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  SC Baptist Pastors Will Keynote National Conference on Preaching


Pastors of three leading Upstate churches will fill key speaking roles at the twentieth annual National Conference on Preaching, May 9-11 at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The conference is sponsored by Preaching magazine and Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies, and the conference theme is “Preaching the Power of the Cross.”

Among the speakers at NCP 2011 will be Don Wilton, Senior Pastor of the host church; Mike Hamlet, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, North Spartanburg; and Paul Jimenez, who recently was called as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, SC.

“We are so excited to have these key SC Baptist leaders share their gifts at this year’s National Conference on Preaching,” said Michael Duduit, dean of the College of Christian Studies and founder and executive editor of Preaching Magazine. "This is the first time this national event has ever been held in South Carolina, and we are anxious to have many SC Baptist pastors take advantage of this opportunity.”

In addition to the three Upstate pastors, speakers for the conference will include James Emery White, Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC; Ralph Douglas West, The Church Without Walls in Houston, TX; Tullian Tchividjian, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Robert Smith, Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL; Rob Wilton, Vintage Church in New Orleans, LA; Will Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Mike Milton, Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC; and Bryan Carter, Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.

Several Anderson University faculty will also be speaking or leading workshops, including Duduit, Kristopher Barnett (Associate Dean of the Clamp Graduate School of Christian Ministry), and Charles Fuller (Assistant Professor of Christian Studies).

In addition to theme-related talks and sermons, more than a dozen workshops will also be offered on a variety of preaching-related topics. A simultaneous series of sessions for ministry wives will be held, led by Karyn Wilton and a team of leaders.

Registration is $195 for pastors and leaders from SC Baptist churches, and $100 for spouses and additional participants from the same church. Full time seminary and college students may register for $75. There are also special discounts for church planters; call the conference office for information.

To register or for more information, visit, or contact Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies at 864.328.1809.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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