Annual Meeting Speakers
Dr. Kirk Baker has served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Camdenton since November 2013. He came to FBC from Calvary Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho, though most of his pastoral experience has been in Missouri.
He received Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Baker and his wife, Kristi, have been married 27 years. Both are originally from Lawson, Mo. They have three children: Kati, Stefanie, and Coleman.
Judy Dabler is founder of Creative Conciliation, a ministry established in Creve Coeur, Mo., that seeks to advance Christian conciliation around the world. Rooted in nearly two decades of peacemaking experience, the focus of Creative Conciliation is to educate, equip, and encourage others who are passionate about helping conflicted individuals, groups, and communities become reconciled and restored.
Raised in a battle-filled blended family, and experiencing long-standing struggles in her extended family and church, Dabler, who surrendered to Christ in her late twenties, has logged more than 25,000 hours of biblically based coaching, mediation, consulting and education. She is a certified Christian counselor with master’s degrees in theological studies and counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
She has coauthored (with Tara Barthel) Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict, and is an instructor and certification coach for Peacemaker Ministries.
After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations from 2005-2009, then as president from 2011-2014. Prior to that, he served as pastor in churches in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. He also served as president of the SBC Pastors Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Elliff is founder of Living in the Word Publications, named after a radio broadcast he hosted for 25 years. Living in the Word is a writing, publishing, and speaking ministry focused on the urgency of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth and the ongoing necessity of prayer and spiritual awakening. Eliff has spoken in numerous conferences and crusades across the U.S. and in many other countries.
He also is a frequent speaker at conferences and on programs addressing issues related to marriage and family. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Elliff and his wife, Jeannie (now deceased), are blessed with four children, 25 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dr. Kevin Ezell serves as the president of the North American Mission Board, providing strategic vision, direction, and leadership as NAMB works to reach North America through evangelism and church planting.
Ezell earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He received a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
He most recently served as senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville for 14 years.
Ezell and his wife, Lynette, have six children: Anna, Shelly, Taylor, John Michael, Libby, and Micah Lyn.
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 been a trustee at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary since 2008 and also has served as an adjunct professor at Midwestern Seminary and Midwestern Baptist College, SBC.
He graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 1988, earning a bachelor’s degree in church music and vocal performance. He received an M.Div. in 1995 and a D.Min. in 2002 from Midwestern Seminary. In 2013, he graduated with a Master of Arts in counseling from Midwestern.
Parker and his wife, Lori, have two sons, Zach and Luke.
Ryan Langford is minister of music – bands and singers – at Houston’s First Baptist Church (Texas). He oversees five campus worship teams and enjoys the team development process. He has served in full-time ministry for 16 years.
He and his wife, Amanda, have four boys and live in Katy, Texas.
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.