Birthdate: November 1, 1964
Wife: Susan (married in 1987)
Place of Residence: New Braunfels, Texas
Current Ministry: Executive Director, Bluebonnet Baptist Association (since 01/2010)
Associate Director of Missions, Bluebonnet Baptist Association. Responsible for the church planting ministry of the association as well as other duties. (06/2008 – 12/2009)
Director of Missions, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Responsible for overall leadership of the Missions Team which included Church Planting, Disaster Relief, and Missions Mobilization/Education. (Employed by SBTC 01/2001 – 05/2008)
Church Planter/Pastor, Interstate Baptist Association, Portland, Oregon. Planted and pastored a church; served as interim church planting strategist in the association. (Served in IBA 02/1996 - 12/2000)
Minister to Adults, Lazybrook Baptist Church, Houston, Texas (06/1993 - 01/1996)
Church Membership: First Baptist Church, New Braunfels, Texas.
- Born and reared in Houston, Texas.
- Baptized at age eight, Garden Oaks Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.
- Graduate of Texas A&M University, BBA, 1987.
- Worked for Tenneco Oil Company and Lone Star Plywood and Door Company, 1987-93.
- Called to vocational ministry in 1992 at Lazybrook Baptist Church, Houston, under
Pastor J. K. Minton.
- Graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity, 1995.
- Graduate of Phoenix Seminary, Doctor of Ministry, May 2008.
J. K. Minton
Joseph Kelly (J. K.) Minton was born at Little Rock, Arkansas. He is married to the former Ruth Elliott of Chase City, Virginia. They have four children and eighteen grandchildren.
Reared in a Southern Baptist Church in rural Arkansas, near Little Rock, Dr. Minton accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior through the ministry of the Crystal Hill Baptist Church. As a teenager, he served this church in various capacities, including Music Director. After graduation from high school and one year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Minton received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy (USNA). After graduation from USNA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Science, he served for nine years as an officer in the Navy Nuclear Submarine Force and qualified as a naval nuclear engineer. He served in various assignments on Fast Attack Nuclear Submarines including Sonar Officer, Damage Control Assistant, Reactor Division Officer, Training Officer, and Chief Engineer.
In May 1975, Dr. Minton responded to the call to pastoral ministry by resigning his active commission in the Navy and by entering Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) at Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from seminary in 1977 with a Master of Divinity degree and accepted the pastorate of the Lazybrook Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and served the church for seventeen years. In 1986, Dr. Minton earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from SWBTS. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Dr. Minton has given strong support to the work of cooperative ministry. While serving as Moderator of Union Baptist Association (UBA) (1987-89) in Houston, Texas, he led the Association through two years of difficult transition which involved calling a new Executive Director and redefining the mission of UBA. Dr. Minton served for seven years as a member of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and has served on various state convention committees and boards.
Dr. Minton resigned from Lazybrook Baptist Church when he was appointed a Home Missionary with the North American Mission Board. He was called to serve as the Executive Director of the Interstate Baptist Association (IBA) in the Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC). The IBA is a fellowship of approximately 70 Southern Baptist churches and missions with offices in Portland, Oregon, and serving the thirteen counties that include Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington, the Pacific coast, and the Columbia River Gorge. In August 1998, Dr. Minton was called to serve as the Director of Missions of the Bluebonnet Baptist Association (BBA) in central Texas. The BBA is a fellowship of approximately 80 Southern Baptist churches and missions with offices in New Braunfels, Texas, serving the area along the “I-35 corridor” between the cities of San Antonio and Austin. In his ministry at BBA, Dr. Minton led the association to give priority to church planting, evangelism, and leadership development. He retired as Director of Missions in January 2010. In January 2010, Dr. Minton was called to serve as the Church Health Consultant in Bluebonnet Baptist Association to assist church leaders to understand the church situation, envision the desired future for the church, and develop the strategy to improve the health of the church.
In 2010, Dr. Minton founded Church Health Ministries, a 501 c(3) non-profit corporation established to assist churches in developing a strategic process to improve church health and to coach pastors in their personal and ministerial responsibilities. Dr. Minton serves as the Executive Director of Church Health Ministries. In 2011, Dr. Minton joined the staff of The Country Church, Marion, TX, where he serves as the Teaching Pastor.
While serving in the ministry, Dr. Minton remained active in the United States Naval Reserve and retired in 1989 with the rank of Commander, United States Navy Reserve.