PLAINVIEW - Joel Gregory, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas and Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and Chris Seay, pastor of Ecclesia in Houston, will headline the 83 rd Annual Panhandle Pastors' and Laymen's Conference slated for Feb. 23-24 at Wayland Baptist University.
Gregory will lead the Bible study portion of the two-day conference, with a focus on restoration and reconciliation. Seay will bring the messages, with an emphasis on bridging the generations in the modern church.
An active speaker, Gregory is the author of Too Great a Temptation and currently owns and publishes Chili Pepper Magazine in Fort Worth. During the late 1970s and 80s, Gregory was a regular part of the Pastors' and Laymen's Conference, leading the Bible study for 13 years consecutively.
A noted speaker on the postmodern movement in churches, Seay is the author of The Tao of Enron , The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Spirituality and Faith in The Matrix . Seay will also be leading a special lunch session for pastors on Monday at 11 a.m.
"It is our hope that those who attend this conference would receive both inspiration and information and would be encouraged to return home better equipped to do ministry for the Lord," said Charles Davenport, pastor of First Baptist Church, Tulia and conference president.
Special music will be provided by Kristi Kinsey Brown, a music evangelist based in Lakeland, Fla. Brown will also be leading a special lunch session for ladies on Monday at 11 a.m.
A special session for Hispanic pastors and laymen will be held on Monday evening at 6 p.m. in Brown Chapel on the Wayland campus. Al Guajardo, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, will give the message.
Another highlight of the conference will be messages by D.L. Lowrie, a retired pastor from Lubbock, and his three sons: John, who pastors in Abernathy; Steve, who pastors in Dalhart; and David, who pastors in Canyon. Area directors of missions will be helping with the program as well. Robert Black, assistant professor of music at Wayland, is coordinating the congregational singing for the event.
Registration for the conference begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, with two lunch sessions beginning at 11 a.m. and the major conference session beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Other sessions are scheduled for Monday evening at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday evening at 6:15 p.m. A special luncheon for area directors of missions and associates is planned for Tuesday at noon.
The conference is free and open to the public. The lunch sessions are provided by Wayland, with reservations due by Feb. 20. Interested persons may contact Micheal Summers, director of church services at WBU, to RSVP at 806-291-1165.
The event is sponsored by the following Baptist associations and areas: Amarillo Area, Caprock-Plains Area, Lubbock Area, Mitchell-Scurry association, Permian association, Red Fork association, South Plains association and Top O'Texas association. Other conference officers are Jackie Gestes, pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church of Lubbock, president-elect, and Charles Bassett, vice president emeritus of Wayland, secretary-treasurer.