New Board Member Elected at National Association

Deborah St. Lawrence

Antioch, TN—Delegates to the 82nd session of the National Association of Free Will Baptists elected members to the Board of Free Will Baptist International Missions following General Director Clint Morgan’s report on Wednesday, July 25.

Delegates reelected Mark Price (Ohio) and Robert Posner (Texas) to another six-year term. Danny Gasperson (North Carolina) replaced Nelson Henderson (Arkansas) who served his maximum number of terms.

“Though quite sad to see Nelson Henderson rotate off the Board, Pastor Danny Gasperson is truly mission-minded,” commented General Director Clint Morgan. “He will fit perfectly with our IM board members who share an unquestionable commitment to reaching the world with the Good News of salvation.”

Danny and his wife Jackie serve Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, where he has pastored for the last 18 years. The native North Carolinian has served as assistant moderator of the North Carolina Association of Free Will Baptists and mission board member of the Blue Ridge Association. Gasperson has led his church from an awareness of missions to immersion in a missions mindset. Consistently among the top-giving churches to IM’s World Missions Offering as well as overall support, the congregation hosts an annual prayer summit allowing them to meet and minister to missionaries as missionaries inform, inspire, and educate the congregation.

Gasperson has led numerous mission trips for The Hanna Project, IM’s College Missions Program, and his church. The 58-year-old also participates in IM’s Go Global seminars on a regular basis, coordinates and instructs Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in western North Carolina, serves local needs through a food pantry ministry, and promotes IM and The Hanna Project within his association and beyond. Married to Jackie for 36 years, Danny has a son Joshua and daughter Rebecca (Fischer) and two grandsons.

“We are pleased to welcome Danny to the IM Board,” stated Board Chairman Jeff Manning. “His passion for global missions has been evidenced over several years. I fully expect Danny to be an excellent board member.”

Gasperson joins Dr. Jeff Manning (chairman, North Carolina), Jeff Nichols (vice-chairman, Tennessee), Mark Price (secretary, Ohio), Dr. Janice Banks (Texas), Robert Posner (Texas), Dr. Cameron Lane (Arkansas), Will Harmon (Arkansas), and Rodney Yerby (Alabama).