State Missionary Brian Harper came to the State Board of Missions in April 2020 and serves as the lead church planting strategist. Brian and his wife, Laura, are new to town and currently seeking a church. They have 2 children.
- BA Human Relations – Samford University – 1988
- MDIV Beeson Divinity – Samford University – 1994
- DMIN Gateway Seminary- 2018
- Missions Pastor – Celebration Baptist Church, Tallahassee, FL
- Directional Pastor – Christ Our Hope – Hispanic Church, Bessemer
- Missions Consultant – Partners in Missions, Birmingham
- Church Planting Catalyst – North American Mission Board, Queens, NY
- Urban Church Planting Catalyst – North American Mission Board, Seattle, WA
- Local PEACE Pastor – Saddleback Valley Community Church, Lake Forest, CA
- Director of Missionary Orientation – International Mission Board, Rockville, VA
- Missionary – International Mission Board
- Hispanic Church Planter – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham
State Missionary Rick Barnhart has been with the State Board of Missions since August 2012 and is the director of the office of Associational Missions and Church Planting.
Rick and his wife, Marcy, are members at Highland Gardens, Montgomery. They have three children and two grandchildren.
- Pastor, Lifeway Community Church, Loxley
- Pastor, First Baptist Church, Silverhill
- Associate Pastor, East Hill Baptist Church, Pensacola
- Minister of Education, Oak Griner Baptist, Ocala
- Associate Pastor, Beulah Baptist, Welaka.
- Associational Missionary, Baldwin Baptist Association
- Associate Director of Missions, Baldwin Baptist Association