About the CBA
The Connecticut Baptist Association is a voluntary collection of like-minded, gospel-centered, autonomous Baptist churches in and nearby Connecticut, focused on the health and vibrancy of the local church and bringing a faithful gospel presence in every community in Connecticut. We are a diverse, multi-ethnic association of churches, ever seeking to improve our love for one another and our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Director of Ministry
Steve Thiel graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY with a Masters of Divinity in June of 2011. He and his family moved to Williston, VT in order to participate and complete the residency program of The NETS Center for Church Planting and Revitalization. Two years later, the Thiels relocated to the capital region of CT in order to plant Christ Proclamation Church, which launched on October 5, 2014 and has grown over the past few years to two campuses and multiple services. Steve has a passion for the gospel, that the Word of God might spread rapidly and be glorified. Therefore, he has a unique love for local pastors, church planting, and revitalizing struggling churches. Steve's deepest desire is that pastors and churches would be thriving in Connecticut. On the personal level, he is married to his wife Linda and has four wonderful kids: Gabriela, Samuel, Juliana, and Jeremiah. Steve grew up in Wisconsin, is happy to be called a “Cheese Head” and is a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers, even when they’re not playing very well. He also enjoys playing basketball, reading Christian biographies, drinking coffee, working on home projects and spending time with his family.
Markes Wilson received his Bachelors's degree in Business Communication from Cedarville University and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Markes currently works as a healthcare and non-profit consultant through his own business. Markes and his wife Julie were married in Burlington, Vermont, spent over a decade in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire / Vermont, and moved to CT in 2015 to continue being helpful to new and young churches. Markes is passionate about seeing the Kingdom grow in New England through the faithful and clear presentation of the gospel through the local church.
Markes and Julie have 3 children, Ada, Evie, and Elliott. Markes loves being at home with his family, loves his work, and enjoys reading, teaching, and being active.