Seminary Friends Dinner

Everyone is cordially invited to the annual BMA Seminary Friends Dinner on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the annual meeting of the BMA of America. The 2015 dinner will be in the Oklahoma-Illinois rooms at the University Plaza (headquarters) Hotel in Springfield, MO. The cost of the dinner will be $25 per person. Each attendee will receive a special gift specifically designed for this occasion.

To make reservations for the Seminary Dinner, contact Carol Shine at 800-259-5673 or

The 2015 Kellar Award will be presented to Brother Jeff Swart. Brother Swart is the twelfth Kellar Award recipient. This award, named in honor of the late Dr. Gerald Kellar, the founding president of BMA Seminary, recognizes a seminary alumnus for outstanding contributions in ministry typifying the legacy of Dr. Kellar.

Keller Award Honoree

Jeff Swart 2015The Kellar Award honoree will be Brother Jeff Swart, a native of Girard, KS and the son of the late William L. and Evelyn Gaston Swart. He is married to Debbie Boore Swart, a native of Radley, KS. They have three children: Josh; Andy and wife, Carman; and Rachel and husband, Jonathan. They have four grandchildren:  Laine, Ellie, Copeland, and Eisley. Brother Swart and his wife live in Galena, KS, where he has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church since 2009.

Brother Swart has earned a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, and a Masters of Religious Education from Baptist Missionary Association (BMA) Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX.

Brother Swart has been in full-time Christian ministry for forty years and has served as a North American Church Planter in Nevada, MO; Dean of Students at Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, TX; Assistant to the Director of Foreign Missions for the BMA of America; an English speaker for Lifeword Media Ministries; a church growth consultant for DiscipleGuide; and he has pastored churches in Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at various Bible colleges, institutes, and seminaries and has spoken in 35 countries around the world.

Brother Swart is the author of The Church Planting Model, which is being used around the world to teach lay people how to plant New Testament churches.

Brother Swart currently serves as Moderator of the BMA of Kansas and Western Missouri, as Chairman of the BMAA Missions Advisory Committee, and the Second Vice-President of the BMA of America.