Pastors' Conference to feature old-time, contemporary flair
October 24 2003 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Pastors' Conference to feature old-time, contemporary flair | Friday, Oct. 24, 2003
  • Al Gilbert, pastor of the host church;
  • William Cashion, who directs the International Mission Board's volunteer missions efforts;
  • H.B. London, vice president for ministry outreach and pastoral ministries for "Focus On The Family"; and
  • Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark.

    Michael Blackwell, president of Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, will be featured speaker at the Laity Conference, according to Colon Jackson, executive director of Mainstream Baptists of North Carolina.

    Ida Mae Hays, a former missionary who was recently called as pastor of Weldon Baptist Church in Weldon, will give her testimony. Other speakers include Ted and Frances York, who were missionaries to the Ivory Coast and Benin before being fired by the International Mission Board in May because they wouldn't affirm the 2000 version of the Baptist Faith and Message.

    Ted York was born and raised in Ramseur. Frances York was born and raised in Greensboro. Before going to the mission field, they served at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

    Kay Simpson, pastor of Westfield Baptist Church in Dunn, will sing at the conference.

    Jackson said the conference will be a time of "information and inspiration."

    Other meetings being held in conjunction with the BSC meeting, their times and places are:

  • N.C. Ministers Wives Conference, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m., Angell Room, Calvary Baptist Church;
  • Christian Educators of North Carolina, Nov. 10, 10 a.m., Ardmore Baptist Church;
  • N.C. Baptist Missionary Fellowship, Nov. 10, 11 a.m., Pilot Mountain Baptist Association Resource Center;
  • Associational Missionaries, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum;
  • Wake Forest University, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Knollwood Baptist Church;
  • Campbell University, Nov. 11, noon, Holiday Inn Select;
  • Mars Hill College Alumni, Nov. 11, 7 a.m., Holiday Inn Select;
  • Wingate University Alumni & Friends, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Coliseum Hotel;
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m., Golden Corral restaurant;
  • N.C. Baptist Historical Society, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., Pilot Mountain Association Resource Building
  • New Orleans Theological Seminary Alumni, Nov. 11, noon, Cactus Jack's restaurant;
  • Chowan College Dessert Reception, Nov. 11; 8:30 p.m., Winston Room, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

    Pastors' Conference to feature old-time, contemporary flair

    By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

    The annual N.C. State Pastors' Conference will feature an "old-time gospel" preacher and a new contemporary feel this year.

    Jerry Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., will be the final speaker at the conference on the afternoon of Nov. 10. The conference, which will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 9.Services on Nov. 10 start at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    The praise team from a contemporary church in Eden will lead music.

    The Pastors' Conference is one of several events coinciding with the Baptist State Convention (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 10-12.

    The Laity Conference, which has been held the last several years by Mainstream Baptists of North Carolina, will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at College Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

    Falwell, who is well known for his conservative political stands, started "The Old-Time Gospel Hour" as a television outreach of his church. He also serves as chancellor of Liberty University.

    A former staunch independent Baptist, Falwell joined the Southern Baptist Convention several years ago after the denomination had completed a decidedly conservative shift.

    Steve Griffith, pastor of Osborne Baptist Church in Eden and president of the pastors' conference, said he realizes that Falwell gets some "bad press politically." But Falwell was chosen because he encourages pastors, Griffith said.

    "I think he's just a pastor at heart," Griffith said.

    Charles Billingsley, former lead singer with the group Newsong, who has released six solo albums, will sing before Falwell preaches.

    The conference theme is, "That Their Hearts May be Encouraged" from Colossians 2:2. Griffith said he hopes the conference encourages pastors.

    "It just seems to be the more I talk to pastors the more they seem to be discouraged," he said. "Most are doing a great job."

    The praise team from Griffith's church will lead much of the music during the conference. He describes Osborne as "pretty much a full-blown contemporary church."

    "So many churches have gone to that style now, especially the younger guys," Griffith said. "We wanted to let them know there's a place for them at the Pastors' Conference."

    One of the conference speakers is pastor of a contemporary church, Griffith said. Perry Duggar is pastor of Brookwood Community Church in Greenville, S.C., one of the largest churches in that state. He will preach during the morning session on Nov. 10.

    Lord Song, a singing group with a Southern gospel flavor, will provide music in that service.

    Other speakers at the conference are:

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