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Mitch Tabla

Mitchell Tabla has been serving the NWIBA as the part-time Associational Mission Strategist since March of 2021. He has a love for church revitalization and developing leaders.  He has a firm belief that our association is strongest when we cooperate together for Gospel Advance.  Mitchell married the love of his life, Kelly, in April of 2016. Mitchell is a graduate of Purdue University, receiving his first degree in the school of management. He also finished his studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in Biblical Studies. Beyond school, Mitchell's largest passion is ministry. He has served within the local church for years, leading in ministries such as Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Senior Adult Ministry, Various Bible Studies, Missions Coordinator, and Preaching God's Word. Outside of the church, Mitchell enjoys spending time with his wife, the performing arts, bowling, golf, and most of all, enjoying quality time with others.





Zelma was born and raised in Texas.  She attended grade school, middle school and high school in Natalia, TX and attended San Antonio College.  In the summer of 1969, the family planned a vacation to Hammond, IN to visit family.  Unbeknown to Zelma, her Dad had applied for a job transfer from Kelly Field Air Base in San Antonio to O’Hare Air Base and was granted a transfer and just like that, the family was uprooted and they became Hoosiers (Texans at heart).  Her father worked as a Federal Protective Officer till he retired. 

The family became members of Woodmar Baptist Church in Hammond where she met her husband, Jim and married in June of 1973.  Jim and Zelma have been married for 45 years and have 2 wonderful children, James Michael (Laura) and Elizabeth Ann (Rick) who are now married and have blessed them with 6 wonderful grandchildren.

Zelma is the Administrative Assistant for the Northwest Indiana Baptist Association.  She came to this position in October of 1999. She has had the privilege of serving four Directors of Mission: Bill Gibbs, Warren Haynes, 

Wes Rankin and Mitchell Tabla.  Zelma has served this association going on 20 years. 

 Zelma enjoys spending time with her grandbabies, Scrapbooking and enjoys spending time with her family, church family and friends. She and Jim are members of Eastlake Baptist Church in Crown Point, IN.


Without help from churches and our community the Northwest Indiana Baptist Association would cease to exist. With your love and support, we continue year after year to share the gospel in new places and create an impact bigger than ourselves.

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