Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Richard Nations, Director of Missions 

Before coming to Kirksville on March 1, 2012, he served for 18 years as church health
strategist for the Baptist Convention of Iowa in Des Moines.  He also served as editor of
the Iowa Baptist newspaper for the past 11 years.  In addition, he has 15 years of
pastoral experience in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa, and he was president of 
(SBC) State Sunday School Directors Association.

He is a native of Winigan. His home church is First Baptist, Winigan, where he was ordained
to ministry in 1976.  He was educated at Hannibal-LaGrange College; Southwest Baptist University;
and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of
Divinity degrees. 

Nations and his wife, Rachel, have been married for 32 years, and they have two grown children,
Philip and Beth. Rachel is a special needs teacher who has served as a volunteer special needs
consultant for the Baptist Convention of Iowa. 

Nations has written for Baptist Press and is the author of numerous articles for magazines and web publications,
primarily for LifeWay Christian Resources.  He regularly teaches seminars for LifeWay at Ridgecrest and Glorietta
conference centers and has taught seminars and classes for other state Baptist conventions including the Missouri
Baptist Convention and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  And in the realm of community service, for the
past 7 years has had been part-time chaplain for the Windsor Heights (Iowa) Fire Department.