STATE COORDINATORS

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Alabama State Coordinator

PHILLIP COOK

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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

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Arizona State Coordinator

ERNEST LAMERTHA

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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!

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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.

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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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I was born and raised in small town Oklahoma. After many years of running from the Lord, I met my wife-to-be, who set the example of what it means to be a Christ-follower. Becky was instrumental in my salvation experience to receive Christ during a spring revival and we have been happily married since 1978. We enjoy two adult children, Jason & (Jackie) and Katie & (Aaron) and 3 grandsons, Ethan, Josiah, & Brody. I love spending time with my grandsons. In fact "Scooter" (Ethan) & "Twister" (Josiah) had their first Harley rides at six months of age and still love to ride with Papaw. Brody is soon to have his first ride as well.
I have the privilege and honor to serve as Oklahoma State Coordinator for F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministry and love to participate in ministry tents at motorcycle rallies across the United States where thousands have prayed to receive Christ. We are not only members and actively involved with Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma, but I serve on staff there as the Director of Facilities.
Paul says in Colossians 1:28, “So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ” and we enjoy telling everyone we come in contact with about the Good News of Jesus Christ!
My philosophy and outlook on life is very simple; "There are Ministry opportunities in everything we do and everywhere we go. We've got a big job to do, we've got to tell everyone about Christ."

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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.

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Texas State Coordinator

RANDY NEWBERRY

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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.

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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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