Meet the Staff
Ron Clement, Executive Director
For 35 years Ron has served as pastor, church planter, and Team Leader for Prayer and Evangelism on the Colorado Baptist General Convention state staff. He came to the Salt Lake Baptist Association in January 2016 with a strong belief that God is calling him to this very strategic area. He brings experience as a consultant, coach, confidant, trainer, networker, and resource person to churches and ministers in virtually every area of church life. The word that came up the most in his interviews and discussions with the search team was encourager. He has a love and a passion to be an encourager to churches and pastors. Diane joins him in that ministry heart, desiring to be an encourager and supporter to pastors’ wives. Diane also serves as Ministry Assistant to the Salt Lake Baptist Association.
Ron’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO; a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX; and a Doctorate of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, CA. He also has certifications in Master Life, Continual Witness Training, FAITH, Building Witnessing relationships, Intentional Interim/Transitional Pastor, Peacemakers Mediation and Society of Church Consultation. In addition, he is certified in Disaster Relief, Critical Incident Management (CISM), and Disaster Relief Chaplaincy.
Ron’s education and experience are only a small part of why our team believes he is the right man to lead the Salt Lake Baptist Association into the future. Ron comes with an array of references that speak highly of his heart and his character. We are honored to have him leading out in Launching a new day for the SLBA!
Ron and Diane have two daughters. Courtney, married to A.J. (reside in Colorado Springs) and Kathleen, married to Seth (reside in North Carolina).
Diane Clement, Ministry Assistant
Russ Robinson , Moderator
Russ was raised in Middle Tennessee where he was saved by God’s grace at a young age. By his own profession he lived for many years as a “chief of hypocrites.” Late into his collegiate studies God used the doctrines of grace to wake him up to his true need of Christ for every part of his life, not just parts of it. During his studies and upon graduation from Union University in 2003, Russ served on the staff of two churches in Tennessee, started and stopped seminary studies in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked as a carpenter in Shelbyville, Tennessee. In 2009 he accepted the call from the First Baptist Church of Provo to serve as their pastor. Russ and his wife, Lesley, and their four children have enjoyed God at First Baptist Church since January 2010. His driving passion for First Baptist Church is to see every member captivated by the glory of God and dedicated to making Christ known in Utah County and all the earth. When he is not enjoying his family and church he can either be found reading a book, occasionally picking up where he left off with seminary studies, or enjoying all of Utah's outdoor activities.
Rafael Gutierrez, President of SLBA Hispanic Pastors Fellowship
Pastor Rafael is pastor of Iglesia Buatista Pan de Vida. He has taught classes for Utah School of Theology, as well as with the UISBC Hispanic Seminary program. Rafael has served in various offices and committees with the Salt Lake Baptist Association. He is bi-lingual and is of great assistance in the Salt Lake Baptist Association being able to offer support to the Hispanic churches of our area.