STATE COORDINATORS

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National Coordinator

MIKE STEWART

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Mike Stewart was born in Warren Ohio March 31, 1950 but moved to Deming New Mexico when he was around 4 years old where he lived until graduating from high school in 1968.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served as a Hospital Corpsman for 30 years serving in Viet Nam with the Marines, aboard three different submarines, surface ships and retired as the Force Master Chief of the Medical Department in 1998.  He began riding motorcycles while in high school and the love and passion for motorcycling has never left him.  He has been involved in Christian motorcycle ministry since 1999.  He was the original Director of the Hibernia Baptist chapter in Fleming Island FL, was named as the State Coordinator for Florida, then became the Assistant National Director in 2013 and in April of 2016 was named as the National Director.  Mike is married to Diane, has three daughters who are all married to wonderful men and has 10 grandchildren.

Alabama State Coordinator

RODGER HALL

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My name is Rodger Hall.  I was born and raised in southeast Alabama.  I joined the Air Force after high school.  After separating from the service I continued my career at Charleston AFB SC working for the Dept of Defense.  After the Challenger Space Shuttle accident I accepted a position with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.  After retiring from NASA I relocated back to Alabama where I became involved with F.A.I.T.H Riders Motorcycle Ministry.  I served as the chapter director for the Memphis Chapter in Dothan AL for 7 years before becoming the Alabama State Coordinator.

Arkansas State Coordinator

JEFF HAIRSTON

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Florida State Coordinator

RICK WARD

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I was born in Lakeland, Florida February 4, 1960.  I am a true Floridian, living my first 32 years in Highland City, Florida.  I began riding motorcycles at 12 years of age and my zest for them has not diminished.  I graduated from Bartow High School in 1978 and married my wife Cindy in 1980.  I asked Jesus into my heart and life in 1989 and became an active member at First Baptist Church Highland City.  In 1992, Cindy, our two children (Justin and Jamie) and I moved to Graceville, Florida to attend the Florida Baptist Theological College.  I graduated in 1997 with a BA in Theology.  We moved to Starke, Florida and joined Madison Street Baptist Church.  We started our F.A.I.T.H.rider chapter in 2007 and I was honored to lead our group of faithful men and women until becoming the Florida State Coordinator earlier this year.  I am excited and look forward to what God has planned for this
awesome ministry and sharing Christ with a lost and dying world!

 

Georgia State Coordinator

RON LASOCHA

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I was born in Salem Ohio on December 2, 1964. Moved to Cleveland Ohio area in 1976. After High School graduation joined the U.S. Air Force. I spent almost 7 years on active duty as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist. I spent my time working on F4 Phantoms (F4-E, F4-G, and RF4C). I was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB North Carolina, Spangdahlem AB Germany, Eglin AFB Ft. Walton Beach FL. Honorably discharged from active duty, I was hired at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta GA as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. I’ve been with Delta for 25 years and still currently employed with them. I’m married to my Best Friend, my Gorgeous Bride, Alicia. We have 6 children – 3 girls & 3 boys (ages 27, 23, 23, 21, 19, & 14) and 3 grandchildren – 1 girl & 2 boys (ages 6, 4, & 9 months). I’m the original & current chapter director at Crossroads church in Newnan since Feb 2011. My dad was the person that influenced my passion of riding motorcycles.

 

Louisiana Baptist Convention

DR. KEITH MANUEL SR.

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Evangelism Associate  | Louisiana Baptist Convention
EMPLOYMENT:
Evangelism Associate, LBC 2007-present
  • Serves in all areas of Evangelism and leads efforts in Church Revitalization.
  • Leads witnessing teams to Angola State Prison, See the Light Christmas Bible Distribution in Natchitoches, LA and Daytona Bike Week.
  • Author: The Desperate Church: Asking God for a Fresh Start Through Prayer and Planning, 2016.
  • Writes on areas of Evangelism and Revitalization. Articles appear in our state Baptist Message and numerous national publications.
  • Edited One on One: Evangelism Made Simple and created the website WhatIValueMost as a tool to train people in personal evangelism.

Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist, New Orleans 1999-2007

  • Revitalized a plateaued church to become a vibrant community of believers who actively sought to lead people to become committed followers of Christ.
  • Hub for Disaster Relief activities following Hurricane Katrina. Served one million meals. Distributed tens of thousands of Bibles. Saw salvations of relief workers from around the world and hundreds through volunteers serving in New Orleans.

Pastor, First Baptist, Bogalusa, LA 1997-1999

Pastor, Beacon Baptist, Hattiesburg, MS 1990-1997

ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT/SERVICE:

  • Graduate Adjunct Faculty, NOBTS as needed since 2002
  • Adjunct Faculty, Louisiana College as needed since 2014
  • Served as Interim Pastor at numerous churches in Louisiana
  • Former Chaplain for the Bogalusa Police Department
  • Current Chaplain for the Louisiana State Police
EDUCATION:
B.A.  William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS 1988
M.Div.  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1990
Th.M.  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 2004
Ph.D.   New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 2004
FAMILY:
Married to Wendy Sue Manuel (formerly Woodard) of New Orleans 1990
- Wendy teaches first grade at Buckeye Elementary School
Three children:
- Keith, Jr. (1993) Louisiana College
- Jeremy (1996) Louisiana College
- Hannah (2000) Pineville High School

Oklahoma State Coordinator

MARK LYLE

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Tennessee State Coordinator

RANDY CLIFTON

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Born and raised in middle Tennessee, I am blessed to be married to a wonderful woman and my best friend, Margaret Ireland Clifton. Margaret and I have two awesome children, Katie and Baxter. The light of our lives is our granddaughter, Katie’s little girl Natalie. I’m a graduate of Auburn University and work in the construction field as a preconstruction manager. I grew up with a love for motorcycles. I like to tell people that I had a dad that took me riding on his bike on Saturdays and to church on Sunday. Those two passions were always a part of my life but it took FAITH Riders to bring them together. I’ve been an active FAITH Rider since September 2006 when our church, Hermitage Hills became the 13th FAITH Rider chapter. In 2010 I started working with the Tennessee Baptist Convention as State Coordinator.

 

 

Texas State Coordinator

RANDY NEWBERRY

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Virginia State Coordinator

THOMAS ARMBRISTER

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Tom joined the staff of London Bridge Baptist Church on January 29, 2001, as the pastor of administration. The Lord provided him the ability to serve in this capacity through his experience in the U.S. Navy; as a technical rep for Atlas Powder Company; as a regional VP for heavy equipment sales in the mining industry; and as general manager of Pump Engineering in Chesapeake, VA. After six years as administrator, Tom became the assoc. pastor of adult education, and five years later the sr. assoc. pastor.

 

Tom is married to an absolutely wonderful woman and true partner in ministry, Sherry. They have two sons: Michael married to Tracey with twin boys, Alex & Owen living in Marion, VA. John who lives in Spartanburg, SC; and a daughter Carrie, married to Matthew Carver, living in Asheville, NC.

 

Tom was always in church from birth, and accepted Christ as Savior at age 7, but didn’t surrender to Christ as LORD until God put him behind the curtain (literally) during a Christmas Pageant at LBBC in 1996.

 

Tom attended Va. Tech and served in the Corps of Cadets, majoring in biology (pre-veterinarian medicine), minoring in psychology, with supplemental courses in bio-medical engineering.

 

Tom’s life verse is Phil. 1:6, Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Hobbies are: motorcycles (obviously) and fly fishing

 

 

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