The Mission of GETBA is to:

ASSIST member churches and ministries in growing God’s Kingdom.

CONNECT member churches and ministries in accomplishing what each cannot do alone.

ENCOURAGE Kingdom relationships among member churches and ministries.


Greater East Texas Baptist Association was formed in 2005, with Ronnie Starr as its original Director of Missions. In 2008, Jay McCasland became Director of Missions, and served in that capacity until his home-going in 2013.

In 2014, the Executive Board of GETBA took several months to pray and seek God's direction for the future of GETBA. As a result of much prayer and discussion, the Executive Board unanimously elected to continue without a paid Director of Missions and instead, rely on the Executive Board and the Leadership Team (formerly known as Officers) to lead GETBA, with the assistance of our Administrative Assistant, Gaile Lanier. This will allow GETBA to put over 50% more of its budgeted funds directly into ministry. GETBA's future has never looked brighter.

With member churches from Waskom to Hawkins (East to West) and Harleton/Gilmer/Longview to Henderson/Carthage (North to South), as well as several cities in between, Greater East Texas Baptist Association is truly poised to minister throughout the Greater East Texas area.

GETBA partners with mission work and missionaries both local and international in conjunction with it's purpose to Assist, Connect and Encourage.