Many of you know Bob as he has been part of our JBA family for years as a consultant, leadership coach, and visionary thinker. He was key in helping develop the concept of our current “E-Teams” and has been a participant in JBA initiatives as a pastoral staff member from a member church. He comes highly recommended by many, especially his own pastor Spike Hogan of Chets Creek Church. It should be noted that Spike “reluctantly recommended” Bob in that he currently serves so faithfully and well as Executive Pastor at Chets Creek. In my conversations with Spike prior to contacting Bob, it was clear that Bob is loved by his church and his pastor, and though Spike doesn’t relish him leaving his staff, he made it clear that we would be missing a great opportunity if we did not consider him. The city and our network would benefit greatly by having Bob in this role, according to Spike. Others have echoed this as well and your search team believes this to be the case.
For those who may not know Bob, here’s a brief bio:
Bob is married to Tina (over 35 years) and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Lauren (married to Gilbert) and Caleb (married to Kelly.) They have two grandchildren (Eli and Adalyn.)
He graduated in 1985 from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Personnel Administration. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1988 with a Master of Divinity.
He came to know the Lord as a young boy attending a church that would now be categorized as a “church plant.” At the time, he didn’t know it was a plant. He just knew that they had to set up and tear down every weekend. He is an Air Force kid, so during childhood he moved from place to place depending on where the Air Force transferred his father.
Over the years, Bob has served in local church and denominational roles. A quick rundown of his experience:
- Pastor, Amanda Baptist Chapel in Middletown, Ohio (1988-1991)
- Adjunct Professor, Boyce Bible College, Dayton, Ohio Extension (1990-1991)
- Executive Pastor, Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida (1991-1997)
- Adjunct Professor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Jacksonville Extension (1994-1997)
- Florida Baptist Convention Staff Member (1997-2014)
- Lead Strategist, Church Health Group – Florida Baptist Convention (2007-2014)
- Pastor and Staff Peer Learning Group Initiative – Started Office of Leadership Development for the Florida Baptist Convention (2004-2014)
- North American Mission Board Leadership Consultant (2009-2013)
- Professional Staff Coaching and Development (2004-present)
- Organizational Church Coaching and Consulting (2004-present)
- Executive Pastor, Chets Creek Church (2015-present)
Bob has also served on an interim basis as pastor in regional churches as well as a consultant and staff coach.
His work in pastoral coaching and leadership is clear. He carries the following certifications:
- Building Powerful Ministry Teams: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- DISCernment Inventory: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- Natural Church Development: Certified Consultant – Church Smart Resources
- Mastering the Art of Communication: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- Transforming Conflict – From Strife to Synergy: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- High Performance Meeting: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- Powerful Decision Making: Certified Trainer – Team Resources
- Situational Leadership II: Qualified Trainer – Ken Blanchard Companies
- CoachNet: Certified Coach Trainer – CoachNet
- Lead Like Jesus: Master Trainer – Center for Faith Walk Leadership
- WildWorks Results Based Conversation: Certified Trainer – WildWorks Group
- Patterson Process: Certified Trainer – Strategic Operation Process
The experience, education, and references clearly show that Bob is qualified for the LMS position. Yet, more than a listing of high-quality bullet points, Bob Bumgarner is a humble, sincere, and faithful man of God. That is echoed by the many who know him, have served with him, and have been helped by him. We are thankful God has led him to us and us to him.
We asked “Of all the places where you have and could serve the Lord, why the Jacksonville Baptist Association? Why here? Why now?”
He answered, “Because local matters.” He expounded on that, clearly articulating that in Southern Baptist life it is clear that now, more than ever, the kingdom work that is lasting, relational, impactful, and engaging while assisted by our larger denominational entities will be primarily focused on the local networks and associations more than ever.
We are excited to see, pending the vote on February 20, how God is going to use Bob Bumgarner and our incredible JBA team to equip our churches, engage our city, and expand our reach for God’s glory and our good.
*See below a message from our JBA Moderator, Elijah Simmons.