A mixture of in-state pastors and national Southern Baptist preachers make up the list of speakers for the 2016 Pastors’ Conference, Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Mark Walters serves as president of the Pastor’s Conference and emphasized how the conference’s theme relates to the speakers’ messages
“We have a lineup of pastors who are going to be preaching the theme ‘Get Him Up,’ out of John 12:32, ‘If I be lifted up, I will draw men unto me,’” said Walters who is pastor of Nicoma Park, First. “We’ll be challenging other pastors to make sure their preaching is in the centrality of Jesus Christ, the cross, His resurrection—all the aspects of His life.”
This year’s speakers include J. Kie Bowman who has served as senior pastor of Austin, Texas, Hyde Park for more than 20 years. Longtime Oklahoma pastor Ted Kersh, whose most recent pastorate was at Tulsa, South Tulsa, now leads Equipped by His Word ministry and will bring a mentoring message for pastors.
Ed Litton, pastor of Redempton Church in North Mobile, Ala., and Herb Reavis, Jr., pastor of Jacksonville, Fla., North Jacksonville, are two well-known Southern Baptist preachers who, Walters said, will offer powerful messages to Oklahoma pastors.
Rusty McMullen, pastor of Sayre, First; Justin Sampler, pastor of Inola, First; and Walter A. Wilson, pastor of Lawton, Friendship, are established leaders among Oklahoma Baptists and will make their first appearances speaking at the Pastors’ Conference.
“It should be a good time to get renewed and to be challenged,” Walters said. “We’ve got some young pastors. We’ve got some seasoned pastors. We’ve got pastors from our state and some of the great preachers in the Southern Baptist Convention coming in. It should be a great day of worship and challenge.”
The Pastors’ Conference also will observe special times of prayer, led by Walters and other Pastors’ Conference officers, including Keith Wiginton, president-elect and pastor of Claremore, First; and Lance Whaley, second vice president and pastor of Erick, First.
Don Scott, associate pastor of worship and music, Nicoma Park, First, will lead the Pastor’s Conference in worship through music. The Pastor’s Conference will conclude with an election of officers for 2017.