John VaughnPresident, FBFI
In addition to his extensive evangelistic ministry, Dr. John C. Vaughn is the President of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International and Pastor Emeritus of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, SC, where he served as senior pastor for thirty years. Dr. Vaughn and his wife Brenda co-authored More Precious Than Gold: The Fiery Trial of a Family’s Faith, which tells the story of a fire in the Vaughn home in 1978, in which Brenda and daughter Becky were severely burned. From humble beginnings in a small metal building, the 1200-member Faith Baptist Church and Hidden Treasure Christian School (for disabled children) now share a beautiful 36-acre campus.
Dr. Vaughn has preached in 49 states and 60 foreign countries, in churches, colleges, camps and conferences, and was heard for many years on the daily radio broadcast Foundations of Faith. His sermons are regularly downloaded from SermonAudio.com. His articles appear in FrontLine magazine and other Christian publications. He has served as the Senior Chaplain of the Greenville Police Department since 1987 (now as Chaplain Emeritus), as President of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools from 1988-2005, and as Editor of FrontLine magazine. To help a new generation in “Learning to Love and Live the Bible,” Dr. Vaughn founded FrontLine Clubs, a uniformed, graded youth discipleship program for Bible-believing churches.
He serves on the boards of Bob Jones University, The Wilds, International Baptist Missions, and Mission Gospel Ministries International. He accepted a gubernatorial appointment to serve a four-year term on the Commission of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, serving over 29,000 disabled South Carolinians. Having attended Cumberland College and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Vaughn graduated from Bob Jones University in 1977. In 1989, he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from BJU, completed the Master of Ministry degree in 1991, and in 2006 was honored as the BJU Alumnus of the Year. In 2011, he completed the Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree with a dissertation on “The Extension of Local Church Ministry through Military and Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.”
The Vaughns had five children (one with the Lord since September 2008) and nine grandchildren. For many years Dr. Vaughn cared for his wife Brenda who was in failing health. On September 2, 2013, the Lord took Brenda home to be with Him. Becky has taken up her mother’s mantle by encouraging others in need through counseling, speaking, and writing. Dr. Vaughn continues preaching, teaching, and writing and has established the John C. Vaughn Evangelistic Association, Inc. for the purpose of spreading the gospel by “Encouraging Those Who Care for Others.”
Malinda DuvallOffice Manager, FBFI
Malinda Duvall was born in Ethiopia, East Africa, where her parents served as missionaries for 20 years. She graduated with a BS in Office Administration from Bob Jones University and met her husband, Roger, there while working as the Alumni Association Office Manager. After working in the Faith Baptist Church (Taylors, SC), office part-time for nine years, she took her current position as Office Manager for the FBFI Home Office in June 2008. She and her husband, Roger, have three daughters. In addition to her other responsibilities, Malinda considers it an honor and a privilege to care for the 50-plus chaplains and their families currently endorsed by the FBFI.
Joe WillisCH (COL) USAR RET, Associate Endorser
CH (COL) Joe Willis completed a long and illustrious military career in September 2014. Nevertheless, his chaplaincy ministry will not only continue, it will expand. We have already begun a transition in FBFI chaplaincy that will involve Chaplain Willis more and more in the months and years ahead, if the Lord tarries His coming. His current international role with other chaplains at CENTCOM provides a natural stepping stone to a role with FBFI in which he can recruit, train, and help to manage an expanding cadre of chaplains like himself.