Annual Meeting Speakers
Darryl Gaddy serves as pastor of Victory Fellowship Community Church in Detroit. The church’s goals are to be a strategically-focused, intentionally-missional and community needs-oriented church. Founded in 2006, VFCC planted a second campus in Harper Woods, Mich., in 2016 and a third campus in 2017.
The church provides life skills training and vocational skills training to the underprivileged. It also serves the juvenile justice community with mentoring and behavior modification counseling services.
Born and raised in inner-city Detroit, Gaddy was educated in Detroit public schools and attended Midwestern Baptist College. He and his wife, Daphne, have three grown children: Chelsea, Darryl Jr., and Shante
Ken Graves is the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Bangor located in Central Maine. The church began in 1991 in Graves’ apartment with a core of 12 people. For more than 20 years, Ken has traveled the country exhorting men from the Scriptures.
Graves also has been actively engaged in residential discipleship, housing both men and women on the church campus and helping them find freedom from their addictions through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mark Mathes has served since 2006 as minister of music at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. Previously, he led worship in churches in Salem and Festus/Crystal City, Mo.
He holds a Church Music degree from Baptist Bible College. His passion is to lead others in worship and to write new gospel songs.
Mark and his wife, Leisa, have two children: Bobbi and Chad.
Ken Parker is president of the Missouri Baptist Convention and chair of the Executive Board.
He serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Kearney. Prior to answering God’s call to Kearney in 2006, he served as the founding pastor of Southpointe Family Church (SBC) in Fort Smith, Ark.
He also served as pastor of Fianna Hills Baptist Church in Fort Smith and First Baptist Church in Union, Mo. Parker also has served churches in Illinois and Missouri as an associate pastor with responsibilities in music and youth ministry.
Parker has served as a trustee at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor at Midwestern Seminary and Midwestern Baptist College, SBC.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in church music and vocal performance from Missouri Baptist University and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Seminary. In 2013, he earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Midwestern.
Parker and his wife, Lori, have two sons, Zach and Luke.
Dr. Herb Reavis, Jr. has served since 1991 as senior pastor of North Jacksonville (Fla.) Baptist Church. He spreads the gospel locally on radio and television through the broadcast, “Reach Out.”
Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, Reavis is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, Milligan College, and the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies.
He and his wife Lisa have three married sons, Joshua, Jonathan, and Joseph.
Ken Sande is president of RW360. Trained as an engineer, lawyer, and mediator, Ken founded Peacemaker Ministries in 1982, where he conciliated hundreds of family, business, church, and legal conflicts, and guided the development of its global training program. He founded RW360 in 2012 in order to focus on teaching people how to get upstream of by building strong relationships in the family, church, and workplace.
He teaches internationally and is the author of numerous books, articles, and training resources, including The Peacemaker, which has sold more than 500,00 copies in 17 languages. He is certified as a Relational Wisdom Instructor and Christian Conciliator, as well as a Certified Emotional Intelligence Instructor, and has served as an elder in his church, as an editorial adviser for Christianity Today, and as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Montana Bar Association.
John Yeats is executive director – treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Convention. He directs the state’s missionary staff; administers Cooperative Program funds given by MBC 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, Yeats 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.
Yeats holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Sharon, have three sons and nine grandchildren.