestern, including five years as the Associate Dean for the Doctor of Educational Ministry program. He was responsible for the development and operation of this degree, which has helped full time ministers further their education without leaving their job. Bill served as a church consultant and Partner of the CBA Associates Training center in Fort Worth, Texas until his retirement and illness in the fall of 2006. Prior to coming to Southwestern Seminary, his experience included being a Consultant at Lifeway (formerly Sunday School Board), teaching in Florida, and serving churches in Texas, Alabama, and Missouri.
Bill was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Alabama during his teen years. His father, George, served as the Director of Church Training in the State Baptist Convention until his retirement. It was in high school that Bill experienced and accepted God’s call upon his life to full time service.
Bill received his B.A. in Religion from Howard College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Church Administration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was certified in church administration by the NACBA and SBCBAA. Bill was also certified as a LIFO (communication styles) trainer by Stuart Atkins of California.
Bill received many honors over the years, including Who’s Who in Religion. The honor of being Inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Association of Church Business Administration was a significant affirmation of his leadership in the area of church administration.
Bill served for 27 years as the Certification Center Director of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Certification Program for Church Administrators. He wrote many articles for the Church Administration magazine, contributed several chapters in the Personnel Administration Guide and both the first, second, and third editions of Church Administration Handbook.
Bill was a frequent speaker at retreats, workshops and conferences, specializing in church personnel administration and staff development until his retirement in 2006. Bill passed away March 2, 2009, as a result of Alzheimer's disease.
Bill was married to Dianne Clemm. They were the parents of 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Bill and Dianne were members of Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Charles W. Strong, Jr., served as a Minister of
Administration and Minister of Education during his career of service to the
Lord and the local church. Charles' was serving as the Minister of
Administration / Education at First Baptist Church, Bay Minette, Alabama, at the
time of his untimely death on February 28, 2007, a position he had held for the
last 17 years of his ministry. Charles was loved by his many peers in the
denomination and enjoyed many facets of denominational life.
Ron Chandler is a native of Eudora, Arkansas. Growing up, Ron and his family were very active in Eudora Baptist Church, a thriving Southern Baptist church. Ron became a leader in the 60’s youth movement for Christ in the church and denomination.
Following high school, Ron became a summer staffer for two summers at the Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in New Mexico. While there Ron became manager of the dining hall meal service to conference center guests. It was during this experience of service that God began to expose Ron to vocational Christian service. Ron also attended and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1975. While a student during his junior and senior years, Ron served as the Youth and Music Director of First Baptist Church, Bearden, Arkansas. Again, God used these experiences to lay a foundation for full time Christian service in Ron’s life.
Following college graduation with a degree in accounting, Ron worked as an accountant. However, he remained extremely involved in Christian ministry in his local church. In 1976, Ron publically acknowledged a call to fulltime Christian vocational service and enrolled at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. While a student Ron served fulltime at First Baptist Church, Stuttgart, Arkansas, as youth pastor and, then, minister of education and administration. This began a term of almost 30 years of fulltime Christian service as a staff pastor. Ron was ordained to ministry in 1978 and obtained his Masters degree from SWBTS in 1979.
In 1983 God called Ron to move to the Memphis, Tennessee area to serve as the Pastor for Administration at the Germantown Baptist Church. Germantown was a fast-growing suburb of Memphis. The church was experiencing phenomenal growth. Ron spent the next 24 years giving strategic leadership and ministry service to this church. Ron not only led all administrative functions of the church but served as a staff pastor. During his tenure there the church doubled in attendance three times averaging over 5,000 in weekend attendance in 2006. Ron led the campus relocation initiative of the church from 1987 through 1995 culminating in the planning, funding, construction, physical relocation, and successive construction of more than forty million dollars of new construction on the new ninety acre campus. Ron coordinated multiple capital stewardship campaigns raising over twenty million dollars in funds. Ron also served as a consultant to numerous churches across the South aiding in the implementation of various software and accounting systems, maintenance management, and general administrative procedures.
Ron joined the SBCBAA in 1989, served as its president in 1993 and remains an active and contributing member. He was certified as a CCBA in 1990. Ron joined and became very active in the National Association of Church Administration in 1985. He served as the president of the Mid-South chapter from 1986-1990. Ron was certified as a Church Administrator (CCA) in 1990. At this time Ron participated in various writing projects for the church administration division of the Sunday School Board of the SBC. The book, Thy Kingdom Clean, a compilation of his certification project was also published by the NACBA in 1993 with successive printings in 1999 and 2000. In 1991 Ron also began to lead seminars at various national and regional conferences while also authoring other articles and materials. In 1991 Ron also led in establishing Shared Church Services, Inc., a national organization for church purchasing and services. In 2008 this organization had grown to over 1,400 churches. In 2003 Ron established the website ministry of www.churchadminpro.com, a website for church administration resources and helps.
Ron has been recognized by the NACBA as a recipient of the Saucedo Award in 2002. He was also the recipient of the Taylor Daniel Award presented by the Southern Baptist Church Business Officers Conference in 2006. In 2007 Ron became the Director of Customer Development for Shelby Systems, Inc., in Cordova, Tennessee, the provider of church software to churches around the world. He continues to be actively involved in the SBCBAA, NACBA, www.churchadminpro.com, and his local church. Through 2008 he has attended 18 SBBOC conferences and 22 national NACBA conferences and associated SBCBAA meetings.
Ron is married to Renee. They have two daughters and one granddaughter. Ron and Renee are members of Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee.
Marvin Myers was Executive Director of the National Association of Church Business Administration for seventeen years, and was instrumental in the association's growth and development. Prior to directing NACBA, Marvin served as management consultant for five years at the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1976 to 1981. Previously he has been a minister of youth, music, education and administration with churches in Mississippi and Texas. From 1968 to 1976 he was Minister of education and Administration for the North Richland Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Myers received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College and the Master of Religious Education (MRE) from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has done additional studies in management with the American Management Association, Christian Management Association, American Society of Association Executives, Texas Society of Association Executives, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Society of Association Executives. He completed his Certification in Church Business Administration (CCA) in July 1979 and CCBA in 1989.
He has written often for various church management publications and developed training materials for Southern Baptist churches. He has led management conferences across the nation during the last thirty years, and was a regular seminar leader in NACBA certification programs. Myers is the author/compiler of a book, Managing the Business Affairs of the Church, published by Convention Press of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now Lifeway Christian Resources).
Marvin and his wife, Vern, are active members of the North Richland Hills Baptist Church. He has served as an adult Bible teacher / director, on various committees, and as a resource person for church staff people in the area. They have one son, David, who is a pilot for Delta Airlines and now serving as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. They enjoy spending much of the Spring and Summer months at their vacation home in the New Mexico mountains.
OF HONOR 2009
Gene Hill is a Certified Public Accountant from Austin, Texas, specializing in full-time church tax consulting. He leads seminars and workshops for church groups and religious organizations including the Baptist General Convention of Texas, other State Baptist Conventions, and LifeWay (guest faculty member at Glorieta and Ridgecrest Conference Centers). He is also an active member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), and the Texas Capital Area Chapter of NACBA.
In 1998, Gene received the Church Management Hall of Fame Award from NACBA at the Irving, Texas, National Conference “for outstanding contribution to church management and NACBA.” In March 2002, the Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference (SBBOC), held annually in Dallas, Texas, at GuideStone Financial Services, honored Gene with the Taylor Daniel Award of Merit “for outstanding contribution to Baptist Business.” In July 2009, the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association (SBCBAA) honored Gene with a “Special Contributor” award for his contributions to the field of Church Administration, the SBCBAA, and NACBA.
For the past several national NACBA conferences, Gene has led the Tax Update workshop. He has also taught the tax portion for numerous Certification and Advanced NACBA seminars.
In 1994, Gene retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a Senior Appeals Officer with 34 years of government service. During his career, he taught extensively both within and outside the IRS.
Gene is a Southern Baptist and a graduate of Baylor University (BBA, Accounting). He is a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, where he serves as the Treasurer, a Deacon, member of the Finance Committee, Trustee of the Hyde Park Baptist Foundation, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Sanctuary Choir.
Gene and his wife Eleanor have two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.
Dan Gardner is a native of Austin, Texas, and a veteran of the United States Army.
He has served his community, his country, and his church for many years. He has
been part of the Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, staff for over 30
years, joining at the beginning of the year in 1975, providing his skills and
talents as financial overseer for Church Business, food services, building and
grounds, Church maintenance, personnel records, and legal issues. He is now the
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Minister of Senior Adults at the Hyde Park
Baptist Church, Austin, Texas.
In 1965, Dan was married to his wife Mary. They have two children, Ginger
Gardner Caldwell, who is married to Danny Caldwell, and Dan B. Gardner, who is
married to Kara Gardner. Ginger and Danny currently serve as missionaries in
Uruguay. Dan and Mary also have six grandchildren: Sarah, Danny, Josh, Rebecca,
Jake, and Dan Dillon.
Cheryl Kohlsteadt has a rich history of serving the Lord in the local church and serving professional associations in leadership roles. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a major in accounting and minor in general business, Cheryl worked in various roles in secular accounting, management, and public school teaching.
Cheryl was certified as a certified church administrator (CCA / CCBA) by the NACBA and the SBCBAA in 1994. She has a rich history in leadership of those two organizations. She has served as a workshop leader, committee member, chairman, president of the SBCBAA, and president of the NACBA. In her local church Cheryl has served faithfully as an Adult Group Teacher and Leader, Choir member, Vocalist, Department Director, Children’s Choir Leader, and children’s worker.
She has served as the Administrator of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, Missouri, since 1991 and served on the church staff since 1980. Her responsibilities have included supervision of department managers for information systems, accounting, facilities, operations, bookstore, foodservice, and oversight of hospitality, security, and medical teams. She has also coordinated multiple capital campaigns and supervised policy administration.
Cheryl is married to Allen and they have one son, James.
Since 1994, Donnie has served on the staff of Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, first as Minister of Business Administration, and since 2005 as Senior Associate Pastor. He previously served at First Baptist Churches, Ada, Oklahoma and Burkburnett, Texas as Minister of Education and Administration. He was certified as a FCBA (now CCA) in 1993 at the Southwestern Seminary Certification Center.
He has served as President and Treasurer for SBCBAA, as well as President of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of NACBA. He has been an active member of NACBA since 1989, serving as Regional Director and on the host committee for two national conferences. He has benefited from and contributed to these three levels of professional organizations: the local chapter, national organization, and denominational association.
Donnie grew up in west Texas, graduating from Munday High School and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene with a degree in Business Administration and Religious Education. He also received his Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1973.
Donnie has been married to Judy since 1970, and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Lowell Addy was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, where he graduated from the University of South Alabama and then served as Administrative Assistant to the Finance Commissioner of the City of Mobile. Following four years with a market research firm, Lowell was called as the first Church Business Administrator of Cottage Hill Baptist Church. During his thirteen years of service the church completed a 4,000 seat worship center while remaining debt free.
Since 1996, Lowell has served the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, TX where he has led in the construction of a Student Building, a Junior High/College Building and a 1,800 seat worship center and the Lord has blessed once again by allowing the church to be debt free.
Lowell earned the CCA certification from the NACBA and the CCBA from the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association (SBCBAA) in 1994 and was recertified in 2007 and 2011. He served as president of the SBCBAA from 2004 - 2005. Lowell was awarded the NACBA’s Saucedo Award for the Church Business Administrator of the Year in 2010; the SBBOC’s Taylor Daniel Award of Merit in 2011; and was inducted into the SBCBAA’s Hall of Honor in 2012.
Lowell has attended over 25 NACBA conferences. He was instrumental in the organization of the Metro Group and served as its first convener. Lowell was also one of the founding members and the first President of the Mobile Bay chapter of the NACBA.
He and his wife Judy have been happily married over 35 years and have two sons. Mason and his wife Beth reside in Dallas, TX and Lucas lives in Atlanta, GA.
Terry Bertrand joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas in
January 1997. He continues to serve First Baptist in his sixteenth year as its
associate pastor of administration. Since 1978, he has served in administration
ministry roles in four churches. Currently, he teaches master’s level courses in
church administration and leadership as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist
Rick Cadden, CCA, CCBA, is the Associate Pastor of
Administration and Operations at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas
and has served on Baptist church staffs for 18 years. Rick is responsible for
leading Ministerial and Support Staff, Food Service, Facility Management,
Operations, Finance, and HR departments.