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 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.
Church Planting Catalyst
Rolando Castro serves with our Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s church planting 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.
Rolando also 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 Catalyst
James Choi, as church planting catalyst for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, will assist with coaching and training church planters. Like his predecessor, Robert Kim, who retired in 2016, Choi also seeks to develop strong relationships with the convention’s Asian churches.
Choi has been a member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., since 2015, when he participated in a pastoral internship under Dr. Mark Dever, president of 9Marks Ministry. Through it, he gained a “robust ecclesiology” and an appreciation for building healthy biblical churches and raising up leaders for the next generation, particularly in the Asian-American church.
For over 7 years, Choi served as an associate pastor, primarily ministering to English-speaking second generation Korean-Americans at Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md., after serving churches in Texas in worship and youth ministry.
Ordained as Southern Baptist minister in November 2011 at Global Mission Church, Choi holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, focused on researching and developing a helpful resource for next generation pastors to help establish healthy churches.
He and his wife, Jeri, have two children.
Church Planting Team Consultant, 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:
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.
Collegiate Ministry Consultant; Director of Baptist Student Ministry, University of Delaware
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.
Women’s Ministry Consultant/Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Executive Director
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 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 Services Consultant
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.
Facilities Manager, Church Planting Ministry Associate, IT Coordinator
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.
Director of Baptist Student Ministry University of Maryland, College Park
Jessica Senasack serves as collegiate minister at the University of Maryland/College Park.
Jessica explained that through Baptist Collegiate Ministries, students become part of a community of college students who seek Jesus through worship, discipleship, evangelism, service, and mission.
“I love college ministry because college is the time when students first get to make their faith their own. Their family is no longer there to take them to church, so they have to decide if following Jesus is really what they want to do. It is awesome to watch them figure this out and then see them find their role in the Kingdom. One of the main goals of our ministry is to help college students discover their gifts and passions so that when they graduate they already know how God wants to use them for His glory.”
Jessica grew up in Baldwin, Md., and attended Long Green Baptist Church. She attended college at the University of Maryland where she studied math and was actively involved in campus ministry. Upon graduating she became a semester missionary through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) working with Baptist Campus Ministries at Anne Arundel Community College, where she later continued serving for four years. She was then offered the position as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been since June 2007.
Jessica has been married to her husband, Andy, since July 2007. He works as an auto mechanic. “We spend a lot of our time hanging out with college students and fixing cars for people, but when we do have free time we enjoy going out for a good meal, relaxing while watching TV, hanging out with friends, and playing with our two crazy black labs.”
Bulletin Blurb: Jessica Senasack serves as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has served since 2007. She previously served as semester missionary through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) working with Baptist Campus Ministries at Anne Arundel Community College, where she later continued serving for four years.
Dr. Kevin Smith leads the staff of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. He has experience as a pastor, chaplain, church planter, conference speaker, and short-term missionary. He has studied at Hampton University, the Church of God Theological Seminary, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, subsequently serving on Southern’s faculty for over a decade. In 2015, while serving the Highview Baptist Church in Louisville (KY), he was elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Kevin and his wife, Patricia, have three adult children and two great-nephews. His hobbies include whatever sports his kids were playing and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His ministry is animated by Jesus’ prayer for the unity of His followers in John 17.
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
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.
Church Services Ministry Associate
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 Services Consultant, Community Engagement Consultant
Ellen Udovich serves as a consultant for 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 and Finance Office Coordinator, Managing Editor, 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.