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Metro 55 Plus 
Kevin Burdette

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Green Acres Baptist Church; Tyler, TX.

Kevin Burdette serves as the Minister to Senior Adult/Pastoral Care at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, TX.  He joined the staff the fall of 1991 as the Associate Minister of Worship where he began the Instrumental/Orchestral Ministry and grew the Student Music Ministry to include 250 voice choirs, ensembles, drama teams, dance teams and instrumental groups. 


In 2007, Kevin accepted his pastor’s challenge to begin a new ministry focused on the Baby Boomer Generation and working with church members and community organizations to begin new ministries.  In January 2020 he transitioned into his current role of serving with the Senior Adults.


Kevin grew up in Prattville, AL.  He received his BA from the University of Mobile (AL) and master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth.  He also studied two summers at Oxford University in England.


Kevin and his wife, Penny, met the first week he was on staff at Green Acres.    They have two sons, Reed (early 20's) and Eric (late teens).  Kevin and his family love to sing, read, college football (“Roll Tide”), play musical instruments, and travel.

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         1st Vice President
Metro 55 Plus 
Ronnie McCarson

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First Baptist Church Hendersonville, Tennessee,

I have been in ministry for 40+ years. I’ve been working with Sr. Adults all of those years.

I have served at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama for over 20 years. We have 3 campuses. One downtown location and one at Dauphin Island as well as our main campus. Connecting people to Jesus Christ and one another is our mission statement; but a big part of our DNA is getting people to serve our community outside the walls of our church by participating in what we call "Love Where You Live" mission projects.


I have been a member of Metro 55 Plus for 10+ years.

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         2nd Vice President
Metro 55 Plus 
Tommy Merritt

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Southern Hills Baptist Church; Oklahoma City, OK

Tommy Merritt was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016 and completed a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018.

Tommy has been a member of Southern Hills since 2006 and began serving on staff in August of 2013 as an administrative assistant. He also served as the College Associate before becoming Minister to Senior Adults in January of 2020. Tommy has always had a deep love and admiration for the local church and especially for senior adults. It was often senior adults who were loving on him, teaching him, encouraging him, and rebuking him. Although his family was not always active in the local church, it was his favorite place to be as a child. His involvement in the church from an early age was only possible because of bus ministries and neighbors who were faithful to take him to church…many of whom were senior adults.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with Winston, his Chinese Pug. He is a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Denver Broncos. He also eats chicken at least once every day.

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