D.A. Horton Pastor of Reach Fellowship, North Long Beach, Calif.

D.A. Horton
Pastor, Reach Fellowship, North Long Beach, Calif.

Pastor Horton's Bio

D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship a church plant in North Long Beach, CA & as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). Prior to his current roles he served as an urban church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records.

He earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has authored three books: G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith (published through Moody Publishers) and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace, (published through NavPress). He and his wife of 13 years Elicia are co-authoring a book on marriage. D.A. and Elicia have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).

The Nelons
The Nelons

The Nelons' Bio

With tight family harmonies, timeless songs and a passion for worship, The Nelons have been captivating audiences for four decades.

Standing on the legacy of founder and patriarch Rex Nelon; Kelly, Jason, Amber and Autumn continue the family tradition with unparalleled vocal excellence, incomparable harmonies and stunning live performances. The group has recorded more than 35 albums with chart-topping Southern Gospel classics like “We Shall Wear a Robe and Crown,” “Come Morning,” and “O For a Thousand Tongues.”

With a love for the old and a vision for the new, The Nelons embrace their traditional roots, all the while, bridging the generational gap by pushing musical boundaries.

Their awards and accolades include three Grammy Nominations, six Dove Awards, 14 Singing News Fan Awards and a People’s Choice Silver Telly Award for the concept video “Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?” They are frequently featured on the best-selling Gaither Homecoming recordings and videos and have performed on The Grand Ole Opry, among other historic venues. However, it’s their heart for people and uncanny gift to communicate God’s love that has helped to expand the audience for Gospel music around the world.

For original group member Kelly Nelon Clark, singing alongside her husband Jason and daughters Amber and Autumn, this is a full-circle moment as she reflects on the countless nights she shared the stage with her father, Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Rex Nelon.  “I can remember people saying, ‘I wish you could see your father when you sing.’ I didn’t understand it then. But now as I watch my girls sing, I glow with pride and totally understand it.”

When the Nelons are not on the road, they call Georgia home. Though whether on the road or at home, the creativity never stops… and neither does the family bond. Jason is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and producer while Kelly is an accomplished actress of both television and film, appearing in movies like His Love Is Blind, The Cardinal Rule and Losing Faith.  Amber is signed to Daywind records as a solo artist and recently released her first adult solo album Just Sing.  Her powerhouse soprano vocals earned her the coveted Favorite Female Singer win at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling and is working on her Master’s. Autumn joined the group full-time just two years ago and has been wowing audiences ever since with her crystal clear soprano sound and musical talent on both the mandolin and banjolin. When she leaves the stage, Autumn is hard at work studying. She’s a freshman in college at Baptist College of Florida.

Together as The Nelons, Jason, Kelly, Amber and Autumn are a family devoted to God, each other, and ministering the Gospel of Christ through music and the Word.

Frank Page President, CEO, SBC Executive Committee

Dr. Frank Page
President, CEO, SBC Executive Committee

Dr. Page's Bio

Frank Page currently serves as president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, where he views his role of CEO as “chief encouraging officer.” He wants to encourage Baptists everywhere to participate in the shared task of reaching men, women, and children with the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

He and his wife Dayle served together in pastoral ministry for 35 years. Their first church was in Texas; their last pastorate was at First Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. They have three daughters, one of whom preceded us to heaven; four grandsons; and one granddaughter.

Page’s greatest passions in life are telling others about Jesus, spending time with family, serving others in the Name of Jesus, and preaching the Word.

Kevin Smith, Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delware

Kevin Smith
Executive Director, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delware

Kevin Smith's Bio

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.

Dr. Jarrett Stephens Teaching Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Dr. Jarrett Stephens
Teaching Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Dr. Stephens' Bio

Jarrett Stephens spoke at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event as a 17-year-old in Bossier City, La., and he knew at that moment that he was called to the ministry. Up until then, his ambition had been to play college football and pursue a coaching career. As a college student in 1997, he attended the Southern Baptist Convention and heard Pastor Jack Graham preach for the first time. That’s when he knew he wanted to be a preacher.

And he is grateful for the call to this date.

Jarrett graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Psychology. He received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006 and his Doctorate of Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary in January 2012.

He began his ministry at Prestonwood as an Intern to Married Adults in 2000, and then served as Associate to Young Singles and Minister to Young Singles.

For the past six years, Jarrett has served as Teaching Pastor at Prestonwood. He is part of the Preaching Team and preaches during the Saturday Worship Service at the Plano Campus and on various Sunday mornings at all three campuses. Jarrett also oversees the Internship Program, which includes more than 30 interns at any given time, and the Prestonwood Network, which gives support to ministers all over the world who are leading churches planted by Prestonwood.

“Pastor Graham has had a profound influence on my life,” Jarrett said. “Just listening to him, going on hospital visits with him and working through sermons together, has been such a blessing. Now, I am able to invest in others, the way he invested in me. I’ve always said that I learned my theology from seminary but I learned leadership and how to effectively lead a church and influence people through Pastor Graham.”

Jarrett and his wife, Debbie, live in Lewisville and have four daughters, Riley, Kelsey, Cameron and Landry.

AM17_Dr. Mike Trammell

Dr. Mike Trammell
Pastor, Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Mt. Airy, Md.
President, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware

Dr. Trammell's Bio

Dr. Michael Trammell, president of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, is the senior pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Mt. Airy, Md.

He has served in numerous positions in two Arkansas associations and in the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association. He also has served in a number of capacities at the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware: as recent president and member of the General Mission Board; as a member of the resolutions committee and the order of business committee; general chairman of the Advancing Christ’s Kingdom fundraising effort; and president of the pastor’s conference.

On the national level, Dr. Trammell has served on several SBC committees including the nominations, resolutions and credentials committees, as well as the SBC Executive Committee, among other duties. He also has traveled with the International Mission Board to Lithuania and to South Asia.

Dr. Trammell surrendered to the Gospel Ministry during a revival meeting at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Ky., in 1979 after serving in active duty in the U.S. Army at Ft. Knox, Ky.

Dr. Trammell holds a doctor of ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., a master of divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Memphis, Tenn., and bachelor of arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark. Midwestern Seminary named him Outstanding Alumnus for 2007.

He and his wife, Pamela, have two children: John Matthew and wife Sarah and son William Michael; and Mark Edward and wife Kate and daughter Hazel. Both families live in Brunswick, Md., and are active members of Mt. Airy Baptist Church.