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Prayer Requests



Pray for your State Missionaries – July 2018

Download the prayer requests here.

Joe Graham
August 1
Joe has served for 35 years as a state missionary in Collegiate Ministry. As leader in that department, he oversees Baptist campus ministries on 48 college campuses in Georgia. Through Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM’s), students learn just what it means to be Christ-followers — learning to be growing disciples, learning to share their faith with other collegians, and discovering who (and what) it is that God has called them to be (and do) with their lives. Joe asks that Georgia Baptists pray for all the collegians who are about to head back to school and for their families as they adjust to these same times of transition. Please pray for the campus ministers, interns and volunteers who are your state missionaries on the colleges and universities in Georgia — truly a mission field in our midst.

Judy Hinesley
August 2
Judy has served the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for 28 years in many areas, now as manager of Support Services. As such, she is responsible for maintenance and oversight of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. This includes the scheduling of conference and meeting facilities, switchboard, reception, mail services, facility security, building tours, food services and vehicle maintenance. On her special day, Judy asks for prayer that the Support Services staff would be a strong witness to all the vendors and contractors it encounters daily in the overall maintenance of the Missions and Ministry building. Her personal prayer is that we never forget who the building belongs to!

Ken Jones
August 4
Ken has served as campus minister since 1982, and ministers to students at the North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega and on its Gainesville campus. He requests prayer for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on these campuses as it seeks to “disciple students in a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.” Ken believes that the natural outflow of discipling collegians is that they will “gain God’s heart for the nations.” “Missions is big with us… a responsibility… a privilege… and ‘a rite of passage’ through which students can ‘get over themselves’ and be involved in God’s global purpose.” Pray for the NGCSU BCM leadership team, as each one will be leading a small group discipleship group in the fall. Pray for Ken as he begins a new year of ministry to and with college students.

Ricky Smith
August 5
Ricky joined the state missions staff in 2015 and now leads the Student Groups and Faith Development area to reach our young people for Christ. This ministry conducts several large conferences each year, including SuperWow summer camps at Fort Walton Beach and the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, and the MOVE conference during the Christmas break. Also offered for youth are the Impact discipleship event and the MERGE missions camp each year. A Student Ministry Network is also in place that equips youth leaders across Georgia so that they can impact the next generation for Christ. Please pray for Ricky and the Student Groups staff as they work to win and disciple youth for our Lord.

Keith Wade
August 7
Keith serves as campus minister to students attending North Georgia College and State University at its main Dahlonega campus as well as the Gainesville campus. Please pray for Keith as he shares Christ and disciples students through Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

Tony Branham
August 8
Tony has been on staff for 31 years as campus minister and now serves students on the campuses of Armstrong Atlantic State University and the College of Coastal Georgia. He shares the following prayer requests with Georgia Baptists:
• For continued opportunities to partner with the churches in both the Savannah Baptist Association and the Southeast Baptist Association
• For the development of great relationships with both Christian and non-Christian college students, faculty and staff
• For BCM students to be totally committed to Christ and His mission for their lives
• For the ministry of the BCM to be completely dependent on the leadership of the Holy Spirit and to respond out of unfailing obedience to everything God wants us to do!
• For lives to be changed
Tony also wishes to praise God for:
• The students who accepted Christ this year
• Impact around the world through student summer missionaries
• Health and energy
• A new year of ministry!

David Kirkland
August 10
David has served as a Georgia Baptist campus minister since 1996. He currently ministers to students at Georgia College and State University and the Georgia Military College. David shares the following requests: “August is an extremely busy month in Collegiate Ministries. Pray that I will be able to effectively balance my time between family and BCM ministry. Pray that the BCM leadership teams will create a welcoming atmosphere at our large group gatherings where new students will feel loved and be encouraged in the truth. Pray that the BCM staff will model before the students a vibrant relationship with Christ and an urgency to share Him with those in need.”

Buck Burch
August 14
As state missionary in the Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship ministry area, Buck serves to assist churches in missions education and in promoting missional giving based on an Acts 1:8 Strategy that will reach our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. Praying for the Lord’s touch for Kingdom Generosity, CP Giving and Stewardship can assist local pastors in leading their congregations to adopt a missions mindset through intentional and faithful offerings to ministry and missions and becoming faithful stewards of everything God has provided (1 Cor. 4:2).

Tom Crites
August 15
Tom has been on staff for 15 years, serving as state missionary in the Church Research Services area. This office helps local churches by offering demographic information, as well as furnishing specialized mapping, surveys, and community studies. Tom also oversees the compilation and interpretation of the Annual Church Report (ACR’s). Please pray for safe travel for Tom as he consults with churches throughout the state.

Bryan Alexander
August 17
After many years in the pastorate, Bryan began service with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in 2015. He serves as state missionary in Church Minister Relations. This ministry area partners with ministers,
local churches, and associations in the training of deacons and search committees, assisting in conflict mediation, providing pastoral care, offering resume´ and interim services, conducting Ministers’ Wellness retreats, and offering opportunities for ministers’ wives. Please pray for Bryan as he fulfills this vital ministry to our churches.

Teresa Royall
August 19
Teresa has been a campus minister in Georgia since 1994, and ministers to students at Georgia State University. She asks that Georgia Baptists pray for the outreach efforts of the BCM student leaders as fall semester begins in August. Pray that the student leaders will have a passion for reaching their fellow students for Christ and that college students, American and international, will come to faith in Christ. Pray also for the ministry to develop passionate, genuine, and loving followers of Christ. Teresa expresses gratitude to everyone for their prayers.

Stephen Lillard
August 28
Stephen joined the Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff in 2009 and serves as risk manager. His primary mission is to promote a safe working environment while continuing to pursue the organization’s core mission. Stephen works with insurers and the Risk Management Task Force to develop systems and policy that will help employees avoid injuries and health problems. His immediate focus and biggest prayer concern is identifying and evaluating workplace risk. Stephen also spent this past year working with mission board camps and conference centers on methods and procedures to keep campers and visitors safe. Please pray for Stephen as he works to make the organization a safe and healthy place of ministry.

Kevin Wilson
August 28
Kevin has served in the Information Technology area since 1998, and now leads this ministry. He is currently involved in initiatives that will help Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff achieve relevant contact with churches through the efficient use of a new database system called iGO (GBC Online database system). Kevin asks Georgia Baptists to join him in praying that the Information Technology staff will be able to effectively help churches, associations, and mission board staff in their use of technology. Also pray that Georgia Baptists will find the best methods to reach every generation for Christ.

Charles Drummond
August 29
Charles serves as regional state missionary in the North Georgia region. He joined the state missions staff in 2005 after many years in the pastorate. He and two other regional missionaries provide local communication and information from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, as well as specialized service to churches and associations in all areas of the state. Charles requests prayer for pastors and associational missionaries in the North Georgia Region.

Prayer Requests



Pray for your State Missionaries – July 2018

Download the prayer requests here.

Joe Graham
August 1
Joe has served for 35 years as a state missionary in Collegiate Ministry. As leader in that department, he oversees Baptist campus ministries on 48 college campuses in Georgia. Through Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM’s), students learn just what it means to be Christ-followers — learning to be growing disciples, learning to share their faith with other collegians, and discovering who (and what) it is that God has called them to be (and do) with their lives. Joe asks that Georgia Baptists pray for all the collegians who are about to head back to school and for their families as they adjust to these same times of transition. Please pray for the campus ministers, interns and volunteers who are your state missionaries on the colleges and universities in Georgia — truly a mission field in our midst.

Judy Hinesley
August 2
Judy has served the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for 28 years in many areas, now as manager of Support Services. As such, she is responsible for maintenance and oversight of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. This includes the scheduling of conference and meeting facilities, switchboard, reception, mail services, facility security, building tours, food services and vehicle maintenance. On her special day, Judy asks for prayer that the Support Services staff would be a strong witness to all the vendors and contractors it encounters daily in the overall maintenance of the Missions and Ministry building. Her personal prayer is that we never forget who the building belongs to!

Ken Jones
August 4
Ken has served as campus minister since 1982, and ministers to students at the North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega and on its Gainesville campus. He requests prayer for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on these campuses as it seeks to “disciple students in a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.” Ken believes that the natural outflow of discipling collegians is that they will “gain God’s heart for the nations.” “Missions is big with us… a responsibility… a privilege… and ‘a rite of passage’ through which students can ‘get over themselves’ and be involved in God’s global purpose.” Pray for the NGCSU BCM leadership team, as each one will be leading a small group discipleship group in the fall. Pray for Ken as he begins a new year of ministry to and with college students.

Ricky Smith
August 5
Ricky joined the state missions staff in 2015 and now leads the Student Groups and Faith Development area to reach our young people for Christ. This ministry conducts several large conferences each year, including SuperWow summer camps at Fort Walton Beach and the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, and the MOVE conference during the Christmas break. Also offered for youth are the Impact discipleship event and the MERGE missions camp each year. A Student Ministry Network is also in place that equips youth leaders across Georgia so that they can impact the next generation for Christ. Please pray for Ricky and the Student Groups staff as they work to win and disciple youth for our Lord.

Keith Wade
August 7
Keith serves as campus minister to students attending North Georgia College and State University at its main Dahlonega campus as well as the Gainesville campus. Please pray for Keith as he shares Christ and disciples students through Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

Tony Branham
August 8
Tony has been on staff for 31 years as campus minister and now serves students on the campuses of Armstrong Atlantic State University and the College of Coastal Georgia. He shares the following prayer requests with Georgia Baptists:
• For continued opportunities to partner with the churches in both the Savannah Baptist Association and the Southeast Baptist Association
• For the development of great relationships with both Christian and non-Christian college students, faculty and staff
• For BCM students to be totally committed to Christ and His mission for their lives
• For the ministry of the BCM to be completely dependent on the leadership of the Holy Spirit and to respond out of unfailing obedience to everything God wants us to do!
• For lives to be changed
Tony also wishes to praise God for:
• The students who accepted Christ this year
• Impact around the world through student summer missionaries
• Health and energy
• A new year of ministry!

David Kirkland
August 10
David has served as a Georgia Baptist campus minister since 1996. He currently ministers to students at Georgia College and State University and the Georgia Military College. David shares the following requests: “August is an extremely busy month in Collegiate Ministries. Pray that I will be able to effectively balance my time between family and BCM ministry. Pray that the BCM leadership teams will create a welcoming atmosphere at our large group gatherings where new students will feel loved and be encouraged in the truth. Pray that the BCM staff will model before the students a vibrant relationship with Christ and an urgency to share Him with those in need.”

Buck Burch
August 14
As state missionary in the Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship ministry area, Buck serves to assist churches in missions education and in promoting missional giving based on an Acts 1:8 Strategy that will reach our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. Praying for the Lord’s touch for Kingdom Generosity, CP Giving and Stewardship can assist local pastors in leading their congregations to adopt a missions mindset through intentional and faithful offerings to ministry and missions and becoming faithful stewards of everything God has provided (1 Cor. 4:2).

Tom Crites
August 15
Tom has been on staff for 15 years, serving as state missionary in the Church Research Services area. This office helps local churches by offering demographic information, as well as furnishing specialized mapping, surveys, and community studies. Tom also oversees the compilation and interpretation of the Annual Church Report (ACR’s). Please pray for safe travel for Tom as he consults with churches throughout the state.

Bryan Alexander
August 17
After many years in the pastorate, Bryan began service with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in 2015. He serves as state missionary in Church Minister Relations. This ministry area partners with ministers,
local churches, and associations in the training of deacons and search committees, assisting in conflict mediation, providing pastoral care, offering resume´ and interim services, conducting Ministers’ Wellness retreats, and offering opportunities for ministers’ wives. Please pray for Bryan as he fulfills this vital ministry to our churches.

Teresa Royall
August 19
Teresa has been a campus minister in Georgia since 1994, and ministers to students at Georgia State University. She asks that Georgia Baptists pray for the outreach efforts of the BCM student leaders as fall semester begins in August. Pray that the student leaders will have a passion for reaching their fellow students for Christ and that college students, American and international, will come to faith in Christ. Pray also for the ministry to develop passionate, genuine, and loving followers of Christ. Teresa expresses gratitude to everyone for their prayers.

Stephen Lillard
August 28
Stephen joined the Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff in 2009 and serves as risk manager. His primary mission is to promote a safe working environment while continuing to pursue the organization’s core mission. Stephen works with insurers and the Risk Management Task Force to develop systems and policy that will help employees avoid injuries and health problems. His immediate focus and biggest prayer concern is identifying and evaluating workplace risk. Stephen also spent this past year working with mission board camps and conference centers on methods and procedures to keep campers and visitors safe. Please pray for Stephen as he works to make the organization a safe and healthy place of ministry.

Kevin Wilson
August 28
Kevin has served in the Information Technology area since 1998, and now leads this ministry. He is currently involved in initiatives that will help Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff achieve relevant contact with churches through the efficient use of a new database system called iGO (GBC Online database system). Kevin asks Georgia Baptists to join him in praying that the Information Technology staff will be able to effectively help churches, associations, and mission board staff in their use of technology. Also pray that Georgia Baptists will find the best methods to reach every generation for Christ.

Charles Drummond
August 29
Charles serves as regional state missionary in the North Georgia region. He joined the state missions staff in 2005 after many years in the pastorate. He and two other regional missionaries provide local communication and information from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, as well as specialized service to churches and associations in all areas of the state. Charles requests prayer for pastors and associational missionaries in the North Georgia Region.