Annual Meeting Speakers
J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and currently is serving as the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Summit is characterized by its gospel focus and sending culture. Under Greear’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of more than 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running.
Greear has led the Summit in a bold vision to plant 1,000 new churches by the year 2050. In the last 15 years, the church has sent out more than 1,000 people to live on church planting teams – in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world.
Greear has authored several books, including Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems; Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send; and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved .
He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board with a focus on ministering to Muslims.
Greear and his wife Veronica have four children.
Others. That singular focus summarizes the last 29 years of contagious passion that “Pastor Johnny” has imparted to First Baptist Church Woodstock and the countless lives across the globe his preaching and shepherding have touched. While the church has experienced significant growth under his leadership, it is growth of the person, not the platform, that continues to energize a ministry that sees its best days ahead.
Foremost among the “others” he lives for are his wife of 45 years, Janet Allen Hunt; his two daughters, Deanna Carswell and Hollie Hixson; and his four grandchildren, Katie, Carson, Hope and Addie.
Before coming to the Woodstock, Hunt served at Lavonia Baptist Church in Mooresboro, N.C., Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and his home church, Longleaf Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C.
Hunt’s educational credits include a B.A. in Religion from Gardner-Webb College, where he was voted “Ministerial Student of the Year” in 1979. He continued onto Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1981.
Southeastern honored Hunt in 1997 by naming The Chair of Biblical Preaching in his honor. He also has received several honorary Doctorates over the years for his work in ministry.
Jeremy Muniz is president of the Missouri Baptist Convention and chair of the Executive Board. He serves as senior pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. Prior to answering the call to Ridgecrest in January 2019, he served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of De Soto, Mo., for 18 years.
Muniz has served as a senior pastor in rural Baptist churches in Illinois and Texas. He has also been a chaplain and bereavement coordinator for hospice in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
Muniz has served the Missouri Baptist Convention as the nominating committee chair, recording secretary, and first vice president. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from Mid-Continent University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.
Carlos Smith serves as lead pastor of The Journey Hanley Road in University City, Mo. He is a passionate expositor of the Word of God who is dedicated to equipping believers through biblically faithful preaching.
A native of Detroit, he accepted Christ at age 14 and immediately devoted his life to loving God and sharing the gospel. He has served several congregations as associate pastor, pastor of student and family ministries, and minister of music. His community involvement has included working in the juvenile detention centers of Detroit, mentoring at-risk youth, volunteering as a music and artistic educator, as well as leading multiple churches to form church/public school partnerships.
Smith is a Ph.D. student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He is also a graduate of Indiana University-Fort Wayne, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
Smith and his wife, Monique, have three children.
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.