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Dr. Jeff Iorg was elected the eighth President and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee on March 21, 2024.

Iorg’s career is exemplified in his accomplishments as president of Gateway Seminary, where, from 2004-24, his visionary leadership transformed the institution and expanded its reach and impact domestically and globally.

Most notably, Iorg managed the seminary’s relocation to Southern California, and launched Gateway’s online campus, and rebranded the seminary while growing the endowment from $16 million to $60 million and without incurring debt. 

Before his tenure at Gateway Seminary, Iorg held various roles that shaped his career as well as the communities he served. 

As the executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, Iorg coordinated the cooperative work of more than four hundred churches and increased annual Cooperative Program giving by 30 percent.

Iorg’s ministry began in the local church. First, he served as a children’s minister in Texas before answering the call as pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. After growing Green Valley’s attendance, initiating a relocation, and ensuring financial stability of the church, Iorg went on to plant Pathway Church in Gresham, Oregon. He led as pastor for several years there, then continued as a lay leader for the next 10 years, while serving the Northwest Baptist Convention. 

Iorg’s educational journey reflects his commitment to theological excellence and practical ministry skills. A magna cum laude graduate from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and a minor in Psychology, Iorg continued his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Divinity. His Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a project focused on developing effective listening skills for evangelism, underscores his dedication to effective ministry and leadership.

Iorg is the author of eight books focusing on biblical leadership, character development, leading through change, evangelism, and church health. 

He and his wife, Ann, have three children and five grandchildren.


President, Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention; Ontario, California (2004–Present) 

Led Golden Gate Seminary to relocate its primary campus to Southern California, build a new regional campus in the Bay Area, and change its name to Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention 

Operated the seminary without debt during entire tenure, increased endowment from $16 million to $60 million, and successfully managed the $150 million relocation project 

Started new initiatives like the online campus, a Korean program, a Chinese program, a counseling program, and a women’s ministry program 

Supervised 140 employees, a $12 million annual budget, and annual enrollment of 2,000 students 

Enhanced Gateway’s global impact through formal partnerships with seminaries in Mexico, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast 

Continued Golden Gate/Gateway’s legacy as a multi-cultural institution (+60% of students are non-Anglo); current enrollment of 1,000 students in 15 languages through the Advance Program 

Executive Director, Northwest Baptist Convention; Vancouver, Washington (1995–2004) 

Coordinated work of 425 churches worshipping in 19 languages; supervised staff of 40 and $5 million annual budget 

Completed construction of Northwest Baptist Center and staff relocation 

Formulated and implemented new strategic ministry processes 

Maintained regional focus and unity amid national denominational reorganization 

Set income records every year from 1996–2004 and increased annual Cooperative Program income from $2 to $3 million 

Founding Pastor, Pathway Church; Gresham, Oregon (1989–1995) 

Started the church as Greater Gresham Baptist Church with four families 

Created a new paradigm for “culture current” Baptist churches in the Northwest 

Remained a member through 2004 and chaired the task force that built their current campus 

Pastor, Green Valley Baptist Church; St. Joseph, Missouri (1982–1989) 

Attendance grew from 125 to 325 

Retired past indebtedness and purchased 10 acres of property 

Saved almost $200,000 for facilities at the new location 

Added two full-time staff pastors 

Minister to Children, Elmcrest Baptist Church; Abilene, Texas (1979–1981) 

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Cooperation is about working together to accomplish a shared mission—recognizing we really can do more together than we can by working independently.

Dr. Jeff Iorg

People working together voluntarily is the genius of the Cooperative Program . . . . We have this intense desire to work together because we want to. That’s why it’s hard to divide us. Our unity is not built on organizational charts, legal contracts, or other binding agreements. Our cooperation results from being cooperative, nothing more.

Dr. Jeff Iorg


Bachelor of Arts, 1980 
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, Texas

Master of Divinity, 1984 
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Kansas City, Missouri

Doctor of Ministry, 1990 
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas