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Dr. Gary Mathes

Director of Missions

Dr. Gary Mathes began serving as Director of Missions of the Clay-Platte Baptist Association in January 2019.  Gary is a native Missourian, and prior to coming to CPBA, he served as Pastoral Ministry and Church Revitalization specialist with the Missouri Baptist Convention.  He has previously served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Missouri and Kansas.  Gary earned a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Religion/Philosophy with College of the Ozarks. He and his wife, Ginger, have two children and five grandchildren.

Samantha Zelaya

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Zelaya began serving as the Administrative Assistant for the Clay-Platte Baptist Association in January 2023. Samantha earned her B.A in Communications from Spurgeon College and is currently taking graduate courses from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys playing indoor soccer, watching football, and playing video games with her husband, Gabriel. She and Gabriel have a wild German Shepherd named, Addie. Samantha and Gabriel serve as members at Pisgah Baptist Church.