David Aker, director of missions in the South Union Mt. Zion Association, will still make himself available for church ministry on a short term basis after his retirement, which is effective Oct. 15.
Colleagues say Aker has been a man of impact in the areas he has served.
“During the many years that David and I have known each other, I have valued his expertise, love for missions and ministries and his personal friendship,” said Randy Jones, director of missions in the Oldham-Trimble Baptist Association. “He has maintained a deep love for the mountain folks in eastern Kentucky, and a strong desire to see them come to faith in Jesus Christ.”
Aker and Jones once worked together at the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
KBC Missions Mobilization Team Leader Eric Allen said Aker will be missed.
“David encouraged many Kentucky pastors and missionaries over the years through his passionate leadership of the Mountain Missions Conference at Oneida,” Allen said. “As an eastern Kentucky native himself, David provided insight and understanding for effective ministry in that region. I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me by the KBC to have worked with and learned from David during his service as Mountain Missions Director and Director of Missions.”
Aker said he plans to relocate nearer central Kentucky and that he and his wife, Wanda, will be close to their daughter, Tabitha and son, Kevin.