Pastor / Teacher
McLean Bible Church, Vienna
David Platt is the teaching pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia. He previously served as president of the International Mission Board. David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, followed by master’s degrees of divinity and theology and a doctorate of philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
Fred Luter, Jr. has served as senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana for the last 32 years. He was the first African American elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Luter has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 32 years, and they have two children and one grandson.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Daniel L. Akin is president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a professor of preaching and theology. He received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Akin is passionate for a Great Commission resurgence in North America and around the world. He and his wife, Charlotte, have traveled the world, to serve students and missionaries and help share the Gospel.
Professor, School of Divinity
Dr. Ben Gutierrez is the Professor of Divinity at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. During his more than 20 years of local church ministry experience, he served in many leadership positions in the Midwest and East Coast. Gutierrez has written or edited over one dozen books with some translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 21 years, and they have two daughters.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Norfolk
President, SBC of Virginia
Dr. Thomas has been the pastor of First Norfolk since 2003. He is husband to Eydie and father to four daughters. He has a passion for preaching God’s Word and helping those who are far from God find new life in Christ.
SBC of Virginia
Dr. Brian Autry is the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (SBC of Virginia). He previously started Parkway Baptist Church in Moseley, Virginia in 2002 and served as senior pastor. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Melissa, Mark, and Jenna.
Speakers: Mark Gauthier, Brad Childres, and Tim Grandstaff
When disaster strikes your community, how do you and our church respond? This panel discussion will tackle what worked well during the Virginia tornadoes and the pitfalls to avoid.
Speakers: SBC of Virginia Church Planting Team
Come learn proven partnering church methods that have resulted in planting healthy new churches that are making a difference in their community with the Gospel. These methods can assist your church in creating a plan that is mutually beneficial for your church plant and for your church as well!
Speaker: Mike Young
The spiritual health of men directly impacts marriages, families, and churches. Every aspect of Kingdom ministry, in and through your church, will improve as you disciple men. Learn how to develop and deploy a strategic plan to help your men walk faithfully with Jesus and lead well.
Speaker: Terry Sharp
Senior pastors, mission pastors, and mission leaders are invited to learn how your church plays a vital role in the changing landscape of global missions and how the old and the new work together to reach the world for Christ. Join in discussion and group activities to help take your church to the next step on mission.
Speaker: Terry Sharp
The landscape of global missions has undergone tremendous change, but the opportunities for you and your church are limitless. No matter what your job, career, or current stage of life is, you can be used on the mission field. Come join us for a roundtable discussion of how you can send and be sent to the nations through Limitless Pathways.
Speaker: Danny Akin
The Great Commission was the final marching orders of Jesus. That commission should be the priority of the Church until Christ comes again.
Speaker: Kelly Little
Help your kids grow in their love for the nations and lead them to discover their role in God’s global mission with these practical tips and easy-to-use resources. We all have a part to play in sharing the Gospel with people here and all over the world.
Speaker: Kelly Cahoon
A healthy children’s ministry is key to a growing church, but are we doing all we can to include ALL of the little children in our churches? Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 9:14). What can your church do to start a special needs ministry and how will it look in the local church? Can you imagine the impact we could make if we all reach out to the special needs families in our communities? We can show families who have children with special needs they are not alone.
Speaker: Edgar Aponte
Speaker: Micah Maddox
Trauma strikes when we least expect it. Learn to effectively encourage, guide, and support the women you lead whether you are in crisis or they are. We need each other.
Speaker: Eydie Thomas
Ministry brings heart shaking moments and gut-wrenching struggles. But in the midst of the storms that rage, we can discover that God is enough.
Speaker: Ben Trueblood
As a student pastor or ministry leader you are forced to step into many different identities as you lead. In this breakout you will discover the six that truly matter, how they impact your role right now, and how to develop the ones that are lagging behind.
Speaker: Glenn Reynolds, Senior Partner, Reynolds Law Group, PLLC.
Annual review of church litigation issues, including incorporation, board governance issues, and other issues facing churches in today’s world.
Speaker: Cindy Kozerow
While churches strategize to share the Gospel, minister to others, many do not consider the necessity of implementing a strategy for safety. This presentation will highlight target hardening measures to increase security, limit access and liability, and provide safety tips to reduce the opportunity for crime.
Speaker: Cindy Kozerow
Addressing important considerations for crisis management planning, such as developing a safety team, allowing conceal carry firearms in the church, and an active shooter incident. These tips will help you develop the necessary plans to protect your congregations.
Speaker: Dan Cook
It is not enough for your church to provide resources and tools for Sunday School and Small Groups, you need a Sunday School/Small Group culture. Learn how you can strategically make Sunday School and Small groups a vital part of your church’s DNA.
Speaker: Brandon Pickett
None of us want to experience a crisis in our church or ministry. In fact, it’s something we try not to think about. But the best time to plan for a crisis is not when it hits – but before it hits. In this session we will learn important strategies that will help you and your team to be prepared with both an external and internal communication plan.
Speakers: Chris and Karen Cooper
Learn how to equip church members to be lights in their community. By utilizing the latest demographic tools and interactive website, you can be prompted on a daily basis to pray for, care for, share with and disciple families in your neighborhood.
Speakers: David Wheeler
Learn how to equip church members to be lights in their community. By utilizing the latest demographic tools and interactive website, you can be prompted on a daily basis to pray for, care for, share with and disciple families in your neighborhood. Also, discover tools that will help you reach them in all four areas.
Speaker: Rusty Small
How is my church involved in Revitalization? Can my church have the heart for helping revitalize another church? Learn practical ways churches can begin a revitalization initiative. Hear testimony from pastors who are taking their churches through this journey.
Up to 4 years of age during general sessions (pre-registration required).
General sessions and select breakouts will be interpreted for the Deaf.
Thanks to generous giving from sponsors and your gifts through the Cooperative Program, meals are provided free to messengers and guests! (Registration is required.)
An opportunity for you and your church to meet tangible needs and share the Good News in the city of Portsmouth alongside the SBC of Virginia family and area partners.