The Bay Area Baptist Association
exists to assist churches to equip, encourage, and engage their members in making, maturing, and mobilizing Christian disciples which we understand to include the promotion of missions, evangelism, discipleship training, stewardship, and harmonious fellowship.. The BABA consists of 12 congregations in 11 mid-Michigan counties and stands ready and willing to partner with churches to assist them as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission.

To locate a church near you, visit our Churches page.

We believe that this video portrays what we are to be/do:

This is Discipling - This is Church!

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Associational Missionary

Dr. David Roberts is the Associational Missionary of the BABA. He has been serving in this position since the fall of 2014. He serves as a church strengthener, which involves being a pastor to the pastors of the churches in our association, listening, keeping confidences and encouraging the churches. He also helps churches to identify areas where new ministry can be done and new churches could be planted. He suggests resources and helps train leadership for church plants, trains churches in evangelism and outreach and is available to assist churches in their evangelistic events.

Dr. Roberts is bivocational as well. Though he works primarily for BABA, he supplements his income by doing online teaching with the Liberty University School of Divinity.  He is an adjunct Professor of Divinity teaching Introduction to Evangelism and Introduction to Church Ministries.

Dr. Roberts has over 26 years of ministry experience, having pastored churches in Michigan, New York and North Carolina.  He has served as an international missions volunteer in the Philippines, San Jose, Costa Rica, Mexico City, Mexico, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has served as a summer missionary in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  David has served as a chaplain with NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief, Civil Air Patrol USAF Auxiliary and was a National Day of Prayer Community Coordinator multiple years since 2001.  Dr. Roberts has also served as a state alumni president in Michigan, New York, and North Carolina for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Roberts is a contributor to The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History edited by Drs. Ed Hindson and Dan Mitchell - articles on the Gideons, John Gill, and John Owen.  His Doctoral Dissertation is on A Directed Content Analysis of the Leadership of Jesus Among His Twelve Disciples Using the Framework of the Situational Leadership Model - a study whether Situational Leadership was reflected in the leadership of Jesus among His disciples.

His education includes:
  • Doctor of Education
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC (2012)
  • Doctor of Ministry
    • Southern Baptist School of Biblical Studies, Jacksonville, FL (2000)
  • Master of Divinity
    • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA (1991)
  • Bachelor of Science (Political Science)
    • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (1988)
  • Diploma
    • Western Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC (1984)

-Church Planting
-Supporting missionaries in the Philippines & Guam
-Support for pastors

All the churches in our association have access to:
  • Bibles
  • Books/DVD lending library
  • Evangelism Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Popcorn Machines
  • Snowcone Machine
  • Electric Keyboard
  • Digital Hymn Player
  • Video Projector
  • Sunday School/Outreach Literature
  • And much more!