Dr. Earl Jessup
General Director, Baptist Church Planting Ministry
Dr. Jessup graduated from Piedmont Bible College in 1972 with a ThB. and from Northland Baptist Bible College in 1993 with a MMin. He was honored with a D.D. from FaithWay Baptist College in 1992 for his work in church planting in Canada.
Dr. Jessup is from Beckley, West Virginia and was saved at the age of seven at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He surrendered to the call to preach at 14. His wife, Beth, is from Sumter, South Carolina and was also saved at seven. The Jessups have five children, of whom four are married, and twelve grandchildren. Dr. Jessup and his wife returned to Canada to live in 2001. They live in Barrie, Ontario and are members of Heritage Baptist Church where Dr. LeRoy Pennell is the pastor. Heritage Baptist Church is the home church for Baptist Church Planting Ministry Canada.
His ministry grew to the place where he could no longer effectively pastor the church and start churches. He chose to resign and expand his ministry in church planting. In August of 1993, Dr. Jessup founded Baptist Church Planting Ministry and is currently the General Director. This United States office is based in Apple Valley, Minnesota and is a ministry out of First Baptist Church in Rosemount. BCPM is a ministry to help local churches reproduce local churches. Since August 1993, over one hundred thirty churches have been reproduced. He is now helping other churches do what he did.