Interim Executive Director/Treasurer
Garvon Golden has served Southern Baptist in the Northern Plains since 1985. Moving From a pastorate in Texas after graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Garvon and his wife Cindy began in Dickinson, ND. and Except for 4 years in Montana their entire ministry has be spent serving churches, associations and the State Conventions in the Dakotas. Garvon is a graduate of Texas A&M at Commerce and has pastor at Bounds Baptist Church in Powderly Texas, FBC Dickinson, ND, FBC Forsyth, Mt. and FBC Williston, ND. In 2000 Garvon was appointed and commissioned as a North American Mission Board Missionary and began serving the churches in the Black Hills of South Dakota, in 2005 he transitioned to State Evangelism Director for the two states and in 2012 was elected Executive Director/Treasurer for the Dakota Baptist Convention. He retired from the Executive Director/Treasurer position December 31, 2019. He is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director/Treasurer. Garvon and Cindy are the parents of 4 Grown children and the proud grandparents of 6 grandchildren with more expected. Garvon and Cindy reside in Rapid City, SD.
Church Health & Leadership Development Director
Jeff Musgrave has served in various ministry positions in Arkansas and North and South Dakota since 1993. Jeff began by serving small churches in Arkansas working with youth and leading worship and also teaching youth Sunday School. In 2003, Jeff relocated to South Dakota to serve as a Mission Service Corp Missionary in the Black Hills area. During his time in the Black Hills, he served at Westside Baptist Church in Rapid City, SD and then Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood, SD. In 2007, he and his wife Amelia and their three kids, moved to Langdon, ND; where he served as pastor of First Baptist Church until the end of 2014. While serving at Langdon, Jeff completed his Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Arts degree in Religion with a focus on Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He has a passion for small-group discipleship and working with others to develop leaders for ministry in the local church. As of the beginning of 2015, Jeff is now the Church Health and Leadership Development Director.
State Missions Director
Buck Hill is a missionary with the North American Mission Board. Buck lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Buck is the State Director of Missions and Starting Churches Team Leader for the Dakota Baptist Convention. He served as pastor, Associational Director of Mission and Church Planting Strategist prior to his current position. He also worked as a mechanic for Michelin Tire Corporation for 20 years. Buck has two married daughters—B. J. and Parker. B.J. and her husband Nathan live in North Carolina with three of our grandchildren, and Parker, her husband Mark and three of our grandchildren live in Africa and serve with the I.M.B. The North American Mission Board, located near Atlanta, GA, is the Southern Baptist Convention’s home mission agency which assists SBC churches in reaching the United States, Canada and the US Territories with the gospel of Jesus Christ. NAMB’s work includes starting new SBC churches, training and equipping Southern Baptists in evangelism and mobilizing churches and church members to be on mission for Christ. The Board oversees the work of more than 5,100 missionaries like Buck and Pam who depend on faithful support through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
Church-Based Church Planter Catalyst
Stephen and Kaye have been married since June of 2002. They have two boys, Silas and Ollie. Stephen has been in vocational ministry since 2002. He served as Student Pastor at Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando, MS from 2002-2007. In May of 2007 Stephen earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Stephen and Kaye then moved overseas to Kampala, Uganda where they served as church planters with the International Mission Board. They completed their two-year term in October of 2009. In 2010 Stephen assumed the role of Missions Pastor, again in Hernando, MS at Longview Point. He served in that role until January of 2014 when he accepted the call to be the Pastor of Connection Church in Belle Fourche, SD. In October of 2016 he became one of two church based church planting catalysts for the Dakota Baptist Convention.
Brandon coordinates ministry to USD students and oversees the on-campus student ministry organization, Equip. He is looking to expand to other North & South Dakota campuses. Brandon and his wife, Erin have 4 children: Noah, Jonny, Abby, and Sam.
Paul O’Dell moved to the Dakotas in 2011 to be the Education/Administration Pastor at First Baptist Church in Williston, North Dakota. After serving there for three years, he and his family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where he currently serves the Dakota Baptist Convention as the Office Manager and Church Consultant. He also leads worship at Foothills Community Baptist Church in Piedmont, South Dakota. Paul has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. He earned his first Masters degree, a Master of Arts in Church Music, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. He earned a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary ten years later, in May of 2015. Paul has served in a variety of settings over the past 15 years. He has served as worship pastor in Callahan, Florida with a 30+ member choir and a small orchestra. He has directed children’s programs in multiple settings and started 2 AWANA programs. He has led a youth department and a youth choir and helped counsel youth hurting over accidental deaths and suicides. He has also done adult counseling and had opportunities to preach at various locations. Paul was licensed and ordained to pastoral ministry on April 30, 2006 at First Baptist Church of Gray Gables in Callahan, Florida.