Annual Meeting Speakers
Michael Byrd serves as lead pastor of Faith Community Bible Church in Jennings, Mo., a new church planted in 2016. The mission of Faith Community is to make Christ known in the community by caring for the community. Under Byrd’s leadership, church members aim to create a culture of promoting Jesus, intentional evangelism, gospel centeredness, and loving others.
Byrd is pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry and Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to the love of his life, Traci, who supports him and encourages him to do the will of God. He and Traci have four children: Triniti, Makayla, Michael Jr., and Tyler.
Ronnie Floyd was elected president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention on April 2, 2019. He has deep experience in Southern Baptist leadership, having served two terms as SBC president (2014-2016), as chairman of the Great Commission Task Force of the SBC (2009-2010), and on the SBC Executive Committee (1988-1998).
Floyd also served as general editor of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Bible Studies for Life curriculum; chief mobilization strategist with the North American Mission Board; and was on GuideStone Financial Resources’ board of trustees.
He was pastor of five churches over a span of 43 years, the last 32 of which were as senior pastor of Cross Church, a multi-campus church in Northwest Arkansas. His experience, wisdom, and passion for God make him a powerful proclaimer of God’s Word and an inspiring leader.
Floyd and his wife, Jeana, have two sons and seven grandchildren.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
In additional to his presidential duties, Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues.
A leader within the Southern Baptist Convention, Mohler has served in several offices, including a term as chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions, which is responsible for the denomination’s official statements on moral and doctrinal issues. He is the author of several books, including The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture and the Church; We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, & the Very Meaning of Right & Wrong; and Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters.
He and his wife, Mary, have two children and two grandchildren.
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: Averi and Zachary.
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.