Who We Are

Effective churches working together reproducing a living faith in Christ.

An Association is a body of Southern Baptist churches connected or joined in a relationship of mutual encouragement, support, and accountability. This connection is voluntary and the Association exerts no authority over the local church. The Salt Lake Baptist Association, which was organized in 1955, is composed of 40 local, autonomous, Southern Baptist churches located in three counties in Northern Utah. These churches have chosen to associate themselves together for the work of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We are an ethnically diverse Association being made up of churches of eight different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 


Our Values

As an Association of Churches, we Value:

  • Love for one another

  • Proclamation of the Gospel

  • Investment in leaders

  • Dependence upon God

  • Investment in communities

Our Vision

We see a day when our communities are filled with disciples who worship the One True God and our Savior Jesus.


Our Mission

To cooperate in strengthening churches to make disciples.


Meet the Team


Ron Clement, Executive Director (ron.clement@slba.org)

For 38 years Ron has served as youth pastor, pastor, church planter, Team Leader for Prayer and Evangelism on the Colorado Baptist General Convention state staff and now Executive Director for Salt Lake Baptist Association. He came to the Association in January 2016 with a strong belief that God is calling him to this very strategic area. He brings experience as a consultant, coach, confidant, trainer, networker, and resource person to churches and ministers in virtually every area of church life. He has a love and a passion to be an encourager to churches and pastors.

Diane joins him in that ministry heart, desiring to be an encourager and supporter to pastors’ wives. Diane also serves as Ministry Assistant to the Salt Lake Baptist Association. (diane.clement@slba.org)



Mike Pless, Moderator




Rafael Gutierrez, President of SLBA Hispanic Pastors Fellowship

Pastor Rafael is pastor of Iglesia Buatista Pan de Vida.  He has taught classes for Utah School of Theology, as well as with the UISBC Hispanic Seminary program.  Rafael has served in various offices and committees with the Salt Lake Baptist Association.  He is bi-lingual and is of great assistance in the Salt Lake Baptist Association being able to offer support to the Hispanic churches of our area.