Buff McNickle, Network Development and Compassion Ministries Director for the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, has served a variety of positions in his over 25 years of ministry. He was a student pastor, family pastor, singles and young adults pastor, all the way to a team chaplain and Student Leadership and Development Director at the University of Mobile in Alabama. He graduated from University of Mobile where he was on scholarship as a baseball player and received a bachelor of science degree.
What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?
I hope to come alongside churches to help them be champions for their communities as they seek to both demonstrate and declare the gospel and its transformational work in individual lives and communities. I also want to help establish Compassion Ministry Centers in all four regions so that they can help be a resource for regional ministries as well as a refuge for the hurting. Lastly, I would like to help raise up and connect ministry partners from all over the U.S. to help us as we seek to reach the 14 million who don’t know the power of the gospel.
A Few Fun Facts about Buff
Buff gets inspired when he sees what genuine faith looks like in a lost world. He loves seeing individuals both seeking and seizing opportunities to be Jesus in real time and in real ways. The world is starving to see that, and he loves the fact that each day we get the opportunity to display that.
Buff’s hero is Rick Hagans, the founder and president of Harvest Evangelism. He is a street preacher from Opelika, Alabama, who has made it his life’s mission to simply follow God’s voice and love everyone no matter what. “His dedication to living out the gospel and investing into people has transformed my life,” Buff said. “He is, without a doubt, a man to whom I can say walks with God and the fruits of his 40 + years of ministry and life serve as evidence of that.”
Buff’s hobbies include golf, football, anything University of Alabama, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family and friends