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.