Dr. Ron Baity
Dr. Ron Baity trusted Christ as Saviour as a teenager and has pastored for over 40 years.
Return America began in July 2006, out of the concern that Dr. Baity and several board members of the North Carolina Christian School Association had over the devaluization of our Judeo-Christian principles. Since its inception, God has greatly used Return America to unite citizens, churches, and other organizations who love their country and fear the future of America should she continue down her path. Among Return America’s many endeavors, Return America has recently played a major role in helping the North Carolina Marriage Amendment come out of the Senate to allow the people of North Carolina to vote for the protection of traditional marriage.
In addition to his position as president of Return America, Dr. Baity is the founder and pastor of Berean Baptist Church. He also serves on the board of the North Carolina Christian School Association and is a chaplain for the Winston-Salem Police Department.
In addition to preaching in many campmeetings, revivals and churches across North Carolina, as well as other speaking engagements across the state, Dr. Baity has also been interviewed by many media outlets, including local television stations, the national FOX News Network, FOX Radio, Moody Radio (Janet Parshall, “In the Market”), the New York Times, BBC, CBS News, and CNN concerning the stands he takes on Biblical issues. Dr. Baity was the recipient of the 2012 Watchman on the Wall Award from the Family Research Council.
Mr. Dwight Creech
Mr. Dwight Creech is a native of North Carolina, born into a farming family in Pine Level, North Carolina. He graduated from Pine Level High School in 1963 and went on to East Carolina University. In 1971, Mr. Creech graduated from East Carolina University with three degrees. He holds an A.B. degree in Philosophy, an A.B. degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Education.
Upon leaving school, he traveled extensively all over the United States and Europe, including Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, and England. Mr. Creech is an accomplished photographer and sculptor, and spent several weeks in Rome photographing and studying the works of Michaelangelo.
Upon returning to America, he was employed by the North Caorlina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Juveline Corrections Counselor. After 18 months in this position, he became principal of Calvary Christian School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where he currently serves.
In addition to being principal of Calvary Chrsitian School and vice president of Return America, Mr. Creech also serves on the board of the North Carolina Christian School Association.
Dr. Richard Callahan
Dr. Richard Callahan grew up in the Carolinas. Not long after turning to Christ as a teenager, he surrendered to serve in whatever ministry capacity the Lord would see fit. While studying for the ministry, he spent many summers working in Christian camps and on various foreign mission fields, willing to avail himself to every opportunity the Lord might use him in. Shortly after graduating from Bob Jones University, he came to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Archdale, North Carolina, in the late 1970s, with the intention to serve as youth pastor and teacher for a few years, gaining ministry experience working alongside his new father-in-law and pastor, Herb McPheron Sr. However, those few years have yet to end as it was not many years later that the Lord and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church called him to be the senior pastor. For over forty years, Pastor Callahan has shepherded the flock at Mt. Calvary.
Along with his wife, Pastor Callahan has faithfully served in nearly every ministry aspect through the years and has been honored with a Doctorate Degree from Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, North Carolina. Passionate about religious freedom and Christian education, Pastor Callahan serves in leadership positions with the North Carolina Christian School Association and the American Association of Christian Schools in addition to his position with Return America.
Mr. Donnie Oates
Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Pastor Oates was saved at the age of ten in a revival service at the church he now pastors, Vandalia Baptist Church.
Pastor Oates surrendered to God’s claim upon his life in 1968 while attending a secular university. He enrolled in Piedmont Bible College where he earned a B.A. in religious education.
His father, David Oates, was the founding pastor of Vandalia Baptist Church and it was when they started a Christian school ministry that Pastor Donnie was called to serve alongside his father; and later called to become senior pastor.
Pastor Oates has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1970. They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Dr. Joe Haas