GA BAPTIST PREACHING CONF 2017 AD for CIThe Georgia Baptist Preaching Conference has served as a great encouragement to Georgia Baptist Pastors and Churches for nearly 25 years.  The goal of the conference is to encourage and inspire pastors from across Georgia to continue the work of proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in order to reach the lost and disciple the saved.

This year our featured speakers are men devoted to the preaching of the Word and the encouragement of fellow pastors. They are Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; Mike Stone, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA, and Mike Griffin, Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, GA.  Worship will be led by Rhon Carter, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Statesboro, GA.  We also look forward to a testimony from a Georgia Baptist layman, Marvin Hudson, MLB Umpire from Washington, GA.

Ministry can be difficult.  We want this year’s conference to encourage you to press on for the Lord in your place of labor.  Your work in the Lord is not in vain!

Please join us on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 1-4:30 PM for this exciting gathering of Georgia Baptist preachers!

“My goal for this year’s Preaching Conference is for it to be a great encouragement to Georgia Baptist pastors, staff and churches.  Many of our pastors are laboring faithfully for the Lord, but in His providence they have not seen significant growth.  They have labored, loved, and trusted the Lord, but have seen little fruit. But little is much in the hands of the Lord! Pastor, as you serve the Lord be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,” and be encouraged “that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  I believe the preaching and worship time in this year’s conference will lift you up and give you greater courage and strength as you go back to labor in the field where God has called you.”



President of the Preaching Conference 2017 – Dr. Tom Rush, Staff Evangelist, TREAD Ministries, Liberty Baptist Church of Hartwell




Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens, GA; Pastor Dr. David Mills

Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, GA; Pastor Josh Saefkow

Grace Baptist Church, Monroe, GA; Pastor Tommy Fountain, Sr.

Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell, GA; Pastor Mike Griffin

New Liberty Baptist Church, Ringgold, GA; Pastor Danny Henson

Redeemer Church, Madison, GA; Pastor John Darsey


Al Mohler 2Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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, 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. 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.

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).

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


Mike StoneMike Stone

Mike Stone is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Blackshear, Georgia.  He originally came to Emmanuel in October of 1996 as minister of music and became pastor in June 2002.  He is a graduate of Valdosta State and has studied toward a Masters of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Brother Mike is one of the best young preachers in the Southern Baptist Convention and is well loved all across Georgia and the Southeast.

Brother Mike serves as chairman of the executive committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention.  He is also a member of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.  He is a frequent speaker at revivals and conferences across the southeast.  He lives in Blackshear with his wife, Andrea and their four children, Michaela, Andrew, Sarah and Matthew.

MikeGriffin2016_120x160Mike Griffin

Rev. Michael R. Griffin, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, in Hartwell, GA. A native of Thomasville, GA, and a graduate of Baptist Bible Institute (now Baptist College of Florida) in Graceville, FL, Pastor Griffin began his ministry in Hartwell in November, 1992. In November of 1997 the Lord led Pastor Griffin and a core body of believers to establish a new work known as Liberty Baptist Church, believing that “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!”

In addition to serving as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, Bro. Mike is the Public Affairs Representative of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.  He works tirelessly representing the concerns of all Georgia Baptists at the state Capitol in Atlanta.  He has also served as lobbyist for Georgia Right to Life.  He is the President of Ten Commandments Georgia.

Bro. Mike is an outstanding communicator of God’s Word and has a deep love for pastors.  He is a sought after preacher in Bible Conferences all over the Southeast.


Rhon CarterRhon Carter

Rhon Carter is well known and loved among Georgia Baptists.  He is the worship pastor at First Baptist Church, Statesboro, and has led the music in numerous state convention meetings and evangelism conferences.

Bro. Rhon grew up in the small town of Hoboken and was active in Hoboken Baptist Church. He was saved at age 12 and called to full time ministry during college.  Rhon has a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from Brewton-Parker College.


Marvin HudsonMarvin Hudson, MLB Umpire

Marvin Lee Hudson (born March 3, 1964) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire who began his career in the National League in 1999. He has officiated in the 2004 All-Star Game, six Division Series (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), the 2014 American League Championship Series, and the 2016 World Series. He wears uniform number 51.

Marvin is member of First Baptist Church, Washington, Georgia.  He helped start the Blue for Kids Foundation, which is now part of Umps Care.  He also is a leader with Calling for Christ, a group of Christian umpires.  Each year Marvin works with local High School Umpires in Georgia, teaching them the craft of umpiring and encouraging them to follow Christ.

Please pray for these Men of God as they prepare to encourage and inspire us at this year’s Georgia Baptist Preaching Conference!!! ….

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One comment

  1. Thanks for the information. The preaching schedule looks impressive. I’m sure these are all godly men who will do a great job at the conference. There is also a rich tradition of preaching within the African American, Asian and Hispanic churches within the Georgia Baptist. Was any thought put into diversifying the preachers to reflect a truer picture of Georgia Baptist?

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