Bob Burton’s retirement was brief. Three months after his departure from the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Burton has been called as Associational Mission Strategist for Salem South Baptist Association.
He succeeds Kevin Carrothers and will start work Sept. 1. Burton served with NAMB 21 years in various positions, often working with local Baptist associations in the Midwest. Burton first served with his wife, Dana, in Illinois for seven years. In retirement he served as transitional pastor for Lighthouse Fellowship in Nashville/Okawville. Under his leadership, the church baptized seven people on Easter Sunday.
Richard Nations is the new Associational Mission Strategist for Sandy Creek Baptist Association. Nations comes from Kirksville, Missouri where he was Director of Missions for Thousand Hills Baptist Association for 11 years. Nations previously served with the Iowa Baptist Convention. He pastored churches in Iowa, Missouri, and two Illinois churches, in Elk Grove Village and Carrollton.
Nations is a graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange University, Southwest Baptist University, and Southwestern Seminary. Nations and his wife, Rachel, have two adult children. He succeeds Bob Carruthers.
Nick Rogers is the new pastor at Charis Community Church in Bloomington. Rogers and his wife, AnaLisa, come to Illinois from Denison, Texas, where he has served as next gen pastor at Legacy Bible Church. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from LeTourneau University and a Master’s in pastoral leadership from Denver Seminary. The Rogers have four children, from newborn to nine years old.
Ryan Tackett was called as lead pastor at First Baptist Church Carterville in July, after serving as Minister to Youth and Families there since 2015. Tackett was licensed at Chatham Baptist Church and ordained by Calvary, Monticello, where he served as Minister to Youth from 2008-2015. He is an online student at Southern Seminary. Tackett and his wife, Claudia, have four children.