Speakers

Elijah Ketchum
Teen Director - First Baptist Church of Milford

Elijah serves as the Youth Director at First Baptist Church of Milford. He has been serving at First Baptist Church since 2013 and has been involved in a variety of areas including the Youth Ministry and Media. He is happily married to Lauren Ketchum, who serves alongside him in the Youth Ministry as well as in the Media Department at First Baptist Church.

David Martin
Representative - firstBible International

David Martin has been in the Gospel ministry for over 50 years. He served in associate work for 10 years, was senior pastor for 38 years, and in 2018 came to Milford to serve as an instructor in Bible and North American Ministries. During his time here God was working in his heart regarding ministry with firstBible International working to reach the Unreached to the uttermost. Bro. Martin ministers now as a missionary/representative teaching online courses that train converts and ministers in Centers connected with firstBible International. He is available for ministry presentations, mission conferences, and pulpit supply.

Ted & Jo Mock
Representative - Lighthouse Children's Homes

Ted and Jo met at his father’s church in Arkansas during their high school years. They were married in 1976 and now have two married children and five grandchildren. Jo came to know Christ as a nine-year-old in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Ted was saved at the age of nine in Mobile, Alabama. Ted attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri while Jo went to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In 2003 God led the Mocks to move to Tennessee and begin representing the Lighthouse Children’s Homes, a ministry that provides quality Christian training for wayward, needy and unloved homeless children in the US and around the world. Over the years Ted and Jo have been successful church planters and full time ministry workers, but the Lord has always kept them serving in their “forte” – children’s ministry. The Mocks continue to represent the homes and assist with special projects for six homes in foreign countries. Currently they reside in Powell, Tennessee, and travel representing the homes as they also minister to churches and families across America.

Dale Money
Director - firstBible International

Bro. Money is a product of godly parents, a solid church, and a vibrant youth ministry. After receiving so much, Bro. Dale served eight years as a youth pastor in SC. Since 2000, Bro. Money has been a missionary with Bearing Precious Seed, focusing on the Seedline section of the ministry. He served as Director for seven years, during which time he implemented district levels of local church involvement in Scripture publishing. Since 2013, Bro. Dale has been the Director of firstBible International. Regardless where he has served, his heart to invest in young people has remained the same.

Larry Quinlan
Professor - Biblical School of World Evangelism

Larry Quinlan was born into a missionary family and raised in the Philippine Islands. At the age of five, he was born again. As a child Larry surrendered his life to God for His use, and at the age of fifteen God called him to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. He and his wife Nancy arrived in Indonesia in 1987, where they planted churches and trained and assisted many other Indonesian nationals to go and do the same. After thirty years on the field, God led the Quinlan’s here to First Baptist Church of Milford where he heads up the Mission Concentration at Biblical School of World Evangelism.

Chad Robinson
Director - BPS/Seedline

In the summer of 2013 Chad Robinson and his family moved to Milford, Ohio to serve in the Seedline ministry of Bearing Precious Seed. After working 19 years with the same company, he stepped down from his position to open up more time to serve in his local church and begin his studies through Bible college. This obedience led to the desire and calling to serve full-time with BPS. Chad and his wife Heidi have been married 27 years and have three daughters and two sons: Becca (Jay), Beth (Matthew), and Brooke. They travel to churches who desire to partner in the publishing of God's Word through Seedline Projects where they assemble Scriptures that will be sent to missionaries and church planters all around the world.

Heidi Robinson

Heidi serves with her husband, Chad Robinson, the director of BPS/Seedline, a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Milford. As missionaries for the past seven years, they have traveled to churches across the country assembling Scriptures. As acting secretary of firstBible International, Heidi has researched, developed, and taught students about unreached people groups. Her degree in journalism has greatly assisted the firstBible team in launching the new curriculum, Opening the 10/40 Window. This curriculum is soon to be published into a format which churches and schools could use in a classroom setting. Before moving to Milford, she homeschooled her three daughters, worked as a parent educator for the state of Pennsylvania, and actively served in their local church.

Melissa Roe

Melissa has served alongside her husband, Jim Roe, as a missionary sent out by the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. Since 1998, the Roes have worked in a Restricted Access Nation, training nationals to do the Great Commission. Missions education has become an ever-growing priority in her life and she seeks to pass that on to others. Encouraging Christians to love and embrace a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic world is her passion. Jim and Melissa have two daughters, Jerusha and Kimi. In addition to missions work, Melissa writes, speaks, and teaches about missions.

Sharon Sallmen

Sharon was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of six by her first grade teacher. After a minimal amount of one-on-one training in the Language Arts, she was able to succeed in the classroom with little continued help. However, when her son and daughter received similar diagnosis, she decided to obtain further instruction on how to teach Dyslexic children. Sharon has been tutoring young people with similar learning challenges since 2014. She is currently working with students at Milford Christian Academy as well as local home-schoolers as a Dyslexic Specialist. It is her goal to help others understand the unique needs of children with Dyslexia.

Wendi Shadwick

Wendi became a member of First Baptist Church of Milford in 1998 and has been the nursery director since 2007. She is married to Kelly and they have 2 children: Eden and Liam.

Charles Shoemaker
President - Church Planting America

Charles Shoemaker began life in the Chicago area, converted to Christ at the age of eight because gospel-preaching churches were focused on children’s ministry. After being called to preach at 16, he earned a Bible Diploma from the Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University. He has earned degrees (Ed.D., M.A.) from educational institutions, including a D.D. from Midwestern Baptist College. He served as the Admin. Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and President of their college for 15 years. Dr. Shoemaker is a frequent speaker among church leadership conferences, and he currently serves as the President of Church Planting America--a missions agency promoting church planting in the U.S. and throughout the world. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 45 years and reside in Jacksonville, Florida. They have two daughters and two sons-in-law (all in full-time ministry) and six grandchildren.

Keith Smith

Pastor Smith joined the staff of Pine Bluff in 1989 where he served as Youth Pastor and Director of Venture of Faith Camp for fifteen years before becoming Senior Pastor in 2005. While serving as Director of VFC, Bro. Keith had the opportunity to travel and preach in churches all over the southeast. As time allows and wherever the Lord leads, he still enjoys speaking and encouraging churches. As a part of his first love in the pastorate, he is passionate about mentoring and training young people for the ministry. The venue of a summer camp allows Bro. Smith to continue to have an impact on the next generation of the church. Keith and his high school sweetheart, Kim, were married after graduating from Pensacola Christian College. In 2019, they celebrated thirty years serving at Pine Bluff as well as thirty years of blissful marriage! Keith and Kim are blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, and one incredibly adorable grandson. Keith and Kim enjoy kayaking, traveling, gardening, college football and spending time with their family.

Abb Thomas
Founder - Master Clubs

In the early 70’s, Abb began a youth and children’s ministry at Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the leadership of Dr. Lee Roberson that developed into Master Clubs and Master Ministries. After twenty years at Highland Park, Abb moved the ministry to Milford to be under the direct leadership of this local church. He has now trained leaders in over 7,000 churches and continues to travel across America training teachers and writing books.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is the son of Abb and Janice Thomas, founders of Master Clubs. Bro. Paul has Down Syndrome, but he does not let that keep him from serving the Lord. Over the years he has traveled much with his mom and dad helping in the ministry wherever he could. Paul has preached in many churches and nationally known conferences and continues to be a blessing to many people in the ministry. During one of our general sessions you will have the opportunity for a few minutes to hear Paul preach and give his testimony.

Ty Thomas

Ty Thomas grew up in a Christian home in a family of 8 children. As a child, he was introduced to Master Clubs at his home church in Wiliamsport, Pennsylvania. Having the privilege to attend Master Clubs on a weekly basis, he enjoyed earning the badges as he studied God’s Word. On October 14, 1991, after talking to his pastor, Ty accepted Christ as his personal Savior.

He surrendered his life to the Lord at the Bill Rice Ranch in the summer of 1992, and was led to attend Crown College of the Bible where he majored in Youth Ministry. Upon completion of college, the Lord led Ty back to his home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church of Williamsport. He served as an assistant to the pastor for one year in various ministries. In June 2001, Ty married his college sweetheart, Stacie, and the Lord led them to the Cranberry Baptist Church in Beckley, West Virginia where he has served as the Assistant Pastor for 19 years. The Thomas’s have 3 children, Micah (15), Caden (13), and Sydney (10). Ty had the privilege of starting Master Clubs at Cranberry Baptist as soon as he arrived on staff, and the Lord has greatly blessed this ministry down through the years. Ty’s burden is to reach children with the gospel and to help them begin to grow in their Christian life. Children must be taught that they can have a personal relationship with the Lord and can serve God in their youth!

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