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GARBC National Representative
Mike Hess serves as the National Representative of the GARBC. Mike grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oswego, Illinois, and came to know Christ as his Savior at the age of 17. He and his wife, Christina, met in college and have been blessed with two children, Joseph and Hannah.
In Mike’s role as National Representative, he serves the association by encouraging local churches, counseling churches and pastors in need, assisting in pastoral placement, speaking in various churches and ministry settings, mentoring and training other pastors, and by championing our fellowship’s doctrinal statement.
Before assuming the role of National Representative, Mike served as a senior pastor in the states of Illinois and Iowa. He has served consecutive terms on the GARBC Council of 18 and has been heavily involved in our association with speaking, writing, biblical counseling, and facilitating our national conference. He has been blessed to speak in various countries including Australia, Argentina, Columbia, Haiti, Mexico, Italy, and Israel.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University and his master’s degree from Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Currently he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree. He’s a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
Mike and his wife, Christina, enjoy traveling, reading, enjoying their chocolate Labrador, Lucy, and faithfully following and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Email Mike.
Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Ministries
Manning Brown graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in telecommunications. In addition, he holds an M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University and M.A. from Air Command and Staff College.
Manning and his wife, Jennifer, were married in 1988 and left for active duty with the Air Force. In nearly 22 years of service, they moved multiple times, including two tours in Germany. Manning spent four years on missile combat crew in the Minuteman III ICBM, before career broadening into Air Force Recruiting Service and later as a public affairs officer. In that time he served as a squadron commander, and when he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2010, he was the deputy director of public affairs for U.S. Air Forces Europe. In addition, he had three deployments in the course of his career, one in Turkey and two in Iraq.
While in the military, Manning had numerous opportunities to serve the Lord in churches and chapels around the country and the world. Licensed and ordained while on active duty, he has taught and preached the gospel in a variety of environments. After retirement from the Air Force, Manning joined Regular Baptist Ministries as director of marketing and communications before becoming director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Ministries in 2015. Manning ministers to the needs of our chaplaincy families and communicates to the churches of our fellowship the opportunity for outreach through military, institutional, and community service chaplaincy. Manning and Jennifer have two grown sons, Connor and Austin. E-mail Manning.
Regular Baptist Press Director
David Gunn is an educator, writer, and fulltime theology junkie. He was educated at Shasta Bible College (B.A.), Corban University School of Ministry (M.Div), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Baptist Bible Seminary (Ph.D., in progress). As director of Regular Baptist Press, David is responsible for providing administrative oversight for RBP, charting a course for the future, assuring fidelity to the association’s doctrinal distinctives, and representing the ministry to churches and parachurch organizations.
In addition to his work as director of Regular Baptist Press and managing editor of the Baptist Bulletin, David teaches online courses in Bible, theology, and apologetics for Shasta Bible College and Clarks Summit University. Prior to his tenure with Regular Baptist Press, David served as a minister of music in several Baptist churches.
David is passionate about theology, apologetics, and engaging culture from a biblical worldview. He frequently presents on these issues at the GARBC annual conference and online via the Regular Baptist Web Community. David resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Caleb and Felix. E-mail David.
International Ministries Director
Chris Hindal is ideally suited for his role as director of GARBC International Ministries. In his prior 35 years of pastoral ministries in GARBC churches, he led his congregations to gain an expanding vision for the harvest fields of the world. God has given Chris and Deb Hindal a great burden for international ministry, and they have traveled repeatedly to mission fields, often leading teams from their churches.
Chris has served multiple terms on the GARBC Council of Eighteen with distinction and is an advisory board member of ABWE. The Hindals have four married children who are actively involved in ministry. E-mail Chris and Deb.
National Coordinator for Church Planting
Director of Regular Baptist Builders Club
Clare assists Regular Baptist Churches in planting more churches by developing partnerships with churches, regional associations, and mission agencies. In addition to his passion for helping churches start, he provides resources and assistance to churches for revitalization and growth. Clare also serves as the Regional Director for ABWE North America West, in which he facilitates church planting, develops partnerships with ethnic groups living in North America, and engages next generation leaders in church planting. In addition, Clare teaches ministry leadership and church planting at Corban University in Salem, Oregon.
Prior to taking on his current responsibilities, Clare served as Senior Pastor of Lakewood Park Baptist Church in Auburn, Indiana for 20 years. During that time he developed church planting partnerships in Ukraine, India, Nepal, Russia, Brazil and Jamaica.
Clare and his wife, Donna, have four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Email Clare.
Regular Baptist Ministries Treasurer and Controller
Mark Johnson joined Regular Baptist Ministries in 2009 and currently serves as Treasurer and Controller. In this role, he oversees the organization’s finances as well as its information technology, facilities, and legal operations. With an extensive background in law and tax for ministries and non-profits, Mark also serves as an advisor to GARBC churches and frequently publishes updates covering legal and financial issues that affect them. His passion is to help churches understand and care for their business needs so that their ministries can thrive.
Mark received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pensacola Christian College (Florida) in 2004 and went on to work for his alma mater in accounting and financial strategy roles prior to joining RBM.
Mark enjoys cycling in suburban Chicago and is well-known among friends and neighbors for authentic, southern-style barbecue. He serves in his local church as a musician and is an active volunteer for several organizations in his home community. Email Mark.
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