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 two grandchildren, Ellie and Kate.
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.
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.
Mervin and Norma Fox were both saved in September 1967 while living in Illinois. After serving for seven years in their home church, God called Pastor Fox to Bob Jones University to train for full-time ministry. So, in 1974, they sold their house, he quit his job and they moved to Greenville, SC with their three children. After finishing school and deputation, the Fox family flew to the Azore Islands (Portugal) on June 26, 1979 to begin their missionary ministry. Pastor & Mrs. Fox served the Lord in Portugal for 22½ years before returning to the States to pastor an American church in Chesapeake, VA. While in Chesapeake, a pastor friend asked Pastor Fox to help him establish a ministry to reach the Hispanic community for Christ. Through Good News Baptist Church in Chesapeake, the Lord enabled the Foxes to establish a thriving Hispanic ministry, and after two years were able to leave that ministry in the hands of another pastor to head to Charlotte, NC, where the Lord called them to begin another ministry to reach the Hispanic community. Pastor Fox knew there was a great need in Charlotte to reach the 10,000 plus Hispanics that live in or near the city. He is now pastoring Iglesia Bautista Bíblica, the Hispanic ministry of Bible Baptist Church, which began March 2, 2008.