Dr. Bud Steadman began his ministry as executive director of Baptist World Mission in April 2009. Prior to coming to BWM, he served as the senior pastor of Community Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana, for 13 years.
Bud was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1953 into a nominal Christian home. At the age of 10 he heard the Gospel and was saved through the Bible school outreach of a local Baptist church. After being called to preach through personal devotions at the age of 15, he attended Bob Jones University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in Bible in 1975 and a master of ministry degree in 1990. He was honored in 1994 by Ambassador Baptist College of Lattimore, North Carolina, with a doctor of divinity degree.
Though joining Baptist World Mission as a field administrator on January 1, 2009, Jesse is no stranger to BWM. Jesse had been a missionary with this organization since his appointment in June 1986. Jesse's work as a missionary produced five churches in Mexico. He brings to BWM one who not only has allowed the Lord to use him to plant local Baptist churches, but to do so using the Spanish language to effectively reach the lost.
Mike came to BWM from the state of Wisconsin, where he taught in a Christian school for eight years, served as a treasurer for his small town, and did the bookkeeping for his local church. Mike's responsibilities as business director include overseeing those who deal with the day-to-day ministry of donation management and payroll. He also acts as the HR manager for the staff, dealing with such issues as salary structures, health insurance and benefits. As IT manager, Mike sees that the computers and office machines are running smoothly, allowing the staff to work more efficiently to better serve the BWM missionaries and their supporters.
Steve Anderson, along with his wife, Martha, came on board with BWM in 1997 as furlough-replacement missionaries. They replace BWM missionaries who come back to the States for furlough by keeping their work growing in their absence. In 2002 Steve was appointed as the field administrator for Africa. As the Lord enables, they are presently serving in both of these capacities. The Andersons spent three terms in West Africa prior to serving with Baptist World Mission. That experience has given them a real love for the continent of Africa and its peoples, as well as a burden for its great spiritual needs.
Dr. Dave Canedy is not new to BWM. Prior to becoming the deputation director, he served on the BWM board of trustees from 2001-2009 while he pastored Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Downers Grove, Illinois. He and his wife, Nancy, also served as BWM missionaries to the Maritimes of Canada from 1989-2000. Their burden for missions began during their youth ministry at Marquette Manor from 1982-89 as they led several mission trips to expose the teens to the mission field.
Dr. Kevin and Tamara Brosnan were originally appointed with BWM in April 1995 and served as missionaries in South Africa for 17 years. The trademarks of their church-planting ministry in Africa were teamwork, vision, training nationals, surveying new fields, and recruitment of missionaries. On May 1, 2009, Kevin became the field administrator for BWM missionaries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also serves as editor of the mission’s newsletter, the Messenger, and oversees the development of curriculum which BWM makes available to its missionaries to assist the training of nationals.
Brother Pat and Mary began their foreign field service as single adults. Pat was initially appointed to BWM while still single in October 1985. The Lord brought Pat and Mary’s lives together on the island of Guam, where they were married in 1986. Together they were appointed to serve as missionary church planters in October 1987. They departed for Singapore in January 1989, where they planted a church and raised a family of eight children over nearly 18 years. Subsequently, the Lord led them to Taiwan for 3 ½ wonderful years of service. Throughout all their years in Asia, the Delaneys travelled and ministered in a variety of locations. Brother Pat and Mary want to use their years of experience to encourage and edify their missionary brethren throughout Asia and Australasia.
In Brother Pat’s words:“I am deeply grateful for my former field administrators. They not only influenced me theologically, but they also walked beside me during the challenging days of life and ministry. Because of their investment in me, I desire to invest my life in our existing and future missionaries, in order that they might succeed in their church planting endeavors.”
Beth Weaver came to Baptist World Mission in December of 1997. She is our donations entry clerk. She enters the contributions received and makes sure they are allocated to the right accounts. She also keeps the missionary support database up to date. Beth is responsible for producing and mailing the contribution receipts, and she handles all requests for information regarding missionary support status.
In May of 1998 Carilee Lind came to work for Baptist World Mission as the staff accountant. Along with answering financial questions, Carilee spends a good portion of her time sending funds to missionaries. Our missionaries are given the option to receive a check, a direct deposit, or a wire. Two times a month are set aside for sending funds, as well as sending money throughout the month in case of emergencies. In an attempt to assist the missionary, Carilee takes care of paying many bills for them directly from their BWM account. Some of her other duties include home-office payroll, home-office bills, tax reports, financial reports, and budgets.
Beth Anne McFadden came to BWM in August of 1998 as Beth Anne Arrowood. She served as the Deputation Assistant for nearly two years before transferring to the Finance Department where she spent the next 10 years assisting Business Director, Mike Williquette. On April 12, 2008, she became Mrs. Beth Anne McFadden. When the transitions began in 2009, Beth Anne was needed outside of the Finance Department. In April of 2009, she began serving as the administrative assistant to field administrators. She serves in this capacity by assisting Dr. Kevin Brosnan (administrator for Eastern Europe and Canada) and Pat Delaney (field administrator for Asia and the South Pacific). Beth Anne still retains a couple of her Finance Department tasks, and she continues to be the editor/designer for the quarterly MK Digest, and the monthly Intercom. She also cares for the advertising of BWM, the ordering of office supplies, and is the event coordinator for BWM’s annual meeting.
Talitha Koeper began working at Baptist World Mission in June 2006. As administrative assistant to the deputation director, she aids the missionaries from the time they request an application to the time they leave for their chosen field. Some additional duties are processing applications for short-term and long-term missionaries, proofreading all types of correspondence, and coordinating our annual Orientation Seminar and Relationship Seminar.
Anita Knighten joined the Baptist World Mission home office staff in February of 2000. She serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Bud Steadman. All mail sent to the BWM office is handles by her and she is responsible to maintain the the crisis management files, and corporate archives.
Ruth travels with her husband to foreign lands, missions conferences stateside, and to BWM meetings. She enjoys encouraging the missionary women of BWM. Her duties in the office are proofreading, corresponding with the missionary ladies, and assisting with projects.
In Ruth's own words, "I enjoy getting to know the missionaries and seeing their work on the field. It is wonderful to see God building His church around the world!"
Julie Williquette came to BWM in October of 2011 and serves as administrative assistant to both Steve Anderson and Jesse Garza. Her responsibilities include preparing letters, answering the phone, proofing missionary prayer letters and any articles that BWM produces.
Joe Seidel came to BWM in September 2006 and serves part-time, coming in one day a week to process the over 3000 monthly receipts that must be mailed to our faithful group of donors. He comes with a smile and works diligently to see that each receipt makes it to its intended donor.