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- 21st Annual -

July 27 - 30, 2014

The Identity of Jesus   by: Dr. J. Robert White
Cripples in the Church   by: Dr. Tom Rush
The Bottom Line: Prayer   by: Dr. Gerald Harris
The Cause of Complacency   by: Dr. Wayne Robertson
Knowing the Fundamentals   by: Dr. Wayne Robertson
You Don't Want to Go There   by: Tommy Fountain, Sr.

Michael R. Griffin, Sr.
Senior Pastor


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. 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. J. Robert White

Dr. J. Robert White has served as the executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention since January 1993. The Convention, with more than 1.3 million members, is the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. White came to the GBC from First Baptist Church of Paducah, Kentucky where he served as pastor for eleven years. His earlier ministry includes pastoral leadership of churches in Alabama, Indiana, and Georgia.

A graduate of Samford University in Alabama, Dr. White received both his Master of Divinity and his Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a member of the honorary society Phi Kappa Phi.

A prolific writer, Dr. White has published several articles in the following magazines: Church Administration, Church Training, and The Baptist Program. He is the author of Healthy Kingdom Churches: Ten Qualities of Healthy Churches, published by Baxter Press in 2002, and Words of Life, a collection of his radio devotionals, published by Baxter Press in 2007. Dr. White also writes an article for each issue of The Christian Index.

Dr. White is married to Janice Gail Goodlet of Hialeah, Florida. They have three daughters, Kathy David, Karen Lillard, and Jennifer Millage, and nine grandchildren.


Dr. Wayne Robertson

Originally from Hartwell, Wayne Robertson has served as Pastor of Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA since October, 1985. He has previously served as Pastor of churches in Oklahoma and Georgia.

Brother Wayne and his wife Beth have two children, Miranda and Christi.