The Northeast chapter is a state affiliate of the national Conservative Baptist Network formed in February 2020 to bring positive, biblical solutions that strengthen the SBC in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission and influence culture.
Northeastern Baptist College
Dr. Mark Ballard is the founding president of Northeastern Baptist College and a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He earned a B.A. from Criswell College and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Lord used 30 years of preaching and more than 20 years of pastoring, church planting, and new ministry development to prepare Ballard to lead NEBC with a consistent commitment to biblical principles. President Ballard is also a conference speaker, seminar leader, professor, and author.
Michael Carrel has served as the pastor of North Pownal Congregational Church in Pownal, Vt., since September 2017. Prior to this role, he served as the associate pastor of the congregation. In addition to serving as a pastor, Carrel serves as an advanced emergency medical technician and is currently pursuing his paramedic license. Carrel is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and Northeastern Baptist College, and he is currently pursuing further graduate studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lake Sunapee Baptist Church
Samuel (Sam) Coberley became the pastor of Lake Sunapee Baptist Church in August 2010. Upon his arrival, the church had five members and fewer than 10 people in attendance. Today, Lake Sunapee Baptist is one of the leading churches in New Hampshire, with locations in Sunapee, Newport, and Claremont, N.H. Prior to becoming the pastor at Lake Sunapee, Coberley served as a youth pastor at Christian Fellowship Baptist in Londonderry, N.H., and at Lakecrest Bible Baptist Church in Augusta, Kan. He has led several mission trips to the Dominican Republic and has served on the New Hampshire Baptist Association Board and Administrative Committee and on the Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees. Sam is a graduate of Northeastern Biblical Studies Center.
director of admissions
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northeastern baptist college
Joseph (Joe) Ferguson currently serves as the director of admissions and as an assistant professor of applied theology at Northeastern Baptist College. Prior to serving in this role, Ferguson served as a youth pastor and as a pastoral member of a church planting team for three churches in the least-churched state in the United States. He also serves as an interim pastor in New York and provides pulpit supply on a regular basis for churches and Christian schools all across the Northeast. Ferguson is a graduate of Northeastern Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing an EdD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Newbury Bible Church
David Lee, who began preaching at age 16, has 40 years of preaching experience and has spent 25 years in pastoral and denominational service. After serving in the military, Lee entered South Atlantic Bible College and Seminary before returning to the Northeast with his wife, Donna. He has spent the past 23 years pastoring East Randolph Baptist Church and Newbury Bible Church in Vermont. Additionally, Lee has served in numerous roles with both the Baptist Convention of New England Board of Directors and the Green Mountain Baptist Association and has also led a Christian K-12 school. David has earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry, and he has been awarded an honorary Master of Education degree.
New Covenant Baptist Church
North Berwick, Maine
Tyler Ray has served as the associate pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church in North Berwick, Maine, since August 2018. Prior to being called to this role, he served as a youth pastor of Faith for Life Church and Mission City Church in Vermont. Tyler is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and Northeastern Baptist College. Currently Tyler is pursuing graduate studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
of New England
Gary Rowe served two terms as the President of the Baptist Convention of New England and has been a lay leader and bi-vocational interim pastor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire churches for several years. A retired entrepreneurial business leader, Rowe has spent a lifetime serving alongside church planters and pastors in New England. Since his retirement, Rowe has remained heavily involved in pulpit supply, serving as an interim pastor, and serving New England Baptists in numerous ways.
Pastors, leaders launch two new Conservative Baptist Network state chapters on east and west coasts
Bossier City, La. — The Conservative Baptist Network continues to gain momentum across the United States, announcing Monday, Dec. 21, the launch of two new state chapters representing both the east and west coasts. Baptists in the Northeast and in California have organized and formed state chapters in their respective regions, becoming the second and third groups to do so with more entering the queue each week. The national network formed in February 2020 to bring positive, biblical solutions that strengthen the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission and influence culture.