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, counseling, and facilitating our national conference.
Mike is a trustee at Clarks Summit University and a board member of Overseas Instruction in Counseling, an international Biblical counseling ministry. He 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.”
Mark Vroegop is the lead pastor of College Park Church, a growing multisite church in the Indianapolis area, where he also serves as the primary teaching pastor at the North Indianapolis congregation. where he has served since 2008. Previously Mark ministered at a church in western Michigan for 13 years. He is a graduate of Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Mark is a conference speaker, trustee at Cedarville University, council member of The Gospel Coalition, contributor to 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me, and author of the upcoming book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament. He and his wife Sarah are the parents of four living children and a daughter in Heaven.
Ross Shannon is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lapeer, Michigan. He joined the church staff in 2011 and became senior pastor in 2014. Prior to this ministry, he completed pastoral internships at Grace Baptist Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., and he served as the assistant pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ross has degrees from Northland Baptist Bible College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is pursuing a degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife Suemi are parents of Lilly, Owen, Nora, and Jack. Ross is involved in the Lapeer community by serving on the board of the Flint Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Mike Augsburger is a third-generation Baptist pastor who has served as the lead pastor of Soteria Des Moines (Iowa) since 2008. Prior to this ministry, Mike was an assistant pastor at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Mike has degrees from Faith Baptist Bible College, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Mike has served on the GARBC Council of 18 and is currently a trustee at Clarks Summit University. He wrote the chapter titled “Leading Effectively through Change” in the RBP book The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant. He has led Soteria Des Moines to have an extensive outreach and impact in the Des Moines area. Mike and his wife Liz are parents of Elijah, Judah, and Zoey.
Jon Jenks served for more than 20 years as the assistant pastor and then senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. In 2017 Jon became the state representative for the Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Church and the vice president for training at Baptist Church Planters. In his state representative role he counsels and assists pastors and churches. In his BCP role he helps church plants train spiritual leaders through a year-long training program.
Jon is a graduate of Cedarville University and Baptist Bible Seminary and serves on the GARBC Council of 18. He wrote the chapter titled “Working with Volunteers” in the RBP book The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant. Jon and his wife Jen are parents of Rob, Josh, and Abigail.