Muslim Church Planting Consultant
S.D. Abraham works with the BCM/D to help churches understand Muslims, in an effort to reach them for Jesus.
Abraham has been seeking to build a support system for Muslim-to-Christian converts.
It was while trying to convert non-Muslims that Abraham discovered truth. In an effort to convert non-Muslims, he read the Bible to understand Christianity. That’s when his life changed. He became a believer in 1991. Later, as a refugee in Europe, God used him to minister to Muslim refugees, and he taught Bible studies to Christian and Muslim-born Arabs.
Later, Abraham became a Webmaster for www.answering-islam.org, where he writes articles and interacts with curious Muslims and those being drawn to Jesus. It’s a huge opportunity.
Years ago, Abraham said, it was much harder to get the Word out. They used short-wave radios. Now, you can’t stop it, he said. In 2004, he became the Islamic Ministries Specialist with Avant Ministries, through which he speaks at seminars, recruiting and training missionaries and other Christians how to minister to Muslims.
Abraham is available to work with churches to help them understand Islam, and as they prayerfully consider how to interact and minister to their Muslim neighbors.
Ministry Assistant, Spanish Language Translator
Zulma serves alongside her husband, Rolando Castro, in the area of BCM/D Hispanic church multiplication and development.
In 2003, the couple moved to the United States to St. Mary’s County, where Rolando began pastoring a church plant. The couple served the church for three years before Rolando was called to minister with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.
Prior to serving in Maryland, Zulma and Rolando lived in Costa Rica and each of them had successful careers as lawyers. Rolando was serving as an interim pastor at a church in La Cruz Guanacaste before being called to full time ministry.
In addition to her duties with the BCM/D, Zulma serves as part of the leadership team of the Hispanic Baptist Women, where she helps organize retreats and conferences. She also works with Hispanic churches, often being a guest speaker in the areas of parenting, adapting to a new culture, family, women in the Bible and evangelism.
Zulma also is a member of the leadership board and serves as a small group leader at her church, Iglesia ConeXiones, a church Rolando planted and pastors.
In her spare time, she enjoys going to movies, and she’s learning to play the piano. She also enjoys decorating and planning events, such as weddings and parties.
She and Rolando have two adult children, Fabian and Ariana.
Director of Communications; Editor, BaptistLIFE
A native of N.C., Shannon Baker currently serves as director of communications for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as well as editor of BaptistLIFE, the quarterly magazine for the convention. She previously worked in the corporate world in management, technical writing and corporate communications before serving as the director of public relations at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Larry, then served as North American Mission Board church-planting missionaries in Baltimore, before serving over a decade at a “grown-up church plant,” where Shannon worked on church staff, overseeing communications and children’s ministry. Shannon has traveled worldwide as a reporter and a short-term missionary to places, such as East Asia, the Middle East, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico.
Shannon and Larry now serve at the Bridge Fellowship Church in Reading, Pa., where Larry is senior pastor. They have two daughters, Hannah and Lauren.
Shannon holds a master of arts degree in ministry leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill. She has written for Baptist Press and other media outlets, and is a Bible curriculum writer and conference/retreat speaker. She now serves as president-elect of the Baptist Communicators Association. There, she previously served as professional development officer, overseeing the organization’s first two Fall Forums, a Ted Talks-like program featuring nationally recognized Southern Baptist communicators. In her spare time, Shannon’s favorite things to do are traveling, scrapbooking and sleeping.
Hispanic Church Planting Consultant
Rolando Castro serves with our Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s church multiplication team, specifically ministering to and with Hispanic churches. He identifies potential planters, assists in the assessment process and encourages and supports them. He also works to train and coach Hispanic leaders and volunteers in strategic areas of organizational development. And he’s a friend to Hispanic pastors, helping them get connected to the BCM/D staff, share resources and to network them with other church leaders.
Rolando, and his wife, Zulma, are strong supporters of Hispanic church leaders throughout the convention.
In addition to his ministry with the Network, Rolando is planter/pastor of ConeXiones, a bilingual church in Columbia, Md.
Prior to his ministry with the BCM/D, Rolando served as a church planter in the Potomac Baptist Association.
Both Rolando and Zulma are natives of Costa Rica where they both had successful careers as lawyers.
When they’re not working together, Rolando enjoys watching sports, window-shopping, watching movies, and reading. His favorite genre is fantasy—think, “Lord of the Rings.” He also enjoys playing with “Taco,” the family’s Chihuahua.
They have two grown children, Fabian and Ariana.
Rolando is available to meet with church leaders regarding Hispanic ministries and church planting.
Church Planting Team Strategist, State Director of Missions
Michael Crawford leads the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s church multiplication “squad,” that seeks to discover, develop and deploy church planters through church planter assessment and
ongoing church plant support.
He works continually to enhance and streamline church planting procedures, and he is a strong advocate and voice for the planters and for the established churches that support them.
He is a Los Angeles area native and pastored several churches before being called to urban ministry and to Baltimore to plant Freedom Church. Under Crawford’s leadership, Freedom hosts the annual “Unplugged” Conference, an un-scripted, Holy Ghost-led event with the purpose of equipping and encouraging those ministering in Baltimore.
Michael is a triathlete and enjoys golf and motocross. He’s also a big Star Wars fan. He and his wife, Dani, have five children.
He is available to share with pastors and church leaders about the various ways they can be involved in the church planting process.
Facility Support Specialist
Adron Dozat is the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware facility support specialist. Adron oversees the mailroom, purchases supplies, processes printing material, and provides support in whatever is needed, including, “making sure there is some strong coffee to keep us all going!”
He was born in Albany, Calif., and grew up in the San Francisco East Bay Region. He moved to Maryland in 1998.
Adron has worked in a variety of capacities including customer call centers, warehousing, custodial, carpet cleaning, and electronic assembly.
After committing his life to Jesus while in high school, he has served through his church community in a variety of ways from pulling weeds, door-to-door evangelism, preaching at a mission and teaching Sunday school.
In his free time he enjoys painting, drawing and teaching art to homeschool students. He also paints murals. One of his works is the 20-foot long mural at South Columbia Baptist Church’s nursery room.
Adron also enjoys writing. His poetry has been published in magazines since the 80’s. His long-term goal is to publish a collection of Christian poetry. His vision is to write a book people would give as a gift, but that would also have the Gospel interwoven in the poems.
He wants to be part of a greater culture of prayer at the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. He prays for churches and pastors as he goes about his work. He prays over materials or before meetings as he helps set up, seeking God’s blessings for His kingdom. “Sometimes I take the verse of ‘Be still and know I that am God” as my guidance and I just sit and pray for the things we see around here,” Adron said.
Adron and his wife Carolyn have four children, three in college and one who works in food service.
Here are a few of Adron’s blogs: You can read Adron’s blogs:
State Director of Evangelism, State Director of Disaster Relief, Director of Skycroft Conference Center
Doug DuBois serves dually as Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware state director of evangelism and as the executive director of Skycroft Conference Center. He oversees the areas of collegiate evangelism, community engagement, disaster relief and church/school partnerships.
Doug sees the strength of the convention in relationships, sharing time together, getting to know one another in an effort to create genuine friendships and share and meet needs.
“The old model of ‘come to us’ is no longer efficient given the struggles our pastors have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. If you want to see the troops, you have to go see where they serve. Pastors are on the front lines,” he says.
Prior to serving with the convention, Doug served as a lay leader at Elders Baptist Church, Sykesville, in the early 90’s then was called into vocational ministry in 1996 when he began serving at Skycroft.
He enjoys all water sports, including scuba diving and stand-up paddle boarding. Doug is married to Denise, who serves as senior staff accountant for the BCM/D. They have one daughter, Danielle.
Doug is available to meet with pastors and church leaders about opportunities for evangelism.
Sr. Staff Accountant
Denise DuBois serves with the Baptist Convention as senior staff accountant. She prepares payroll for both the BCM/D and Skycroft Conference Center and does the accounting for Skycroft and general ledger accounting for the BCM/D. She also ensures church planters get paid on a monthly basis by analyzing the funds received from NAMB.
Prior to her current full-time ministry, Denise served as store manager, and later as part-time accountant, for Skycroft. In years past, she was an assistant controller for a large real estate company located in Washington, D.C.
In 1988, Denise married Doug DuBois, BCM/D’s state director of evangelism and executive director of Skycroft Conference Center and later they had their daughter, Danielle. The family moved to Skycroft in 1996 when Doug was hired as the assistant resident manager.
Doug and Denise now live in Dagsboro, Del. In her spare time, when possible, Denise heads to the shoreline. “I love the beach and would spend all my time there if I could,” she said.
Music and Worship Consultant
Phil Gifford serves Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware churches as a church-strengthening strategist serving in the areas of worship and music. He is also the church planter/pastor of Connecting Church in Bel Air, Md.
Phil works with churches that want assistance in evaluating and resourcing their worship ministries. He has a desire to, “mentor worship leaders, connect and resource leaders, and help pastors across our convention build not just music programs, but worshipping congregations who will reproduce leaders to serve contextually in the various styles of our diverse and growing network.”
Prior to church planting, Phil served as pastor for Towne Baptist Church in Bel Air and as a pastor of worship in churches in Yorktown, Va., and Johnstown, Pa. These churches provided different styles of worship, granting Phil experience with contemporary, traditional and blended worship, as well as experience with multiple services, a weekly television ministry, and a large choir/orchestra ministry.
While earning his undergraduate degree from Liberty University, Phil served on the Sounds of Liberty musical worship team. As part of the university’s Worship Collective, Sounds of Liberty performs nearly 100 concerts annually, ministering in some of America’s largest churches and organizational events.
“This allowed me to be involved in worship at churches of every style and size throughout my three years on this team,” Phil said, explaining the experience ultimately led him to serve as a full-time worship pastor.
Phil is married to Pam, and they have three children, Caelyn, Jackson, and Hannah.
He’s available to consult with church pastors, and leaders regarding their music and worship ministries.
Director of Baptist Student Ministry, University of Delaware; Collegiate Consultant
Blake Hardcastle is the director of Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Delaware in Newark. He has served in this role for over 20 years with the primary responsibilities being sharing the gospel, discipling students, and connecting them to local churches.
Before campus ministry, Blake has worked as a substitute teacher, painter, waiter, food delivery guy, and even had a paper route.
He and his wife, Jenny, met in high school. The couple has three children, Nathan, Jack and Sam. All three are involved in basketball and baseball.
Blake spends the majority of his free time watching his kids play sports. The remaining free time is spent caring for their home or relaxing in a hammock. He also enjoys sports. His favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Orioles, and Wisconsin Badgers.
Children, Bible Teaching, VBS Consultant
June serves Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware churches in the area of children’s ministry/Bible teaching, primarily helping with Vacation Bible Schools, camps, backyard Bible clubs, seasonal events and more. She assists in developing ministries from the start. She also trains lay leaders and consults with pastors and children’s ministers. June is also passionate about providing churches the information needed to ensure children’s safety, including how to provide security checks for workers. Her focus is ultimately teaching children about Jesus with a goal of each child making a decision to follow Him.
“The years of childhood—birth to preteen—are the most important years of life. They are the foundation upon which all of life is built. It is during these years that a child begins to form concepts and feelings about God, Jesus, Bible, family, and church. Activity learning is used in presenting biblical truths and Christian objectives,” says June.
June was born and raised in Prince George’s County and has lived in Anne Arundel County for many years. Her husband, Ward, a retired pastor who served over 54 years in ministry, was born in Crisfield. “After attending Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., we returned to Maryland for our pastoral ministry. We have served in both established churches and church starts. We have a great love for Maryland and this area,” says June.
Prior to her ministry with the convention, June taught early childhood and elementary education in North Carolina and Maryland, including Baltimore. While teaching in public education, she also worked on several committees and teams to develop and improve programs and curriculums.
In her spare time, June enjoys watching the Baltimore Orioles and other local sports teams, as well as the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, with Ward.
She also enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and cooking—and of course, visiting friends.
June is available to meet with your church to develop ministry strategies, especially in the areas of children’s ministry and safety and security policies and procedures.
WMU Executive Director, Women's Ministry/Minister's Wives Consultant
Melody Knox serves in a dual role for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. As the church strengthening specialist for women, her role is to encourage, equip and engage women by encouraging women to pray, grow as disciples and use their gifts in advancing the Kingdom. She is responsible for assisting women’s ministry leaders in offering Bible studies and events that will lead the women in their churches to a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
As the Maryland/Delaware Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Executive Director, Melody encourages churches to live a missional lifestyle. She is responsible for having materials for Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon offerings mailed to BCM/D churches. She is also responsible for the annual Women on Ministry Retreat, Mother/Daughter Camp and Girls Camp held at Camp Wo-Me-To. Melody is also available to share information on human trafficking, which is escalating in our area. Ultimately, Melody’s goal is for all women to leave a godly legacy for those who come behind them.
She has been a federal employee for 24 years and is currently a program management specialist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in its Graduate School.
She and her husband David, have been married for 28 years and have one son, a Marine, and a daughter, who is presently employed with Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also has three adorable grandchildren. In her leisure time, Melody enjoys reading, exercising and spending time encouraging women in all walks of life.
Melody is available to meet with pastors and church leadership or to share at your church about women’s ministries.
Communications Specialist, BaptistLIFE Correspondent
Sharon Mager serves with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as a communications specialist and BaptistLIFE correspondent. She writes articles and feature stories for the quarterly BaptistLIFE magazine and blog, and assists in the management of social media in an effort to share what God is doing in the life of His church.
In addition to her work with the convention, she works as a freelancer with local community news agencies, including what she considers as a “sweet gig” as a restaurant reviewer. She has written for Baptist Press, several Baptist associations, and has been published in Christianity Today. Prior to working for the BCM/D, she wrote a community news column for the Maryland Gazette.
She has served in churches in the areas of music and worship, children’s ministries, Sunday school, administration and communications.
Sharon also plays the flute and sings in “Stauros Alive,” a band affiliated with Stauros Ministries, a ministry to those struggling with addictions and their families.
She and her husband, Barry, have been married since 1981 and have three grown children, Michael, Shelley and Steven, and three grandchildren.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys reading mysteries, playing music and bowling.
Church Planting Assessment Coordinator
Shelley Mahoney serves the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and “SEND DC” as a church planting assessment coordinator. She assists church planting candidates with completing their NAMB pre-assessments and preparing for their in-person interviews.
She also works as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College and serves as a freelance marketing and social media consultant for Plumb & Pixel, a Georgia-based marketing firm.
Shelley and her late husband, Joshua Allen, served four years ministering at Grace Bible Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Joshua served as senior pastor.
Shelley also served in family minister at Waldorf Baptist Church, and was a summer missionary, working with church planting, with “Embrace Baltimore,” a North American Mission Board Strategic Focus City.
Her most biggest job, she says, is taking care of her sons, Josiah and Liam. They also have two pets in their little family—Spurgeon, a 120-pound bullmastiff and a little black cat named Piper.
In her spare time, Shelley enjoys creative writing, and taking long walks.
African American Church Planting Consultant
Michael Mattar serves as a church-planting specialist for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware facilitating church planting and providing support for the new plants. Michael is also the president of the African American Advisory Council.
In addition, he serves part-time with the Montgomery Baptist Association (MBA), as a language church missionary, focusing on enhancing and developing MBA’s relationship with language mission churches.
He is also the founder and senior pastor of Hope Fellowship, a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic church in Herndon, Va. Interstingly, that church began meeting at the basement of “Woody’s Golf Range.”
Prior to that, he founded and pastored Liberian Christian Baptist Church, later changing the name to Christian Baptist Church, desiring to reach all people, not just the Liberians. The church grew to over 200, drawing people from a variety of ethnic groups.
He is very active in the Liberian Community of the Washington Metro Area through proclamation of the Gospel and community outreach which includes immigration consultation services, funeral services rendered to members of the community without a home church, offering premarital counseling and performing weddings.
He was born in Harper City, Cape Palmas, Maryland County, Republic of Liberia, West Africa. He relocated to the United States in 1980 after the eruption of a civil war in Liberia. He and his wife, Lucretia, have three children, Michael Jr., Liesl Michelle, and Elias Monroe Halim.
He is a board member for “Hindsfeet Ministry,” a United States-based ministry equipping disadvantaged children in Liberia.
Church Strengthening Team Strategist
Randy Millwood serves Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware churches in church strengthening, including an emphasis on leaders’ soul care, strategic disciple-making, small groups, and the Awaken church revitalization process. Randy brings to churches opportunities for spiritual depth, honest evaluation, and soothing encouragement. He also helps pastors slow down long enough to truly hear the voice of God.
In addition to his ministries with the BCM/D, Randy serves as a professional coach, a Doctor of Ministry field mentor and adjunct faculty for various seminaries, including Gateway (formerly Golden Gate), New Orleans and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. He also serves on the faculty and academic council for the fully on-line Rockbridge Seminary.
Randy has served in some form of ministry for over 40 years in church roles from founding pastor to bus pastor and everything in between. He has also worked with LifeWay Christian Resources, and was on faculty with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for eleven years before beginning his ministry at the BCM/D.
In 2012, Randy published his first book, “To Love and To Cherish from This Day Forward: A Portrait of a Healthy Church,” and a related Church Health assessment instrument, “A Portrait of a Healthy Church.” In addition, he has contributed articles to a number of magazines and journals, hosts a blog site (www.simplymillwood.com), and has written and presented a number of academic papers.
Randy and his wife, Adele, were high school sweethearts. They have two sons and seven grandchildren and a beloved Corgi named Ellie May.
He is available to meet with pastors and church leaders to discuss areas regarding church strengthening.
Ministry Assistant, Church Strengthening
Gail serves as a ministry assistant for the BCM/D Church Strengthening team and for the convention’s Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU).
Gail greets visitors, plans retreats, meetings, conferences and trainings. She prepares mailings about upcoming events, including missions mailings for Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon, ensuring they go out in a timely manner. She does it all while balancing the budget of her department and keeping a good sense of humor.
Before coming to the BCM/D, she served five years as a church secretary, and prior to that as an accounts receivable clerk for a medical lab, a manager of a fast food restaurant, a shoe store manager, daycare mother, clerk typist in the Army Reserve and a supervisor in the check processing department of the Federal Reserve Bank, where she met her husband, Ken.
For fun, she spends time with her husband, their daughters, and their families.
Ken and Gail have been married over 40 years. They have two grown daughters, Miko and Heather, and six grandchildren.
Church Planting Support Specialist, IT, Building Operations
Prior to serving the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, Margot taught preschool and elementary school for 25 years in Maryland. She grew up in Babylon, located on the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. She holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Salisbury University but started out studying fashion merchandising at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. She also has completed post graduate work in education from Western Maryland College.
In addition to serving in church planting and operations at the BCM/D, Margot also works with the youth and young adults at Cresthill Baptist Church, where her husband, Jimmy Painter is senior pastor. She and Jimmy have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters, Delaney, a graduate student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and Shannon, who is married and living in Seattle.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and going to the beach. She also enjoys walking and has completed several 5k races.
Associate Director, Skycroft
Emily Reedy serves as associate director at Skycroft Conference Center, overseeing the staff and day-to-day operations, bookings, retreats and events, including summer camps.
Previous to her work at Skycroft, Emily worked with community engagement campaigns and communication initiatives for Frederick County Public Schools and Washington County Government.
Emily is married to Steven Reedy, a middle school teacher in Frederick.
Emily said she’s a “self-proclaimed townie,” having grown up on the mountain in Boonsboro, not far from Skycroft. Emily. She started working at Skycroft as a lifeguard when she was 15.
“It’s very cool how God has brought me back in my adult life to serve in ministry here!” Emily said.
In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, taking walks with Steven, as well as hiking, kayaking, boating, etc. “…which makes Western Maryland the perfect playground for us!” she says. She also enjoys reading.
Emily is passionate about youth ministry and cherishes the opportunity to serve and minister to the students at her church.
Minister’s Counseling and Support Consultant
Tom Rodgerson serves with the BCM/D as a missionary providing counseling and support.
Tom encourages pastors and churches through counseling, coaching, and consulting. He directs the Ministers Counseling Service, provides coaching for church planters, and consults with churches who are in need of mediation or who are working on transformation in a crucial time of transition.
He has been serving in that capacity since 1990. In 1998, he was hired as a consultant more formally with BCMD. He served as a local pastor for 13 years and then served as executive director of Centrepointe Counseling, Inc. for 20 years where he still serves as the clergy and congregational care coordinator. During that time he also completed his Ph.D. with a research focus on clergy burnout.
Currently, Tom is a full-time faculty member of Loyola University Maryland in the Department of Pastoral Counseling where he serves as director of the MA Program in Spiritual and Pastoral Care and teaches across the M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. His professional writing recently has focused on topics such as pastoral diagnosis, clergy self-renewal, and marital assessment. He is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland.
Tom has been married to Beverly Chancey Rodgerson for 44 years and they have three children and 2 grandchildren.
In his spare time he enjoys gardening, hiking, scuba diving, and playing with the grandchildren.
Since June 2016, Dr. Kevin Smith has served as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. Prior to this position, he served as assistant professor of church history and Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville; and president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and chairman of its Mission Board.
A native of Washington, D.C., Brother Smith grew up in Prince George’s County, where he attended DaMatha Catholic High School and now tells of fond memories of weeks spent at the YMCA summer camps in Edgewater, Md., as well as many teenage nights at the Inner Harbor and the Woodlawn Mall. He even served as a research assistant for the U.S. Senate.
Prior to joining Highview’s staff in 2013, Smith served as senior pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville for eight years. In the Kentucky convention, Smith served on its Great Commission Task Force, encouraging church leaders to increase Cooperative Program giving, and on the Committee on Committees (2006-2009), Administrative Committee (2007-2010) and Committee on Credentials (2012-2015).
Smith has been a member of the SBC Committee on Resolutions on five occasions, most recently in 2014. SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page appointed him to the SBC African American Advisory Council, which met from 2012-2015. Smith also is a member of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Network Council.
Smith earned an undergraduate degree from Hampton University, a historically black college in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where his father is an alumnus.
After serving in New York City as an auditor, Smith moved to Kentucky to study tax law and sat under the ministry of Elder D.J. Ward, pastor of Lexington’s Main Street Baptist Church. There, he was discipled and called into ministry — and he met his wife Patricia.
They soon married and moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where Smith studied at the Church of God Theological Seminary, now called Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., earning a master of divinity degree in historical studies in 2001.
While in Chattanooga, Smith served as associate pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and then as senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church before planting Love Fellowship Baptist Church, a mission church in a housing development/low-income area.
He additionally has been a visiting professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an instructor at Simmons Bible College in Louisville and Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He has led short-term missions trips to the Caribbean and Africa.
The Smiths have three adult children, JeMichael, Dane and Keturah, and two adopted nephews Timothy and Josiah.
International Student Consultant
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Team Strategist for Convention Operations
Tom serves as the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as chief operating officer, chief financial officer and team strategist for convention operations. He directs, supervises, and coordinates the finance, accounting, and budgeting operations of the BCM/D. He also serves the staff as Human Resource Director and manages corporate insurance coverage. Tom leads the Baptist Foundation of Maryland/Delaware as Director, also serving as treasurer, managing its church loan program.
He has a passion for the church and routinely provides various types of training to local churches about ministers’ taxes, budgeting, establishing effective internal financial controls, and financial stewardship.
Tom and his wife, Shelley, have been married for over 25 years and have three sons, JT, Jake, and Jimmy, a child with autism. This journey has sparked a passion within Tom to assist our churches in the area of effective special needs ministry.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys sports, especially pro and college football. He loves his beloved Minnesota Vikings and Maryland Terrapins and enjoys a few fall Saturday afternoons enjoying Terrapin football games as a season ticket holder. He also enjoys participating in events that raise awareness for special needs causes such as walks for autism. And every once in a while, he will fire up his Xbox and take a little time to himself to play a video game!
Tom is available to consult with pastors and church leaders regarding finances, investing, and stewardship.
Ministry Assistant, Evangelism
Nikia Taylor, “Niki,” works with the BCM/D Operations Team, managing the administrative duties and working to support the strategists, oversee event planning and help with the website and social media. She also provides support for the Skycroft Conference Center.
Prior to her ministry with the BCM/D, Niki served as office manager at Georgia Avenue Baptist Church.
Niki received her Master of Arts degree in professional counseling from Liberty University and her bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She is working toward my licensure at a private practice.
In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with recipes, cooking, baking and cake decorating. She also enjoys reading and watching movies.
Church Strengthening, Community Engagement Consultant
Ellen Udovich serves as strategist for Church Strengthening: Community Engagement, helping to exponentially amplify the impact of evangelism ministries in Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware churches through evangelism training, disaster preparedness, coaching and support. She enjoys teaching Christians to be “on mission” in their daily lives, living by example, and using everyday opportunities to show the love of to those around them.
Prior to ministering with the BCM/D, Ellen served with the Baltimore Baptist Association as director of church and community ministries, supervising the Baltimore Baptist Port ministry; summer sports evangelism clinics, and Canton Baptist Center. She also recruited and oversaw mission teams and volunteers serving in Baltimore.
She was born on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore but she and her husband, Charlie, have lived in Baltimore for over 30 years where they enjoy exploring the city. Ellen also enjoys urban gardening and has helped others start gardens in the city.
Ellen, who holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Social Work degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is available to meet with pastors and church leaders to discuss ways to help your church be “on mission,” and to develop and/or improve your evangelism strategies.
Executive, Finance Office Coordinator, Managing Editor of BaptistLIFE
Iris joined the convention in August 2001, just two weeks before the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Prior to that time she was an assistant project manager for a real estate developer in Baltimore City who specialized in community development, mixed-use and specialty projects, as well as shopping centers and retail stores.
Originally from North Little Rock, Ark., she taught elementary school in Arkansas and fourth grade at St. Martin’s Lutheran School in Annapolis, Md., before moving to Canada. Upon returning to Maryland, she operated a desktop publishing business for ten years providing services to W.R. Grace, Ford Motor Company, Gillette, and others.
She married her high school sweetheart, Ken, who after 35 years left his professional career as a CFO and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a master’s degree in theology. He is currently pastoring Cross Walk Church in Baltimore. The Whites have three grown children, Kenny, Lisa, and Laura, and eleven grandchildren (including four adopted grandchildren from Colombia, South America).
In her spare time, Iris enjoys being with her family, weaving tapestries, playing the piano, and reading.