President, North American Mission Board
With a heart for pastors and a passion for the gospel, Kevin Ezell serves as the President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). NAMB mobilizes Southern Baptist churches for their next step in missions in North America. During his tenure, Kevin has led NAMB and Southern Baptists to plant more than 9,400 churches. At this rate, by 2030, one-third of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will have been planted in the last 20 years. NAMB’s 3 Circles tool is now in the hands of more than two million people, making it the most used evangelism resource in NAMB’s history. Through Send Relief – the compassion ministry arm of the SBC – NAMB operates 20 ministry centers across the U.S. and Canada connecting people in need with people who care, all with the goal of leading people to a life in Christ. Prior to joining NAMB, Kevin served as the senior pastor of churches in Texas, Illinois and his native Kentucky. He is married to his wife Lynette, whom he met on the campus of their alma mater, Union University. They have six children and seven grandchildren. He is a so-so golfer and a big fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball.
President, National African American Fellowship
Pastor Gregory Perkins gave his life to Christ in 1979 at the Grace Missionary Baptist Church led by Dr. H. L. Ferrell. Pastor announced his call to ministry at the age of 17, delivering his trial sermon and licensed in 1984.
He was ordained in 1989 by the Central District Association of the Western Baptist State Convention. Upon ordination, he was installed as the Assistant Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Santa Barbara, CA where he served for over three years. A human resource professional for 20+ years, he has held executive leadership positions in several of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States.
He is a proud graduate of Gateway Theological Seminary where he received both the William O. Crews’ leadership award and the Lifeway Pastoral Leadership Award. He currently serves as the President of the National African American Fellowship of the SBC, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Baptist Foundation of California, Executive Board of the Inland Empire Baptist Association and provides leadership to the NAMB African American church planting initiative. He is currently Lead Pastor of The View Church where he has served since 2011.