President, North American Mission Board
With a heart for pastors and a passion for the gospel, Kevin Ezell serves as the President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
NAMB mobilizes Southern Baptist churches for their next step in missions in North America; whether that’s in church planting, compassion ministry or evangelism training and outreach.
Having served since 2010, Kevin has led NAMB and Southern Baptists to plant more than 9,400 churches during his tenure. These church plants are responsible for nearly 10% of all baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and, by 2030, one-third of all SBC churches will have been planted in the last 20 years.
With a laser focus on evangelism, NAMB’s 3 Circles tool has been distributed to and downloaded by more than two million people in the last seven years, making it the most used evangelism resource in NAMB’s history.
In cooperation with the International Mission Board, NAMB leads the SBC’s compassion ministry called Send Relief. Operating 20 ministry centers across the U.S. and Canada and offering mission trips and training opportunities, Send Relief is connecting people in need with people who care, all with the goal of leading people to faith in Christ.
Prior to joining NAMB, Kevin served as the senior pastor of churches in Texas, Illinois and his native Kentucky.
He is married to his wife Lynette, whom he met on the campus of their alma mater, Union University. They have six children and seven grandchildren. He is a so-so golfer and a big fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball.
Updated November 2022