Speakers

Adam Dooley

Adam Dooley

Pastor, Sunnyvale First Baptist

After pastoring churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama, Dr. Adam Dooley moved to the Dallas metroplex in 2014 in order to serve Sunnyvale First Baptist Church. In addition to his pastoral duties, he also teaches adjunctly at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In May of 2015, Pastor Adam launched the Dooley Noted Radio broadcast in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His published works include chapters in numerous books as well as a forthcoming commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles in the Christ-Centered Exposition series.

As a native Kentuckian, Dr. Dooley received his Bachelor of Arts from Clear Creak Bible College in 1999, as well as his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 2002 and 2006 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2003, he married the former Heather Renee Oney.  They have three sons, Carson, Brady, and Jacob, as well as a daughter on way.

From 2011 to 2014, the Dooley family faced their greatest trial as their oldest son Carson battled leukemia. These difficulties deepened long held convictions and increased their daily dependence upon the Lord.  Today, Carson is cancer free and God is using his story to encourage those who are hurting. By wedding the timeless truths of Scripture with the lessons of personal experience, Pastor Adam offers fresh insight that can lead to hope and contentment despite adversity.

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Al Mohler

Al Mohler

President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. All of these can be accessed through Dr. Mohler’s website, www.AlbertMohler.com. Called “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large” by The Chicago Tribune, Dr. Mohler’s mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview.

Widely sought as a columnist and commentator, Dr. Mohler has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution and The Dallas Morning News. He has also appeared on such national news programs as CNN’s “Larry King Live,” NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline NBC,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.

Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. He came to the presidency of Southern Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the Southern Baptist Convention.

A native of Lakeland, Fla., Dr. Mohler was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He holds a master of divinity degree and the doctor of philosophy (in systematic and historical theology) from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology and has done research at University of Oxford (England).

Dr. Mohler also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary. His writings have been published throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to contributing to a number of collected volumes, he is the author of several books, including Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth (Multnomah); Desire & Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance (Multnomah); Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists (Crossway); He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World (Moody); The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness (Multnomah); and Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments (Moody). From 1985 to 1993, he served as associate editor of Preaching, a journal for evangelical preachers, and is currently editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

A leader within the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Mohler has served in several offices including a term as Chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions, which is responsible for the denomination’s official statements on moral and doctrinal issues. He also served on the seven-person Program and Structure Study Committee, which recommended the 1995 restructuring of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. In 2000, Dr. Mohler served on a blue-ribbon panel that made recommendations to the Southern Baptist Convention for revisions to the Baptist Faith and Message, the statement of faith most widely held among Southern Baptists. Most recently, he served on the Great Commission Task Force, a denominational committee that studied the effectiveness of SBC efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. He currently serves as chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Council of Seminary Presidents.

Dr. Mohler has presented lectures or addresses at institutions including Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Wheaton College, Samford University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Richmond, Mercer University, Cedarville University, Beeson Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, The Master’s Seminary, Geneva College, Biola University, Covenant Theological Seminary, The Cumberland School of Law, The Regent University School of Law, Grove City College, Vanderbilt University and the historic Chautauqua Institution, among many others.

Dr. Mohler is listed in Who’s Who in America and other biographical reference works and serves on the boards of several organizations including Focus on the Family. He is a member of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition.

He is married to Mary, and they have two children, Katie and Christopher.

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Bruce Ware

Bruce Ware

Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Ware is a highly esteemed theologian and author in the evangelical world. Prior to serving as a Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, Dr. Ware served as chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to this, he taught at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary. Ware has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews and, along with Thomas Schreiner, co-edited  Still Sovereign. He also has authored God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism;  God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian FaithFather, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ.

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David Allen

David Allen

Dean of the School of Preaching, Southwestern Theological Seminary

David Allen serves as the Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In addition, he is a Professor of Preaching and the Director of the Center for Expository Preaching. Dr. Allen’s research and writing has focused primarily in the area of Biblical Studies and Preaching. In addition to numerous journal articles and essays, he is the author of Hebrews in the New American Commentary series and Lukan Authorship of Hebrews in the NAC Studies in Bible &Theology series. He also co-edited and contributed chapters to Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of CalvinsismText-Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon, and The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective. He is currently working on 1-3 John in the, Preaching the Word series published by Crossway, which will consist of a series of expository sermons on the Johannine letters. Dr. Allen’s current research interests revolve around the theological issue of the extent of the atonement and its impact on preaching, evangelism and missions, as exampled in his chapter “Preaching for a Great Commission Resurgence” in Great Commission Resurgence, published by B&H. Dr. Allen has served as a senior pastor of two churches for 21 years, as well as several interim pastorates. He leads preaching workshops locally in the Forth Worth, Texas area, as well as at the Associational and State Convention level within the SBC, and is a frequent speaker at Church Bible Conferences, and Pastors’ Conferences around the country.  He and his wife Sherri, of 31 years, have four children- Jeremy, Jared, Melody, Kali, and one grandson. The Allen’s reside in Irving, Texas.

Sessions

  1. Text-Driven Preaching


    "Text-Driven Preaching: Why and How?"



    What is the difference between a sermon that is text-centered and one that is text-driven? This seminar will define text- driven preaching as a sermon that develops a text by explaining, illustrating, and applying its meaning. Text-driven preaching stays true to the substance of the text, the structure of the text, and the spirit of the text.

     


  2. Text-Driven Preaching


    "Text-Driven Preaching: Why and How?"



    What is the difference between a sermon that is text-centered and one that is text-driven? This seminar will define text- driven preaching as a sermon that develops a text by explaining, illustrating, and applying its meaning. Text-driven preaching stays true to the substance of the text, the structure of the text, and the spirit of the text.

     


  3. Text-Driven Preaching


    "Text-Driven Preaching: Why and How?"



    What is the difference between a sermon that is text-centered and one that is text-driven? This seminar will define text- driven preaching as a sermon that develops a text by explaining, illustrating, and applying its meaning. Text-driven preaching stays true to the substance of the text, the structure of the text, and the spirit of the text.

     


  4. Text-Driven Preaching


    "Text-Driven Preaching: Why and How?"



    What is the difference between a sermon that is text-centered and one that is text-driven? This seminar will define text- driven preaching as a sermon that develops a text by explaining, illustrating, and applying its meaning. Text-driven preaching stays true to the substance of the text, the structure of the text, and the spirit of the text.

     


Erwin Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer

Pastor of Moody Bible Church

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor of The Moody Church since 1980, was born and reared near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Lutzer is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, a celebrated international conference speaker, and the featured speaker on three radio programs: The Moody Church Hour, Songs in the Night, and Running to Win. These programs are available on the Moody Broadcasting Network, the Bible Broadcasting Network, Trans World Radio and many Christian radio stations around the world. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and are the parents of three married children.

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Gregg Matte

Gregg Matte

Senior Pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church

Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Under his leadership, this historic church founded in 1841 has moved to the cutting edge of ministry and experienced tremendous growth, including the addition of four campuses in the greater Houston area.

Before coming to Houston in 2004, Gregg founded Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University - the largest college Bible study in the nation. What started with 12 participants in his apartment grew to a weekly gathering of more than 4,000 students each Tuesday night under his leadership. He continues to serve on Breakaway's Board of Directors.

Gregg is the author of Finding God’s Will (2010), I AM Changes Who i Am (2012), andUnstoppable Gospel (2015). He has also written Bible study guides The Highest Education: Becoming a Godly Man and Birds and Bees: A Conversation about God, Sex, and Sexuality.

Gregg holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2011, Gregg received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He was the first pastor to receive the honor in the history of the award.

Gregg married Kelly in 1997 and together they have a son and a daughter, Greyson (2001) and Valerie (2008).

 

 

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H.B. Charles Jr.

H.B. Charles Jr.

Pastor of Shiloh Church

H.B. Charles Jr. was born on February 11, 1973 in Los Angeles, California to Dr. H.B. Charles Sr. and Mrs. Ellen L. Charles. He made a personal profession of faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, and was baptized, at the age of six. At the age of eleven, H.B. began his public ministry at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, under the watchful eyes of his father and the other pastoral leaders of the congregation. Many and diverse speaking opportunities, both within and beyond MSMBC, helped H.B. to rapidly and progressively develop in preaching and teaching. Likewise, these years of assisting his father and ministering to his fellow young people trained H.B. in fundamental aspects of spiritual leadership.

In June of 1989, the Lord called Dr. Charles Sr. from labor to refreshment, leaving a personal and ministerial void in H.B.’s life. But the Lord used this dramatic time to further H.B.’s growth in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. And on November 5, 1990, MSMBC ended a year-long pastoral search by selecting H.B. to succeed his father. At the time, H.B. was a seventeen-year-old senior at Los Angeles High School. After graduating from high school, H.B. studied at a small Bible college in Anaheim, California that provided the opportunity for him to further his education while serving MSMBC. But he was only able to complete a couple of semesters of study before his increasing pastoral responsibilities necessitated his full attention. However, this short time of formal study introduced H.B. to expository preaching. And he has since been a growing and faithful student of Bible exposition.

Over the course of Dr. Charles’ pastorate, his love for God’s Word, the church, and lost people was obvious to both the membership of MSMBC and the larger church community. This resulted in Pastor Charles balancing his pastoral responsibilities with speaking engagements in revivals, conferences, and other church events around the Greater Los Angeles area and across the country. This included denominational service on the local, state, and national levels. On December 12, 1998, H.B. married his best friend, the former Crystal Moreland. They are the proud parents of H.B. Charles III, Natalie Marie, and Hailey Breanne.

In 2002, Dr. Charles was invited to contribute a chapter to the John Knox/Westminster Press publication, Power in the Pulpit, edited by Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue. H.B. continues to seek further education to help fulfill his prayerful desire to write and teach alongside of his calling to pastoral ministry.

On July 30, 2008, Shiloh Church (www.smbcjax.com) of Jacksonville, Florida, ended an eight month search for a pastor when the church unanimously called him as pastor.  He prayerfully accepted God’s call to be the next shepherd to lead Shiloh.

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Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

Executive Pastor of Discipleship and Community Life / Associate Pastor FBC JAX

Dr. Lambert served as a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College and as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. He has taught courses in biblical counseling since 2006, joining the faculty after serving several years in pastoral ministry at churches in Kentucky and North Carolina.  Dr. Lambert’s passion is to equip church leaders to be Christ-exalting ministers of the Word of God, fostering in his students a zeal to preach God’s Word, counsel God’s Word, and live God’s Word.

Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries.  He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. In January 2016, he joined the staff at FBC JAX as an Associate Pastor and Executive Pastor of Discipleship and Community Life.

He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams(Crossway), Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace(Zondervan), and the editor (with Stuart Scott) of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture (B&H).

Dr. Lambert is honored to live with his four favorite people in the world: his wife, Lauren, and their three children, Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

 

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J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear

Pastor of the Summit Church

J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013). Two main things characterize The Summit Church: its gospel focus and sending culture. The gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity, it's also the pool itself. Joy, reckless generosity, and audacious faith all come by learning more about God's extravagant love found in Christ. 

God has blessed the Summit Church with tremendous growth. Under J.D.'s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of more than 7,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for several years running. 

J.D. has also led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last ten years, the church has sent out more than 300 people to serve on church planting teams, both domestically and internationally. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived serving among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ. 

He and his beautiful wife Veronica live in Raleigh, NC and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.

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Jerry Vines

Jerry Vines

Preacher & President of Jerry Vines Ministries

Dr. Jerry Vines is a native of Carrollton, Georgia. He was educated at Mercer University (B.A.), New Orleans Theological Seminary (B.D.), and Luther Rice Seminary, (Th.D.).

He was elected President of the Alabama Pastors' Conference in 1976, President of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference for 1976 -1977. He also served two terms as President of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1988 - 1989.

Dr. Vines accepted the call to be pastor at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, in July 1982 and retired from the pastorate in February of 2006.

Dr. Vines' interests include Alabama football. It's a year-round passion! He also enjoys spending his free time in the Smoky Mountains with his family, especially his grandchildren! While there, it is a tradition for him to frequent The Old Mill restaurant for breakfast in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

He and his wife, Janet, have four children: two daughters, Joy and Jodi, and two sons, Jim and Jon. He and Mrs. Vines also have seven grandchildren: Brittney, Ashlyn, Jay, Caroline, Catherine, Jack and Carson.

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John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Teaching Pastor at Venture Church

John S. Dickerson is a prize-winning journalist, a recognized voice in American Christianity, and bestselling author of the books "The Great Evangelical Recession" and "I Am Strong: Finding God's Peace and Strength in Life's Darkest Moments." 

A Millennial with Biblical convictions and cultural awareness, John is an in-demand conference speaker and has been featured on national TV. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among others. In 2009 Tom Brokaw, Charles Gibson (ABC News) and Anna Quindlen (Newsweek) named his investigative reporting the best in the nation (Livingston Award for Young Journalists).

As a pastor, John has guided individuals and communities through grief and loss. He presently serves as Teaching Pastor in Residence at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA, where he lives with his wife and children.

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John Perkins

John Perkins

Co-founder and President of John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper. He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal.

Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.

Today, Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.

Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Dr. Perkins is an author and international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development. For his tireless work, he received honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor University, North Park College, and Belhaven College. In 2006, he was named distinguished visiting professor at Seattle Pacific University.

He is the author of nine books including A Quiet Revolution, Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice For All, Beyond Charity, He’s My Brother, Resurrecting Hope, and A Time to Heal. He has written numerous chapters in other books. John Perkins formally served on the board of directors of World Vision, Prison Fellowship, National Association of Evangelicals, Spring Arbor University, as well as 15 other boards.

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John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Senior Adult Pastor at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

Prior to being the Senior Adult Pastor at FBC JAX, Dr. Sullivan was the executive director-treasurer for the State Board of Missions, Florida Baptist Convention and served as staff to each of the convention’s boards and commissions. In addition, he was responsible for the entire employed staff, program and budget planning, and special emphasis planning. John Sullivan led the convention to establish three priorities to which all activities are directed: evangelism, starting new churches and developing existing churches.

Active in state convention and associational service, his positions have included membership on the executive boards of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention and the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He has served as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and evangelism chairman of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association.

Southern Baptist Convention service has included the Executive Committee, SBC, 1980-88; member, National Task Force on Planned Growth and Giving, 1983-88; member, Peace Committee, SBC, 1986-88; first vice president, SBC, 1982-84; Parliamentarian, SBC, 1986-1996; chairman, SBC Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, 1994; and Chairman, SBC Resolutions Committee, 1997.

In great demand as a speaker, Dr. Sullivan has preached during evangelism conferences, state conventions and statewide meetings of at least 30 state conventions.

 

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Johnny Hunt

Johnny Hunt

Pastor of FBC Woodstock

Johnny Hunt has served as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia since 1986. In addition to his role at Woodstock, he also served as President of the SBC Pastor’s conference in 1996 and was formerly the President of the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms. Dr. Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Gardner-Webb College, a Master of Divinity degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as two honorary doctorates, one from lmmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary of Sharpsburg, Georgia, and another from Covington Theological Seminary. He is the author of Building Your Spiritual Resume: Developing A Testimony That Will Outlast You (3H Publishers, 2005), Building Your Leadership Resume: Developing The Legacy That Will Outlast You (B&H, 2009), and several others.

During his tenure at FBC Woodstock, the church has grown from an average of 275 in Sunday School to over 5800 today. They currently average over 7000 in weekly worship attendance.

Johnny Hunt is truly a pastor’s pastor. He has been married to Janet for 38 years; they have two daughters Deanna and Hollie and four grandchildren. Throughout his decades in ministry, he has served as a model of ministry zeal and evangelistic fervor.

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JR Vassar

JR Vassar

Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross, TX

JR Vassar is Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas. From 2005-2013 he served as the Founding and Lead Pastor of Apostles Church in New York City. He and his wife Ginger have three children. His book, Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel and our Quest for More, is will be available in January 2015.

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Junior Hill

Junior Hill

Evangelist

Junior Hill began his ministry at age nineteen and served as a pastor for eleven years in Alabama and Mississippi before entering vocational evangelism in 1967 as a full- time Southern Baptist evangelist.

A native of Hartselle, Alabama, he received his BS degree from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.  He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also been awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Covington Seminary in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.

He has served as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in 1995 was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus Of The Year by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has conducted over 1700 revivals and numerous foreign crusades.  In addition he is a frequent speaker at pastors’ meetings, evangelism conferences, seminaries and state conventions across the country. 

He and his wife, Carole, are the parents of two children, Mark and Melanie, and the grandparents of five grandchildren.

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Mac Brunson

Mac Brunson

Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL

Pastor Mac Brunson has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, since 2006. He holds degrees from Furman University (B.A.) and Southwestern Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), and has pastored churches in South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. A native of Greenwood, SC, Pastor Brunson is married to his childhood sweetheart, Debbie. They are blessed with three children (Courtney, Trey, and Wills) and five grandchildren (Broc, Asa, Audrey, Bear, and Cole).

Pastor Brunson is a gifted and faithful teacher whose messages combine sound, Biblical preaching and practical, candid application. His extensive historical knowledge provides context, insight, and understanding as he encourages his listeners to join him in becoming a student of God’s Word.

A well-known speaker and experienced minister, Mac was appointed president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor's Conference in 2003. He is heard on numerous radio and television stations around the world weekly.  He has authored numerous books including his Guidebook for Pastors.

Committed to missions and ministry, Pastor Brunson has led FBC Jacksonville to continue its support of pastors through the annual Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference, increase financial support of missions and missionaries around the world, educate students through the First Baptist Academy of Jacksonville, and serve the community through special projects and a satellite campus in St. John’s County.

Beloved for his candor and sincerity, Pastor Brunson claims the truth of Jeremiah 29:11. “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

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Steve Gaines

Steve Gaines

Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church and President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Steve Gaines serves as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN and the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. Steve is married to Donna Gaines and they have four children.

Pastor Gaines has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including "Share Jesus Like It Matters" and "Pray Like It Matters/Intimacy and Power Through Prayer."

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