Alabama State Coordinator
Phillip was born in Shelby County Alabama on April 30, 1965. In 1976 his family moved to Jemison, Alabama. Phillip graduated from Jemison High School in 1983. He married his wife, Lesa, in 1984. They have one son, Clay. Phillip went to work as a Stone Mason for a large company in Bessemer, Alabama. In 1994 he opened his own Tile Business and in 2000 opened a Marble & Granite Shop. Currently, He manages his own Residential & Commercial Properties.
In April 1988 Phillip was under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. (Thank You Jesus!) He followed up with believer’s baptism and joined Mineral Springs Baptist Church. He was ordained as a deacon in 1996. He has served as Brotherhood Director, Sunday School Director, and taught Sunday School and Discipleship Training Classes. Phillip has a love for sharing God’s word through local & foreign missions. This has lead him to serving locally with the county’s jail ministry and taken him as far as trips to Nicaragua & Guatemala. He has been involved with the Chilton Baptist Builders since 1996 and is currently serving on the board of directors. This group travels the U.S. and constructs new church buildings. He currently attends Enon Baptist Church in Montevallo, Al. where he serves as a deacon and works with the kid’s ministry and bus ministry.
While at Mineral Springs Baptist Church several couples began riding motorcycles and a short time later started a F.A.I.T.H. Rider chapter. Phillip served as the event coordinator and now is honored to serve as the State Coordinator for Alabama.
He must become greater, I must become less. John 3:30
Florida State Coordinator
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957. I grew up on the west side of town just above the barrios of Albuquerque’s south valley. My family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 8th grade. I joined the Air Force, serving for 5 years as a Radar Repair technician. I met my wife to be, Leta, while stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa. Married in 1982. No kids, one dog. Worked as a defense contractor for Ford Aerospace in Area 51! (may explain a lot). Moved back to Tampa in 1984 going to the same church I got saved in. I’ve been there ever since. Leta is the organist and her brother is a pastor there. I’ve been in my dream job for 20 years being a Field Service Engineer for a medical device manufacturer working specifically on Puritan Bennett ventilators. I love my job!!
I got saved, March 17th, 1979 (St. Patrick’s Day) in my dorm room at MacDill AFB. Let’s just say God finally showed me that I was NOT a good person and I needed a Savior. Growing up in church laid a good foundation to know that I had to repent and turn the reins of my life over to Jesus.
While I had a desire to share my faith with others I was never really good at it until I got a chance to share the “Wordless Book” with Child Evangelism Fellowship at the Florida State Fair one year. Very similar concept to what FAITH Riders does at Daytona and Sturgis. I thrived in that environment and found that people really did respond to the Gospel when given a chance. We did that for many years even organizing shifts and training volunteers how to use the “Wordless Book”. It’s still my “go to” in a pinch.
I’ve ridden motorcycles since my Air Force days and in 2006 my church started a FAITH Rider chapter. I met some people I admired for their ability to share their faith and joined. Got a chance to go to Sturgis with FAITH Riders in 2008 and got hooked again. I discovered a world of spiritual warriors I looked up to and went “all in” with FAITH Riders feeling God had called me to this ministry after years of preparation. I had already learned through church softball that God could take those things I was passionate about and make a ministry out of it. Now I had an avenue to combine my love for Him and my love of motorcycles to share my faith.
Georgia State Coordinator
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.
- 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
- 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
Oklahoma State Coordinator
Tennessee State Coordinator
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
I received Christ as the Lord of my life at the age of nine. My father was a Southern Baptist pastor/church planter. The influence of my parents and family to reach people for the Kingdom and assist the local church has molded my life. I surrendered to missions at the age of 12.
After serving four years is the US Navy, and completing my college and seminary education, I felt prepared to go to the mission field. In 1982, my wife and I were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) to serve as missionaries to Brazil.
Returning from Brazil in 1988, I pastored three churches in Texas and served as the director of missions for the Galveston Baptist Association.
In 2012, I came on staff with Texas Baptist Men, as director of Men’s Ministry. My responsibility and passion is assisting and training churches to lead men to faith in Christ and make them into true disciples. Additionally, I am responsible to assist churches in establishing ministry to reach the motorcycle community through FAITH Riders.
I have always had a heart for assisting the local church to become healthy in missions, evangelism, discipleship and ministry. If the local church is to become what the Father intended her to be, she must fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
Virginia State Coordinator