PASTOR FOR PREACHING AND VISION
Dr. Ron Allen was born to Christian parents in Smithfield, NC. He grew up in Garner, NC, graduating from Garner Senior High School in 1978. He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at the age of nine and was baptized by immersion shortly thereafter.
The Lord led Pastor Allen to enroll in Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC where he began to train for the ministry. He received his Bachelor's degree in Bible in 1982 and a Master of Arts in Theology in 1984. While in college, Ron met Janice Hoxey of Allen Park, MI. Janice graduated from Bob Jones University with a BSN in 1983. Ron and Janice were married on July 30, 1983. The Allens have four children, Jonathan (married to Lauren), Jessica, Jordan (married to Shannon), and Jennifer, and three grandchildren, Ellie, Kate and Charlotte.
In 1982, Pastor Allen began serving as a dormitory supervisor at BJU and in 1987 joined the staff at Bob Jones Academy teaching Bible as well as studying for his M.Div. degree which he obtained in 1989. During this time Janice taught in the nursing department at Bob Jones University. In 1993 the Lord led the Allens to transfer to Marquette Manor Baptist Academy in Downers Grove, IL, where Pastor Allen served as school administrator. He also continued his education by working on a doctoral degree. He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bob Jones University in 1997. That same year, the Lord led Dr. Allen to Bible Baptist Church. He served as co-pastor for two years under the leadership of Dr. James Phillips. Dr. Phillips retired in August of 1999, and Pastor Allen became the senior pastor.
Pastor Allen has a heart for the ministry of Bible Baptist Church. He says, "My goal for Bible Baptist Church is that we will glorify the Lord by exalting His name in our pulpit ministry, by singing His praise in our music ministry, by reaching the Charlotte community in our outreach ministry, and by emulating His Son in our daily lives. My prayer is that Bible Baptist Church will always be a lighthouse for proclaiming the Word to the world."
PASTOR FOR ADMINISTRATION
Dave Pennington is a native of central Florida and a graduate of Bob Jones University (BA, MA, PhD). Although comfortable in theology and New Testament studies, his specialty is Old Testament Interpretation.
Dave and his wife, Cindi, have seven children (four boys and three girls). Several of their children are married, and the Penningtons have recently become grandparents.
Dr. Pennington comes to Bible Baptist with over thirty years of ministry experience. He has been a school administrator, a church planter, an assistant pastor, an administrative pastor, and a senior pastor.
Dave currently serves as Pastor for Administration at Bible Baptist Church. He also services business clients as an Executive Business Coach, assisting them in strategically advancing their businesses and gaining a healthy work/life balance.
He is a gifted teacher of God’s Word who possesses strong analytical and organizational abilities with a warm, devotional heart that delights in seeing people come to Christ and grow in their faith.
Evan is originally from South Bend, Indiana. Though he has been in the South for awhile, there is a special place in his heart for the flat farmland of the Indiana countryside. He, like many Indiana boys grew up with sports in his blood. He loved the Indianapolis Colts and continues to follow the Purdue Boilermakers in basketball (Boil’er Up)! But something about Indiana is much more important to him.
Indiana was the context for most of his childhood memories, joys, and hardships, but it also significant because it is where he met the Lord. Evan began his relationship with God in his childhood years and then, especially near the end of high school, continued to learn more about what it means to continue in a relationship with God. It was soon after graduation from high school that God led him to the South to study for the ministry.
Evan has earned two degrees from Bob Jones University (and is almost finished with an MDiv). God has used many experiences and relationships in his training years to form him into the person he is today. He cherishes openness and honesty and loves to see and imitate integrity. His desire is to be a sympathetic friend and mentor, since he has received so much from meaningful relationships.
He is thankful for the grace of God that has been evident throughout his life and desires to help others see and experience the grace of God in theirs also. He believes that Jesus Christ has the answers to man’s deepest needs and that those answers are revealed to us in the Bible. So it may come as no surprise that Evan loves to study, teach, and preach the Bible.
Evan is privileged to have a (growing) family as well. In 2015 he married his wife, Jamie. And in July of 2017 they were blessed with their first child, Landon. Evan and Jamie are excited to work with the youth at Bible Baptist and desire to see God continue to work in and through them for His glory.
Evangelist Ron DeGarde was saved as an eight-year-old boy, and shortly thereafter God began to work in his heart about the matter of vocational Christian service. In a revival meeting at age fifteen, Ron surrendered to God’s divine call to be an evangelist. God has continued to confirm this call to evangelism primarily through His Word and also through years of ministering with other evangelists, evangelistic teams, various local churches, Christian Colleges, and Christian camps.
Ron graduated from Bob Jones University in 1996 and 1998 with both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Bible. He traveled with Minutemen Ministries conducting youth rallies nationwide for two years and has been traveling in evangelism independently since 2002. He also served on staff at the Wilds Christian Camp for nine summers and two years full time. After finishing seminary, Ron married Kristin Scherbenske who is a gifted pianist, arranger, and composer. Kristin received her Bachelors degree in Music Education as well as a Masters degree in music composition from Bob Jones University where she also served as a dorm counselor for two years. Kristin serves alongside Ron as wife, homemaker, musician and mother. Ron and Kristin have four children: Abigail, Alyssa, Andrew, and Austin.
The DeGardes make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina and Ron serves as the staff evangelist at Bible Baptist Church. They are excited to see God’s power not only in their marriage and family, but also in their ministry.
David grew up in the Basque region of Spain as the son of our missionaries, Roy and LouAnn Keiser. He holds both a BA and MA in Bible from BJU, and is finishing a second MA in Translation from the University of Puerto Rico. David met his wife Roxanna while serving in the Hispanic ministry of Morningside Baptist Church. Roxanna also holds a BA in Bible from a bible college in Mexico, and two Master's degrees, in Ed. Admin. and in Church Music from PCC. Roxanna grew up in Mexico and loves music and homemaking. David enjoys soccer and tennis. For the last few years, the Keisers have served as teachers at Puerto Rico Baptist College. David and Roxanna have two little boys, Samuel (4) and Daniel (1).