State Director of Evangelism
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Mark Dooley assumed the role of state director of evangelism, effective Jan. 1. In that role, he leads the efforts of BCM/D’s church services team and encourage evangelistic fruitfulness among more than 500 congregations.
Dooley brings over 34 years of ministerial and pastoral experience to the position. In addition to his ministry as pastor of Leonardtown Baptist Church, he served several terms on the BCM/D General Mission Board (GMB) and is a past GMB president. Recently, Dooley served on the Southern Baptist Convention committee on nominations. On the associational level, he served on several committees with the Potomac Baptist Association.
“Having served in BCM/D responsibilities in the past and seeing the good work the staff does, I’m excited to be a part of that and to be able to further that ministry full-time,” Dooley said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the pastors and their churches and helping them meet their needs.”
He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity. He and his wife Karen have four children: Hannah (27), Alex (25), Matthew (23), and Rachel (20).
Evangelism and Pastoral Connection Consultant
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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.