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OCTOBER 26-27, 2023


Northside Baptist Church, Indianapolis
3021 E 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220


All SCBI Churches 


At the annual meetings of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, reports will be shared by the Executive Board and staff of SCBI, as well as by the Southern Baptist entities with whom we partner. Come exalt Christ with fellow Indiana Baptists and give glory to Him for all He is doing in our state and beyond.

English-to-Spanish translation units will be available during the main sessions.


To be completed by churches for elected messengers to the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana annual meeting. Online registration will be available through Wednesday, October 19. Messengers registered online do not need messenger cards. Churches that do not register messengers online, please print and complete this card (click here) for messengers to bring and register on-site.

Per SCBI Bylaws, each church is entitled to send messengers according to this formula:
1-150 members–4 messengers
151-300 members–8 messengers
301-500 members–12 messengers
501+ members–16 messengers



Executive Director Report

Dr. Ryan Strother

Executive Director

Presidents Message

Greg Byman

SCBI President
Senior Pastor St Joe Community Church

Annual Sermon

Dr. Ricky Persons

Lead Pastor Bethel Baptist Church of
North Vernon


Dr. Jamie Dew

President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary & Leavell College



Hulon Benjamin


Alex Darnall & Janae Byman

Summit Kids for grades K–5

This year’s annual summit will feature Summit Kids for grades K–5. SCBI will be partnering with the cartoon animated ministry New Creature Creations, led by Mark Ayers, who has 30 years of children’s and pastoral experience. Throughout Summit Kids, children will experience a mini-VBS style setting. Students will rotate from station to station, encountering creative, Christ-centered animated Bible lessons involving music, crafts, and games. Unfortunately, this is only offered for children grades K–5. Pastors, you will need to attend the regular Summit.

Summit Preschool and Babies

This year’s annual summit will feature Summit Preschool and Babies. SCBI will be partnering with Northside Baptist Church to provide childcare for babies through 5 years old during the Annual Summit.

Thursday Night Fellowship Gatherings, after NOBTS Dinner

Fellowship with Dr. Dew – Host, Steve Davidson

Disaster Relief/Public Safety Chaplains Fellowship – Host, Dan DeFriece

African-American Fellowship – Host, Reginald Fletcher

Hispanic Churches Fellowship – Host, Jorge Altieri

Next Gen Ministry Leaders Fellowship – Scooter Kellum

Send Network Indiana Church Planters Network Fellowship – Nathan Millican

Wives in Ministry Fellowship – Host, Tami Hubler

*Parents please pick up children before attending the fellowship desserts.

Friday Breakfast, Sponsored by NAMB. NAMB Evangelism Kit Training | Crossover Indy 2024

Join us for a brief training on the new NAMB Evangelism Kit. This resource equips pastors and leaders through a four-phased process to cultivate a culture of evangelism within their church. Then, hear about a practical way to get your people mobilized to share their faith: Crossover Indy 2024. Crossover is an evangelistic outreach before the SBC Annual Meeting where Southern Baptists from across the nation unite to make a gospel impact in the host city of the meeting. With Indianapolis hosting the 2024 meeting, Indiana Baptists have an incredible opportunity to impact that city with the hope of the gospel!

This event is for pastors, leaders, church staff, mission leaders, and their spouses. We hope to see you there!

The event will take place during the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana Annual Summit


Thursday, October 26

Session One: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch – Sponsored by Indiana Disaster Relief: 12:00 pm

Session Two: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dinner – Sponsored by NOBTS: 6:00 pm

Fellowship Gatherings: 7:30 pm

Friday, October 27

NAMB Evangelism Kit Training | Crossover Indy 2024: 8:00 am

Session Three: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch – Sponsored by Cedarville: 12:00 pm 

Dr. Ryan Strother

Dr. Ryan Strother began serving as the Executive Director of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana in October 2021. The SCBI is connecting for Kingdom advancement as they partner with churches to discover and fulfill their next steps. Born in Florida and raised in Maryland in a ministry family, he pastored in Maryland for several years before pastoring a church in Ohio for 12 years. He holds a BS in secondary education from Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD), an M.Div from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Cordova, TN), and a D.Min from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).


He and his wife, Nikki, have five children, with adoption being part of the family’s story.


Greg Byman

Greg is the senior pastor of St Joe Community Church of Fort Wayne, where he was also a church planter when they launched in 2003. He is also a chaplain for the Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. He earned a Master of Divinity from SWBTS and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry from SEBTS. Greg married Bonita, his Ball State sweetheart, in 1993 and they have 2 married sons and 2 daughters. He enjoys family time, local coffee shops, Buckeyes football and occasional escapes to the beach. 

Dr. Ricky Persons

Ricky Persons is the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of North Vernon. He has served there for 12 years. He is the former pastor of Kingwood Southern Baptist Church of Kingwood, WV, where he served for 10 years. He has B.A. in Communication from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages with a concentration in Historical and Theological Studies from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA, and a a Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic Theology at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

He and wife Amy will have been married 27 years in December this year. They have four children, Grace, Clay, Zoe, and Josiah.

He writes a regular (bi-monthly) column, “The View from the Pulpit,” for the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun. He also shares a devotion, “Your Morning Devotion,” each weekday at 6:35 a.m. with the radio audience of WJCP 1460 AM/97.7 FM.

Bro. Ricky (as he prefers to be called) loves to preach and teach God’s word from the pulpit and in every realm of ministry and makes the study of the Word a high priority. He states that he preaches to himself and invites whoever will, to listen. He often offers to meet with folks at their table with a cup of coffee or a coke and an open Bible. He is confident that the Spirit of God will use the truth of God’s Word to convince hearers to follow Jesus. The pastor’s life motto is “Helping People Follow Jesus.”


Jamie Dew is the president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College. 

Previously, he was the vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He holds an MDiv and PhD in theological studies from SEBTS, as well as a PhD in philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion from the University of Birmingham (UK).

He is married to Tara, and they have two sets of twins.

All SCBI Training and Ministry Events scheduled through May 15 have been canceled.