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Rev. Bennie Baker, Executive Pastor, Minister's Conference President, and Audio Visual Ministry
cell: 520-791-3068
Rev. Baker and his 3 children come to us from Austin, TX as a result of employment with the USAF.  He pastored Bethana Baptist Church in Flynn, TX and founded and Pastored Praise and Worchip Centers, Int'l of Austin, TX.  After completing high school in Athens, TX he attended Prairie View A&M University and from there joined the Air Force.  The Air Force took him to the Island of Guam where he accepted his call to the ministry.  Upon return to Athens, TX he was licenced and ordained and installed as Interim Pastor of Mt Calvary Baptist Church. Rev Baker was recently married to Michaela Elder and they and their children are a great asset to the ministries of Rising Star.

Rev. Baker is a lifetime learner and has earned numerous degrees.  He earned a Bachelor's of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He also received a Master's of Theological Studies from Liberty University and Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as graduate certificates in Pastoral Counseling, Biblical Studies, and Theological Studies, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.  Rev. Baker strives to serve God and God's people.