Annual Homecoming 2018

SBC of Virginia Annual Homecoming 2018

Annual Homecoming brings our fellowship of more than 720 churches together to celebrate all that God is doing in and through us. Join us as we recognize our collective impact and cooperative partnership to boldly share the Gospel to the nations.

They are not alone!

Three Days of Stories and Celebration


5:15PM – 8:30PM


8:30AM – 8:45PM


8:30AM – 12:30PM



Please register for Annual Homecoming 2018 by clicking below!



David Platt


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 RadicalRadical TogetherFollow Me, and Counter Culture.

Fred Luter


Senior Pastor
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.

Danny Akin


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.

Ben Gutierrez


Professor, School of Divinity
Liberty University

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.

Eric Thomas


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.

Brian Autry


Executive Director
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.


Click below to find all Annual Homecoming 2018 videos, including special invitations from our speakers!



Disaster Relief
What to do When Disaster Happens to You

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.

Church Planting
Church Planting Partnerships

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!

Men’s Ministry
Discipling Men: Force Multiplier

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.

Pathways to Missions
Leading Your Church on Mission in the Ever-Changing Global Landscape

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.

Pathways to Missions
Pathway to Missions Roundtable Discussion

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.

Great Commission
Building a Culture of Missions

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.

Children’s Ministry
Teaching Missions to Children

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.

Children’s Ministry
Including Every Child in Your Children’s Ministry

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.

Hispanic Ministry & Leadership

Speaker: Edgar Aponte

Women’s Ministry
Ministering to Women in Crisis

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.

Women’s Ministry
Dealing with Personal Crisis in Ministry

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.

Six Identities of an Effective Student Pastor

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.

Legal Hotspots

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.

Church Security
What to do Before it Happens

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.

Church Security
Crisis Planning

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.

Discipleship/Small Group/Sunday School
Developing a Sunday School/Small Group Strategy or Culture in Your Church

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.

Crisis Communication
Helping Churches Deal with Crisis

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.

Bless Every Home (The Strategy) – Prayer, Care, Share, and Disciple to Win Your Neighbors to Christ

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.

Bless Every Home (The Tools) – Prayer, Care, Share, and Disciple to Win Your Neighbors to Christ

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.

Does My Church Need Revitalization?

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.


Please register for Annual Homecoming 2018 by clicking below!


Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn

3101 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666


Childcare available

Up to 4 years of age during general sessions (pre-registration required).

Interpreted for the Deaf

General sessions and select breakouts will be interpreted for the Deaf.

Homecoming meals included!

Thanks to generous giving from sponsors and your gifts through the Cooperative Program, meals are provided free to messengers and guests! (Registration is required.)


Bless Portsmouth: A Crossover Event

Bless Portsmouth: A Crossover Event
November 10, 2018

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.


Christmas Backpacks for Appalachian Children and International Church Plants

Christmas Backpacks for Appalachian Children and International Church Plants
September – October 2018

Give the gift of the Gospel this Christmas! Christmas Backpacks is a mission project for your church. Join other churches as we distribute backpacks to families in need in Appalachia and Virginia.



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