- Jerry Paschal – U.B.A. Co-Director for Disaster Relief at 618-564-2575
- Joe Konneman – U.B.A. Co-Director for Disaster Relief at 618-524-5568
- Terry Mathis – U.B.A. Director at 618-524-9738
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a partnership ministry of the state Baptist conventions and the North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
Approximately 2,000 mobile units (feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water purification, repair/rebuild, generators, and others). More than 88,000 trained volunteers, including trained disaster relief chaplains.
American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security
Convoy of Hope
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)
Mercy Medical Airlift
Baptist Global Response
Disaster relief units are owned and staffed by Southern Baptist churches, regional Baptist associations, and state Baptist conventions. Volunteer teams respond to disasters within their own state and work cooperatively with other states in larger emergencies. Teams also work overseas when Baptist Global Response requests help.
The first Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response took place in 1967 when a small group of Texas volunteers helped victims of Hurricane Beulah by serving hot food cooked on small “buddy burners.” Forty years later, in 2008, Southern Baptist volunteers prepared almost 8 million meals. All assistance is provided to individuals and communities free of charge.