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Founder of the Summit

Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd is the founder of the NWA Summit and Pastor Emeritus and former Senior Pastor of Cross Church Northwest Arkansas. His proudest accomplishments stem from his personal life. He and his wife Jeana have been married for 45 years. They have two sons, Josh and Nick. Josh is married to Kate, and they have three sons, Peyton, Parker, and Jack. Nick is married to Meredith, and they have a son, Beckham, and three daughters, Reese, Norah, and Maya Faith. Josh is the head football coach at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama. Nick is senior pastor of Cross Church Northwest Arkansas.

Dr. Floyd has served two terms as SBC president (2014-2015 and 2015-2016), as chairman of the Great Commission Task Force of the Southern Baptist Convention, and on the Executive Committee (1988-1998). He recently served as the President and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

He was pastor of five churches over a span of 43 years, the last 32 of which were as Senior Pastor of Cross Church, a multi-campus church in Northwest Arkansas (19876-2019). His experience, wisdom, and passion for God make him a powerful proclaimer of God’s Word and inspiring leader.

Floyd’s ministry as a local church pastor was one of commitment to evangelism, discipleship, prayer, and the advancement of the Gospel to America and around the world. He has also been a leader in advancing racial unity in America and championing spiritual awakening across the nation.

During his 32-year ministry in Northwest Arkansas, the church baptized more than 25,500 people. In 2001, First Baptist Church of Springdale became a multi-campus ministry with the beginning of The Church at Pinnacle Hills. In 2010, the church changed its name to Cross Church and expanded to three campuses in Northwest Arkansas.

In 2011, Cross Church opened the Compassion Center, a ministry that helps with physical needs and teaches life skills. The church committed itself to planting churches regionally, nationally, and internationally and also launched Shiloh Christian School, with more than one thousand students from PreK4 through 12th grade; and Cross Church School of Ministry, a one-year residential ministry experience where students can earn college or seminary credit through academic partnerships with numerous Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries. The School of Ministry prepares leaders for life, ministry, and gospel advancement globally and has more than 140 graduates who have moved into full-time ministry.

Upon completion of his ministry as Senior Pastor of Cross Church, Floyd was named Pastor Emeritus by the church.

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