For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019
Antioch, TN—General Director Clint Morgan announced Danny Gasperson, of Asheville, North Carolina, has accepted the position of director of mobilization. As part of his duties, he will also become the administrative director of The Hanna Project. Gasperson will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.
Morgan noted, “We are excited to have Danny join our home team. His work in missions, church mobilization, and discipleship clearly reveal his passion for missions. We look forward to the great impact his work and heart will have on IM’s efforts to “labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.”
Gasperson has pastored Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church in Asheville for 19 years. He and his wife Jackie have promoted missions awareness and involvement during their tenure. Danny once said, “We thought we were a ‘missions-minded church’, but discovered we were just a church that didn’t mind missions. As we examined our priorities and oriented them to God’s priorities, missions went from being part of the program to the heart of the program. Our people developed personal ownership of missions.” That heart for missions became evident as the congregation sponsored an annual prayer summit. Missionaries discovered Zephyr Hills attendees truly knew them—their prayer needs, their family members, their particular missionary efforts, and their fields of service. As a result, missionaries love to participate in this local church endeavor. Morgan affirmed, “We’d love to see Danny help churches across the country make a similar journey.”
Though a congregation of fewer than 100 people, Zephyr Hills is consistently one of the top donating churches to the WMO (World Mission Offering) and overall missions support. In 2018, Zephyr Hills gave more than $32,000 to IM, ranking in the top 20 donating churches in the nation. Their $19,200 WMO offering placed them at number four in the country. Gasperson regularly promoted IM and THP at association meetings and other FWB churches. He also encouraged churches in western North Carolina to participate in a Perspectives course, broadening their vision, understanding, and participation in the Great Commission. He has led multiple overseas trips with The Hanna Project, primarily in Central Asia. Many of his church members have participated in mission trips both overseas and in the States.
The 59-year-old was elected to IM’s board at the 2018 National Association of Free Will Baptists. His acceptance of the Director of Mobilization position will necessitate the election of a new board member at the 2019 convention in Ohio.
Danny graduated with a B.A. from Welch College in 1984. He earned his M.A. from Bob Jones University in 1985. Married for 37 years, he and his wife Jackie have two children, a son-in-law, and two grandsons.
Gasperson informed his church of the new position on Sunday, May 12. “Pray for Zephyr Hills,” Danny asked, “as they make adjustments and seek a new pastor. Jackie and I are eternally grateful to our wonderful Zephyr Hills Church family who faithfully loved, encouraged and supported us for the past 19 years. We, too, desire your prayers as we transition into this new stage of ministry. I am thrilled and honored to join the IM family to learn from and labor with them as we strive to make God’s Name famous to the ends of the earth.”