Board of Directors
Dr. Gordon Dickson
Dr. Gordon A. Dickson has served as the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, Ohio, since 1994. He has been married to the former Harriet Clonts since 1981, and they have four children and one grandchild. Pastor Dickson received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in 1978. In 1979, he graduated from the Camp Directors Institute at The Wilds in Rosman, North Carolina.
From 1979-1984, he served on the staff of Positive Action for Christ (Pro-Teens) in Rocky Mount, North Carolina as a writer and editor. During this time, he wrote several books to assist youth pastors in recreation and teaching. With Dr. Frank Hamrick, he coauthored the Bible study Dynamic Christian Living which is used in Christian schools around the world. In 1984, the Lord called Pastor and Mrs. Dickson to serve with Dr. John Vaughn at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Dickson served as associate pastor for youth and families for ten years. During this time, he was also a regular speaker on the Foundations of Faith radio broadcast and led seven mission teams. He helped to coordinate the construction of the present church auditorium on West Lee Road in Taylors, SC.
In May 2001, Rev. Dickson received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University and earned the Master of Ministry degree from Northland Baptist Bible College. He is periodically taking courses toward the M.Div. degree at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Dickson has served as an adjunct professor at Bob Jones University. He has also served the Research Secretary and Treasurer for the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Managing Editor for FrontLine magazine, the publication of the FBFI. He writes for various Christian magazines including Today’s Christian Preacher and FrontLine.
Rev. Dickson is a regular speaker at Bible conferences, camps, retreats and on the mission field. He is a certified master gardener and his hobbies include reading, writing, fishing and serving as a weather spotter for the National Weather Service.
Pastor Johnny Franco
Pastor Johnny Franco has served as the pastor of Iglesia Bautista de la Fe in Greenville, South Carolina since 1991, evangelizing the lost andfaithfully instructing them in the Scriptures in order to make them disciples of Jesus Christ. He also serves as the head of Instituto Bíblico de la Fe, founded in 1985, and Colegio Universitario Bautista de la Fe, which was established in 2005.
In 2003 Pastor Franco started Música de la Fe, which records conservative sacred music in Spanish. Brother Franco has preached in many places in the United States as well as in Latin America and in the Caribbean. He has received, by the grace of God, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Colegio Universitario Bautista de Puerto Rico.
Pastor Franco and his wife Lizet have eight children and became grandparents in 2006. Those still of school age are being educated in the home.
Pastor Dick Mercado Jr.
Pastor Dick Mercado Jr. is the grandson of the mission’s founder and grew up in the ministry of MGMI. He graduated from Bob Jones University and has served on the board of directors for over 20 years. For 19 years he served on the pastoral staff of the mission’s mother church, La Iglesia Evangelica, nine of those years as senior pastor. In 2004 the Mercados answered God’s call on their lives to plant Westpointe Baptist Church in Litchfield Park, a western suburb of Phoenix. Pastor Dick and his wife Joyce have been married for 27 years and have four children.
Dr. Kevin Schaal
Kevin Schaal graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, PA, in 1987, and his Doctor of Ministry from International Baptist College, Tempe, AZ, in 1995.
He has served as the pastor of Northwest Valley Baptist Church since its founding in 1987. The church’s mission outreach has planted five other churches, four in Arizona and one in Puebla, Mexico.
Dr. Schaal serves as an adjunct professor at International Baptist College in Chandler, Arizona, Baptist Seminary in Trujillo, Peru, Baptist College of Ministries in Menomonie, WI and Independent Baptist College of Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya. He is chairman of the Executive Board of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, and serves on the governing board of International Baptist College.
Dr. Schaal and his wife Sandra have five children, ages 12 to 24.
Dr. John Vaughn
Dr. John C. Vaughn is the President of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International and Pastor Emeritus of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, SC, where he served as Senior Pastor for 30 years. Dr. Vaughn and his wife Brenda are co-authors of More Precious Than Gold: The Fiery Trial of a Family’s Faith, which tells the story of a fire in the Vaughn home in 1978, in which Brenda and daughter Becky were severely burned, and the resulting ministries, including Hidden Treasure Christian School, founded in 1981. From humble beginnings with 45 members in a small metal building, the 1200 member Faith Baptist Church and Hidden Treasure Christian School now share a beautiful 36-acre campus.
Dr. Vaughn has preached in 46 states and 54 foreign countries, in churches, colleges, camps and conferences, and was heard on the daily radio broadcast Foundations of Faith. His sermons are regularly downloaded from www.sermonaudio.com. His articles appear in FrontLine magazine, and other Christian publications. He has served as the Senior Chaplain of the Greenville Police Department since 1987, President of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools from 1988-2005, and as President of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, is Editor of FrontLine magazine. Dr. Vaughn founded FrontLine Clubs, a youth discipleship program for Bible-believing churches.
He serves on the boards of Bob Jones University, The Wilds, International Baptist Missions, and Mission Gospel Ministries International. He has served on the Commission of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Having attended Cumberland College and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Vaughn completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Bob Jones University. In 1989, he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from BJU, and in 2006 was honored as the BJU Alumnus of the Year. He recently successfully defended his Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree through a dissertation project on “The Extension of Local Church Ministry through Military and Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.”
The Vaughns have five children (one with the Lord since September 2008) and nine grandchildren. Dr. Vaughn is caring for Brenda, who is in failing health, and Becky, who is working on a graduate degree in Counseling from Bob Jones University. As the Lord allows, Dr. Vaughn plans to continue preaching, teaching, and writing and has established the John C. Vaughn Evangelistic Association for the purpose of spreading the Gospel by “Encouraging Those Who Care for Others©.”