State Evangelism Conference to be held in Bonifay

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 04:08 PM.

Keynote speakers slated for the Central Florida meeting in Daytona will be Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, who will speak on Monday night; and Bobby Welch, associate executive director/church growth of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who will speak on Tuesday night.

Burton said he was “thrilled” to have Patterson and Welch encourage Florida Baptists. “Dr. Patterson is such a gifted teacher who has a heart for the Word and evangelism. Dr. Welch is on fire for the gospel and has demonstrated that in local churches and in the SBC.”

They will be joined by Tim Maynard, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention and pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville; and Nick Garland, pastor of First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Mike Landry, pastor of Sarasota Baptist Church, will preach Tuesday morning.

The Panhandle conference in Bonifay will feature Garland; John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; and Craig Conner, pastor of First Baptist Church in Panama City on Thursday night. The Friday night session will offer Sullivan, Maynard and Herb Reavis, pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Also on the program is Robert Bradow with Cross Heir Outfitters, a non-denominational Christian ministry reaching outdoorsmen with the Good News through sportsman banquets, beast feast and outdoor expos.

“From the reports I have received, pastors who are serving in the Panhandle region—many who are ministering in small and rural communities--are excited to see an evangelism conference with discussions and speakers geared to their unique setting,” Burton said.

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