About The 2015 SBC Pastors' Conference

You are invited to join us in Columbus, Ohio for this year’s SBC Pastors' Conference. We invite all pastors, families, church leaders, and SBC messengers and attenders to this year’s conference to kick-off the national SBC Convention. The Pastors' Conference is a free event. Plan now to attend, bring others with you and pray that God will use this gathering as a catalyst for renewal and spiritual awakening in the lives of church leaders across America.


The 2015 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference will be held at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, OH, along the east side of High Street. Visit the Experience Columbus Website for dinning, attractions and events in the Columbus area.


Mark your calendar! The 2015 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference will take place June 14th-15th, immediately followed by the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, June 16th-17th.

Hotels & Reservations

For a list of hotels around the Convention Center, rates and reservation options, visit the SBC Annual Meeting Website.

Greeting from Pastors' Conference President & Officers:

I hope you will join us this year for the SBC Pastors’ Conference in Ohio. The Pastors’ Conference is special. You can attend all kinds of leadership conferences. Some are inspirational and seek to inspire us, some are practical and seek to equip us, and some focus on the latest fad or trend in ministry. Most conferences come from a single vantage point or ministry philosophy.
The SBC Pastors’ Conference is unique. It is a time for leaders from across America to gather for the singular purpose of hearing God’s word preached from some of the most gifted preachers and leaders of our day. It crosses generational lines and stylistic lines and yet there is unity in our doctrinal commitments and our missional focus.

We have assembled a stellar lineup of leaders and speakers whom God is using and blessing. There will be passionate worship, great music, and inspiring stories. This will be the very time you need to refresh your soul and renew your walk with God and friendship with fellow leaders. I believe this is going to be a special convention and our Pastor’s Conference is going to set the stage for a true work of God.

Make your plans to join us this summer!

William Rice, President
2015 SBC Pastors’ Conference

Jeremy Westbrook, Vice-President
Lead Pastor, Living Hope Church – Marysville, OH

Drew Landry, Treasurer
Senior Pastor, Spotswood Baptist Church – Fredericksburg, VA


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Conference Schedule


June 14th | 6 p.m.

  • Dean Fulks
  • Russell Moore
  • Ted Traylor
  • Worship:
    Calvary Church Team


June 15th | 9 a.m.

  • Vance Pitman
  • Paul David Tripp
  • David Uth
  • Worship:
    Travis Cottrell


June 15th | 1:30 p.m.

  • Clint Pressley
  • H.B. Charles
  • Steve Gaines
  • Worship:
    Travis Cottrell


June 15th | 6:15 p.m.

  • J.D. Greear
  • James MacDonald
  • David Platt
  • Worship:
    Vertical Church Band

Special greeting by Dr. Ronnie Floyd, SBC President, during the Monday Night session.

Conference Speakers

We are excited about the fantastic group of leaders and speakers sharing at this year's conference.

DavidPlattDavid Platt

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Dr. David Platt was recently named President of the SBC International Mission Board. Prior to that, he pastored The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. David is the founder of Radical, a resource ministry, dedicated to serving the church by making disciples of all nations. He plans to continue his preaching ministry with a new podcast called Radical Together. He has authored several books, Radical-Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Radical Together-Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, and Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live.

JDGreearJ.D. Greear

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J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC that has been featured as one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for several years running. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013) and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) which was selected as one of Christianity Today’s 2013 leadership books of the year.

HBCharlesJrH.B. Charles, Jr.

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H.B. Charles, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. A third-generation pastor, H.B. made his profession of faith in Christ as Savior and Lord and was baptized at the age of six. H.B.’s preaching has been published in the 2008 edition of The African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that features African American preachers. He has also had the privilege of being a contributing author of several published works: Power in the Pulpit, edited by Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue (John Knox/Westminster Press), Secret Sex Wars, edited by Robert S. Scott, Sr. (Lift Every Voice), Oxford Sermons (Volume 3), edited by Joel C. Gregory (Hupomone Press) In May 2012, Moody Publishers released H.B.’s first book, It Happens After Prayer.

Ted Traylor

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Since 1990, Dr. Ted Traylor has been the pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. His weekly radio and television ministry, At the Heart of Things, reaches thousands of homes along the Gulf Coast and through weekly podcasts and streaming. Currently Dr. Traylor is proud to serve on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board for the University of Alabama.
Dr. Traylor is the author of three books: “The Eight Callings of God,” “A Compass, a Map and a Passport: God’s Provisions for Life’s Journey,” and “What Is a Southern Baptist? Key Denominational Distinctives.”

PaulTrippPaul David Tripp

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Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and is the author of Dangerous Calling. Paul ‘s vision is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life and he has written 15 books on Christian living. Paul travels around the world preaching and teaching and his driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world. With a pastor’s heart for pastors, he is also Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary and the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, under the auspices of the Association of Biblical Counselors.

ClintPressleyClint Pressley

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Clint Pressley serves as the Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. He is leading Hickory Grove through her three pillars of Exalting Christ, Making Disciples and Passing the Torch. Pastor Clint uses an expository preaching style and has a strong biblical study background. He is also currently serving as the Head Master of Hickory Grove Christian School. He is currently serving as the First Vice President of the SBC.

JamesMacDonaldJames MacDonald

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James MacDonald is the founder and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing churches in the Chicago area. He is heard on the Walk in the Word radio and television programs and his practical teaching is also accessed by thousands online. Harvest Bible Fellowship church-planting outreach was founded in 2002, has already planted more than 100 churches and aims to plant 1,000 churches across North America and around the world by 2020.

David Uth

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Dr. David Uth is currently the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida, where he has pastored for the past nine years. First Baptist Orlando has over 17,000 members and is broadcasted weekly on several different TV stations. He has had pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies and Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

RussellMooreRussell Moore

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Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Dr. Moore blogs frequently at his Moore to the Point website, and hosts a program called Questions & Ethics – a wide-ranging podcast in which Dr. Moore answers listener-generated questions on the difficult moral and ethical issues of the day. In addition, he is the author of several books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ.

VancePittmanVance Pitman

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Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, NV. He responded to God’s call to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000, as a church plant from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

DeanFulksDean Fulks

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Dean Fulks, a native Buckeye, currently serves as the Lead Pastor of LifePoint Church (a 10-year old SBC church plant on the north side of Columbus, OH). He also serves as the SEND City Coordinator for Columbus and the North American Mission Board.


SteveGainesSteve Gaines

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Steve Gaines serves as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. Steve has authored several books and most recently published his latest book, Pray Like it Matters as well as a musical worship CD.

Ronnie Floyd

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Dr. Floyd is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor of Cross Church, Springdale, AR. Dr. Floyd will give a special greeting as SBC President during the SBC Pastors’ Conference this year.

Worship Guests

Travis Cottrell

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For the last sixteen years Travis has served as worship leader at Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live conferences. He and his team have been grateful to minister in all 50 states and in several other countries as well. In addition to his writing, arranging, leading and singing, Travis has managed to carve out time to record several solo projects, including Found, Ring the Bells, the Dove award-winning Jesus Saves Live (his second Dove award, and one of his sixteen nominations) and When the Stars Burn Down, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Praise and Worship charts. He released his first book, Surprised By Worship: Discovering the Presence of God Where You Least Expect It (Zondervan) in the fall of 2010. Travis also serves as Worship Pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN.

Vertical Church Band


Vertical Church Band is a collection of people who play every week in places all over Chicagoland as part of Harvest Bible Chapel, a place that believes singing isn’t a warm-up for the sermon; singing is a warm-up for heaven. So the faces may change. The style may evolve. But the aim will stay the same. Vertical.

Stowe Mission


The SBC Pastors’ Conference has designated the Stowe Mission, an outreach of the Metro Columbus Baptist Association to inner city Columbus, as the recipient of our 2015 Pastors’ Conference offering. This incredible ministry is meeting physical and spiritual needs through gospel centered compassion and service. Watch this video and visit www.stowemission.org to find out more about this incredible ministry.

Our prayer is that we can raise the entire cost of our conference prior to the actual conference in June so that we give our offering away to the people of Columbus through the ministry of the Stowe Mission. In order to do that we need sponsors, churches, and individuals to support and give to the Pastors’ Conference in advance. If you or your church would like to help support the 2015 SBC Pastors’ Conference CLICK HERE to give online.


"He Must Increase" ~John 3:30

Big Thanks To Our Sponsors



Visiting Columbus

The City of Everyman

Columbus is an amazing city. It is the state capital of Ohio and the largest city in the state. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of 822,553. It will be a great convention city. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants nearby.  It is a strategic city culturally. In many ways Columbus is a kind of ground zero for America. Columbus has been called the city of everyman. When restaurants and other businesses want to test new products guess where they come? Columbus, Ohio. If it will work here, they reason, it will work across the country.

To better plan your trip to Columbus and take advantage of this beautiful city during this year's Pastors' Conference, visit www.experiencecolumbus.com for a list of restaurants, attractions, entertainment venues and events in the Columbus area.

Hotels & Accommodations

Make Your Reservation Today

There is a great number of hotels surrounding the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where this year's Pastors' Conference will take place. To take advantage of convention rates, make your reservation today. Visit the SBC Annual Meeting Website to review accommodation options and make a reservation.


To register for childcare (ages 6-12), go to www.thegiantcow.com/#!sbc2015pre/c1grq. Please be advised that age exceptions may be made for children ages 4 & 5 when attending with an older sibling. Preschool care for children birth to 5 years is available through the SBC Annual Meeting. Visit www.sbcannualmeeting.net for more information.

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