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- 19th Annual -

July 22 - 25, 2012

Abel - A Faith That Speaks   by: Michael R. Griffin, Sr.
Have You Forgotten?   by: Bill Sturm
A Sovereign And His Crown   by: Dr. Luther Price
The Benefits Of Obeying God's Call   by: Bill Sturm
The Greatest Standing Ovation Ever   by: Tommy Fountain, Sr.
What It Will Take To Bring Revival   by: Ray Newman
Sacrificing Unto The Lord A Corrupt Thing   by: Dr. Tom Rush
All This And Heaven Too   by: Dr. Gerald Harris
How To Jump Higher And Run Faster   by: Dr. John Waters
Levels Of Living In The Christian Life   by: Dr. Luther Price

Michael R. Griffin, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Michael R. Griffin, Sr.

Rev. Michael R. Griffin, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church. A native of Thomasville, GA and a graduate of Baptist Bible Institute (now Baptist College of Florida) in Graceville, FL, Pastor Griffin began his ministry in Hartwell, GA in November, 1992. In November of 1997 the Lord led Pastor Griffin and a core body of believers to establish a new work known as Liberty Baptist Church, believing that "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!"


Bill Sturm

Bro. Bill serves on staff at Morningside Baptist Church, Valdosta, GA as a staff evangelist. He served 8 years in the pastorate and 36 years in fulltime evangelism. He is also the author of the book "Salvation: Real or Counterfeit." Bro. Bill is a frequent preacher at Liberty, calling us his "second home." Bro. Bill is married to Martha Sturm.


Dr. Tom Rush

Dr. Tom Rush is an itinerant Evangelist with TREAD Ministries (Tom Rush Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries) in Monroe, Georgia. He is a native of East Point, Georgia, and a graduate of Georgia Tech (BSIM); Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv); and Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin).

He has served as a Southern Baptist Pastor for over 35 years, serving churches in North Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, and Georgia. During that time Pastor Rush also served as Reserve Chaplain in the Navy and Air Force, retiring from the Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. He is the author of Your Reasonable Service: Understanding Your Motivation for Ministry, WestBow Press, 2017

Dr. Rush has served in numerous denominational positions at the local, state and national level, including the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. He is President of the 2017 Georgia Baptist Preaching Conference and is currently a Trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married for 39 years to Victoria, a Registered Nurse, and they have three sons and nine grandchildren.


Dr. Luther Price

Dr. Luther Price was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was saved and called to preach at the age of 23. For 50 years Dr. Price has served as a pastor and evangelist, and he is currently the Senior Pastor at Bishop Branch Baptist Church in Central, SC. He is the President of "HIS" Ministries and Dean of the Upstate South Carolina Extension of Covington Theological Seminary.


Dr. Gerald Harris

Gerald Harris has served as editor of The Christian Index since May 2003. Prior to joining the staff he served for nine years as pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta. Harris came to Georgia in 1990 as pastor of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church in Norcross, where he served for four years. He has served as pastor in North and South Carolina, and Mississippi. He is a native of Hickory, N.C.

Harris is well known to Georgia Baptists as a pastor and denominational leader. He served as president of the state convention in 1999 and has been an active member on a variety of committees, including the GBC Executive Committee, Administrative Committee, and chairman of the Nominating Committee. He is a trustee of Mercer University.

On the national level he has served on the SBC Executive Committee and on the Resolutions Committee, as well as on the board of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources).

Harris has written for a variety of denominational publications, including devotions for Open Windows and HomeLife magazines. He has also authored two books, Pardoned to be Priests and Olympic Heroes: World-Class Athletes Winning at Life. He has a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary.

He and his wife, the former Martha Jean Maxwell of Newnan, are parents of a daughter, Miriam, who is married to Billy Godwin, pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church of Douglasville; and twin sons John Mark and Gerald David.


Tommy Fountain, Sr.

Tommy Fountain, Sr. has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Monroe, GA since August 2013.

The Lord placed a great burden upon Tommy's life at the age of 19 for soul winning. As a staff member for five years, the Lord cultivated that desire by giving him many opportunities to win a lot of students for Christ.

As a pastor for 24 years, he has averaged 65 baptisms each year. He has been the pastor of four churches that has seen significant growth in evangelism. His preaching is evangelistic, expository, enthusiastic and conservative to the core. He has been a leader in evangelism in the Georgia Baptist Convention, the Alabama Baptist State Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention. His heart's desire is to preach with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and with such simplicity men and women, and boys and girls will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.


Dr. John Waters

Dr. John Waters
Dr. John Waters became the pastor of FBC Statesboro in April 2005, returning to the role of local church pastor after having served as a college administrator for six years. He and his wife, Cynthia, describe themselves as being “hopelessly in love with Statesboro” and the people of First Baptist Church. They are the parents of two daughters, Trisha and Bethany.

The life verse for Dr. Waters comes from the words of Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt 22:37).” As pastor of FBC Statesboro, Dr. Waters regularly exhibits his unique ability to embrace and love the diverse families and people that comprise the congregation. His wholehearted love for God is shown daily through his winsome personality, his relevant and biblical preaching, and his commitment to lead First Baptist Church.

Before coming to FBC Statesboro, Dr. Waters was a vice president at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He began preaching at age 19 and has pastored churches in Dublin, GA, Patillo, TX, Bethune, SC, Perry, GA, and Sylvania, GA.


Ray Newman

Ray Newman has worn many hats. He is the pastor of Macedonia Community Baptist Church in Braselton.

Newman was featured in a front-page story of The Christian Index, which told how he has served as the Georgia Baptists’ public policy advocate for almost nine years.

Newman, who also writes a weekly column for the Barrow County News, “From Where I Stand,” has spent his years at the State Capitol doing everything from discussing legislation to praying with elected officials. He is also one of the Pastor’s Pen columnists for The Paper.