Annual Meeting Speakers
Ronnie Floyd has been a pastor for more than 38 years. His experience, wisdom, and passion for God make him a powerful proclaimer of God’s Word. He teaches biblical principles that encourage and uplift thousands of people all over the world via TV, the Internet, podcasts, radio, speaking engagements, and books.
Since 1986, Floyd has served as senior pastor of Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas. In June 2014, he was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. In June 2015, Floyd was nominated and elected to a second term.
Floyd’s proudest accomplishments stem from his personal life. He and his wife, Jeana, have been married for 38 years. They have two sons, Josh and Nick. Josh is married to Kate, and they have three sons, Peyton, Parker, and Jack. Nick is married to Meredith, and they have three daughters, Reese, Norah and Maya and a son, Beckham.
Neil Franks is president of the Missouri Baptist Convention and chair of the Executive Board.
He serves as lead pastor of First Baptist Church, Branson. Under his leadership, FBC Branson has almost tripled in size and serves as a mission leader within the state and beyond with 13 percent of general receipts dedicated to reaching people with the gospel through Southern Baptist causes.
He has led mission teams to various places including Central Asia, Central Mexico, San Francisco, New York and Iowa. He also has created church planting partnerships in St. Louis as part of the SEND City initiative, along the I-29 corridor with Missouri Baptists and most recently a new church plant in Denver, Colo. He has led FBC Branson to partner with six different MBC church plants across the state.
Prior to joining the church in 2007, Franks served churches in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2009) and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1997).
Franks met his wife, Kendra, while they were both students at Henderson State University. They have two boys, Nathan and Travis.
Matt Kearns is the leadership development team leader for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for the Next Generation Leaders Network, student ministries, leadership forums, and next-decade leadership strategies.
A native of Festus, Mo., he received a B.S. degree in mass communications/public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Kearns served in local church youth ministry for 14 years and also worked at the North American Mission Board on the student evangelism team.
Besides his passion to see students come to Christ and his love for serving, training, and encouraging leadership, he also is a sports enthusiast and Cardinals fan! He and his wife Julie reside in Jefferson City.
Alvin L. Reid serves as professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been since 1995. He also is the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism.
Reid has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and on four continents, including more than 2,000 churches, colleges, conferences and events. He has written extensively on evangelism, missional Christianity, spiritual awakening, and student ministry.
His passion is to equip leaders for the coming generation who will change the world for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel. He speaks extensively to churches and leaders on the subjects of disciple making, revival, and missional ways to reach the West, as well as to college students and youth on living for Christ.
Reid holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Seminary and a B.A. from Samford University. He serves as director of the Young Professionals Ministry at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, N.C.
Reid and his wife Michelle have two married children.
Nik Ripken is the author of The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience.
Ripken and his wife, Ruth, have served for more than 30 years as IMB personnel with the majority of that ministering in the midst of persecution.
Nik and Ruth are from Kentucky and graduated from Georgetown College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They use pseudonyms for security reasons.
Robert Shelton has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Plattsburg, since 1990, following his graduation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity with biblical languages.
Saved at age 14 and called into the ministry six months later, Shelton began preparations for ministry at Southwest Baptist University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and English in 1983.
Shelton served as associate pastor and minister of youth at Sycamore Hills Baptist Church, Independence, Mo., from 1983 to 1987.
He met his future wife Sandy at SBU and they were married in 1982. The couple has three children. Shelton enjoys bicycling. His favorite Bible verse is John 14:6, “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Greg Stier leads a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ. As a former church planter and pastor, Stier believes in the power and potential of the church to transform entire cities with the gospel. A former youth leader, he is committed to seeing this transformation erupt from the next generation.
Stier is the author of 13 books and numerous articles. He has appeared on CNN, CBN, TBN, Focus on the Family and several national radio programs. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Post, Churchleaders.com and Group Magazine. He has been a featured speaker at Promise Keepers, Youth Specialties, Creation Festival, LifeFest and The Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two children and reside in Arvada, Colo.
John Yeats is executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention. He directs the state’s missionary staff; administers Cooperative Program funds given by Missouri Baptist churches; serves as publisher of The Pathway, the official news journal of the MBC; and sets the state’s cooperative strategy for fulfilling the Acts 1:8 mission mandate.
Prior to his leadership in Missouri, he served as director of communications and public policy for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He also served as editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger and served the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as director of communications and editor of the Indiana Baptist.
Since 1997, he has been the recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served 20 years as pastor of churches in Texas and Kansas and has led several multi-staff churches through effective interim pastorates.
He received a B.A. degree from Dallas Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sharon have three sons and nine grandchildren. They reside in Lohman, Mo.