Golden Isles Ministries is the resort ministry of the Southeast Baptist Association. GIM and SBA are one in the same.
Peter Copeland serves as our Resort and Community Missionary. He is responsible for working with all GIM ministry teams and coordinating their schedules in GIM ministry sites. Peter earned his B.A. in Youth Ministry and Communications from Charleston Southern University in 2004. He graduated from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div. in Christian Education in 2006. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. in Youth Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Larry Wilbur serves as our Director of Missions. He is responsible for working with our churches to help them accomplish the Great Commission. Larry has a B.A. degree from the University of Memphis, a Masters of Religious Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary. He comes to this position after serving 37 years in the local church, 25 of those as Senior Pastor.
Linda Pendle serves as our Secretary. She balances answering telephone calls, making appointments, and providing communication to SBA churches with her gentle loving-kindness.
Summer missionaries help GIM during the long summer work with each of our guest mission groups. Our staff range from juniors and seniors in high school all the way through college students, but most are college age. Each missionary applies, interviews, and goes through intense orientation for their resort and community training. GIM partners with the North America Mission Board in doing references, background checks, and student placements.