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.
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
President and founder of David Burton Ministries. Established September 1, 2015.
DavidBurtonMinistries seeks to enhance and encourage local churches, Baptist associations and SBC state conventions in the New Testament strategies of Evangelism and Church Health.
He served the past 26 years in the Evangelism Division of the Florida Baptist Convention and the last 13 years served as their Director of Evangelism and Lead Strategist. During the last 8 years of ministry The Florida Baptist Convention lead the nation in total state baptisms.
David graduated from Union University, in Jackson, Tennessee, and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with a MDiv.
Prior to serving with the Florida Baptist Convention, David pastored and served other staff positions across the nation.
David is married to Kathy and they have two married children, Josh and Katie.
He has preached or taught in every US state except Oregon. David has also traveled to over 12 nations with most recent ministry emphasis in Haiti. He has preached in thousands of churches and led hundreds of revivals over the years across the nation and around the world.
Writings would include articles and manuscripts for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Lifeway, North American Mission Board and several state convention papers. He is also designed and develop numerous personal evangelism/soulwinning tools now being used around the world.
David is available to travel in order to preach, teach, strategize and consult with local churches, associations, state conventions and individual pastors as requested.
Debbie McDonald was born in Macon, Georgia, Aug 22, 1959, and grew up in the small town of Reynolds, Georgia. She lived there until she married Johnny McDonald in 1977, and they moved to Cochran, Georgia. She has one daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. Johnny and Debbie moved to Tennessee in 2014 to be closer to their grandchildren.
Debbie began a long career at Robins Air Force Base in 1977 and retired in 2012 with 35+ years of civilian service. She has a master’s degree in Information Systems and has long been interested in computers, technology, and photography. She began working with the quilt ministry (Peace*Love*Quilt) at The Glade Church in 2015 and now enjoys quilting for the ministry and family.
Debbie and Johnny both rode motorcycles during their younger years and bought small bikes in 2008 to take on camping trips. That sparked a more serious interest in motorcycles, and they both soon moved up to larger bikes. They went to Rally to Ridgecrest for several years in search of Christian motorcycle activities and that’s where they first became aware of the F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministries. They were active in the Friendship Baptist Church, Warner Robins, GA, chapter until they moved to Tennessee, where they are now active in The Glade Church chapter in Mt Juliet, TN.
Debbie became the National Merchandise Director in May 2014 and began managing the merchandise store virtually from her home in Tennessee. Last spring, the inventory was also moved to Tennessee, and now she manages all store functions from Murfreesboro, TN
Michele and her husband Buddy Newsome founded F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministry in 2002 while attending First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida. Michele and Buddy were married 19 years until his passing in November 2015. Michele and Buddy have 3 grown children, 5 adopted children they sponsor in Moldova and one beautiful granddaughter.
Michele M. Newsome serves as the Director of The Porch Light, which is a safe home for minor girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. The Porch Light is a ministry of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. She is responsible for the oversight of the victims, staff and volunteers of the program’s safe home, as well as education and prevention efforts.
Michele graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Saint Leo University and served in law enforcement as a police officer and detective for 24 years. She worked as a patrol officer, school resource officer and as a detective investigating crimes against children that include emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Michele retired from law enforcement after her tenure in the Office of Professional Standards Internal Affairs Unit.
A graduate of Webster University, Michele has her master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is a registered intern working toward licensure. She has a history of working with victims of sexual abuse, offenders and those with sexual addictions.
Michele enjoys traveling and serving orphaned children in Moldova by partnering with Justice and Mercy International to sponsor orphaned and abandoned children into transitional living. Transitional living affords these children hope and the opportunity to succeed while keeping them from entering a life of crime and trafficking.
Michele is passionate about loving people, sharing Christ and making an eternal difference through motorcycling ministry. She wants “No One Left Behind” and for F.A.I.T.H. Riders to “Keep Braggin on Jesus.”
Senior Pastor of Peniel Baptist Church Palatka, Florida since January of 2003
Originally from Sylacauga, Alabama.
Married to Cara since June 13, 1980.
We have one son Andrew who is married to Dana and they have two daughters and live in Ft. Payne, Alabama
We have one daughter who is married to Ryan Emery and they have three daughters and they live in Bunnell, Florida.
I have served churches in Texas, Alabama and Florida since December 1978.
I met Buddy and Michelle Newsome in Jacksonville, FL in November 2004 at the Florida
Baptist State Convention.
Peniel Baptist Church and Academy was Commissioned on September 17, 2005
Peniel Baptist is the church where Rev. Billy Graham was baptized in 1938 and was ordained in 1939.
I was born in 1965 in Santa Barbara, CA. I married my wife, Sherry, in 1988 in LaFayette, AL. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I surrendered my life to Christ in 1990 and was called into the ministry the same year. I began pastoring in 1994 and am currently in my third pastorate at Cottonton Baptist Church in Cottonton, AL. I have been a part of FAITH Riders since 2011 and have been a part of starting chapters in my last two churches. I am enjoying serving as the FAITH Riders National Chaplain and look forward to helping disciple others to evangelize the lost through this ministry.
Dr J Marcus Merritt serves as the Director of Church-Minister Relations for the Georgia Baptist Convention.
From 2006-2009 Marcus served as the AL State Coordinator for F.A.I.T.H. Rider’s Motorcycle Ministry. He has also trained hundreds of volunteers at Sturgis and Daytona Beach to use the 3-Minute Testimony.
Previously, he served as a missionary with both the Alabama Baptist Convention (ALSBOM) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
Marcus has also served as senior pastor of churches in Georgia and Alabama; and holds a doctor of ministry degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Marcus and his wife, Michelle, have three children and six grandchildren.
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