Mike Hess became the GARBC national representative in 2018 after serving in pastoral ministries in Illinois and Iowa. He is a graduate of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary and is a certified Biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. During his pastoral years Mike served on the GARBC Council of 18 and was heavily involved in the association through speaking, writing, and counseling. Mike has ministered in Australia, Argentina, Haiti, Mexico, Italy, and Israel. He and his wife, Christina, are parents of Joseph and Hannah. Mike leads the GARBC with an emphasis on “making disciples through healthy local churches.”
Knute Larson coaches pastors, especially on leadership, the church board model (the “soccer field” model), and preaching. Since pastoring two churches for 43 years, he has coached over 100 pastors in the last 11 years. He is pastor emeritus at The Chapel in Akron, Ohio, where he served 26 years. He and his wife, Jeanine, are the parents of two married daughters and have three grandchildren. He is the author of three books and two commentaries and is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
George Gunn has served on the faculty and administration of Shasta Bible College since 1986. He is a graduate of Shasta Bible College, Northwest Baptist Seminary, Tyndale Theological Seminary, and Corban University School of Ministry. Prior to and during his ministry at Shasta, George served as a youth pastor, pastor, and church planter. He is currently the vice president of student services and chairs the Department of Bible and Theology. He has written extensively in theological areas, especially dispensationalism. George and his wife, Janice, have four children and two grandchildren.
David Strope has been pastor of Ankeny Baptist Church, Ankeny, Iowa, since 1999. Prior to this ministry, he served churches in New York State. He is a graduate of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he is active in state and national ministry leadership roles. He serves on the GARBC Council of 18, which he chairs; the Baptist Mid-Missions General Council; and the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches Council of 10. David and his wife, Debbie, have three children and seven grandchildren.
David King is lead pastor of CrossPoint Fellowship, a Baptist church in Jasper, Indiana, where he has ministered since 2005. He also serves on the GARBC Council of 18 and Crossroads Fellowship of Indiana. Previously he ministered at churches in Iowa and Florida. He is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College and Baptist Bible Seminary. He is actively engaged in his community by serving as president of the religious education program for the public school system, president of Jasper youth soccer, coach of the middle school soccer team, and overseer of a Biblical counseling program. David and his wife, Leesa, have seven children.