Each recipient will receive both lifetime membership in BACE and lifetime complimentary conference registration.

2019 Recipient

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Gary was a successful businessman for over 30+ years before answering God’s call to Christian Education. After serving as Sunday School Director, Gary served for 18 years as the full-time Minister of Education and Outreach at FBC Lafayette, LA. Gary was involved in the Louisiana Baptist State Convention on many levels including serving as past president of the LBCEA (Louisiana Baptist Christian Education Association). Gary has been a mentor, encourager, equipper, and friend to countless people across the country throughout his 30+ years of ministry. Gary is still active in local, state, and national education ministries and is retired and living in Lafayette, LA. where he a member of FBC Lafayette, LA.

2018 Recipient


Bob has been and is continuing to be an advocate, not only for Christian educators, but for the work they do to equip the church to make disciples. Through his work in two state conventions and on church staff, Bob has had the opportunity to help equip numerous church leaders. Bob continues to be a forward thinker while being an advocate for proven principles of the past. The development and success of the Reconnect Sunday School training site (reconnects.com), Bob’s personal site (babmayfield.com), and the new BETA Collective for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma serve as examples of Bob’s passion for continuing to define the work of Christian education for a new generation of leaders.