State Director of Missions, Church Planting Team Consultant
Michael Crawford leads the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s church planting team 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.
Evangelism and Pastoral Connection Consultant
John Gauger, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Perryville, serves on the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s Church Services team as an interim Church Services consultant in the area of evangelism and pastoral connection.
In this role, Gauger visits and connects with senior pastors throughout the BCM/D and will assist congregations in strengthening their capacities and effectiveness in reaching their communities with the Gospel.
Gauger and his wife, Linda, have served together in ministry for 40 years, 27 of which were at FBC, Perryville, where “a high percentage of those we have seen trust Christ have grown to faithfully serve the Lord,” Gauger said at his retirement.
“We have seen a number become pastors, pastors’ wives, missionaries, and one campus missionary.”
Under Gauger’s pastoral leadership, the church ministered in four countries, developing especially close connections with churches in Mexico and West Africa in addition to several local missions efforts, including a Celebrate Recovery ministry, annual block parties, and various ministries of compassion. They also partner with their local middle school and even with church plants in Baltimore.
Send City Missionary, Baltimore
Dan Hyun, pastor of The Village Church in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, as a church planting catalyst for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, will assist with coaching and training church planters.
Hyun was raised in the greater Philadelphia area, receiving degrees in speech communication from Penn State University and a master of divinity degree and a doctor of ministry degree in urban missiology at Biblical Theological Seminary.
In 2008, he was privileged to lead a team of 11 from Grace Life Church, Baltimore, to start The Village Church “with dreams of making God famous through a diverse and multicultural expression of the Kingdom of God.”
“We didn’t start off with everything that a successful church plant should have but God has been so faithful,” shared Hyun. “Even through all the ups and downs, we’ve seen God move in mighty ways.”
Accordingly, Hyun hopes his experiences will help the next generations of church planters as they seek to reach their communities for Christ.
An avid writer, Hyun regularly shares his thoughts at LifewayPastors.com. Speaking also is a passion for Hyun, as he leads others on issues including leadership, urban ministry, justice, and church planting. In particular, he founded and directs an annual Ethnos Conference to lead the Church in conversations about multicultural mission and reconciliation.
He and his wife, Judie, have two daughters.
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 Planting Coordinator, Facilities Manager, 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.