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- 24th Annual -

July 23 - 26, 2017

Occupy Until I Come   by: Dr. Tom Rush
Giants   by: Buck Burch
A Mount Carmel Moment   by: John Yarbrough
The Rapture and the Return of Christ   by: Dr. Gerald Harris
Call Unto Me   by: Dr. Gerald Harris
Why I Have Security in Christ Jesus   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.


Buck Burch

Buck Burch
After being called to pastor for several years in middle Georgia, Buck Burch served with the International Mission Board as missions strategist for church planting teams in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia (1998-2011). Since then he has served as State Missionary with the Cooperative Program & Stewardship division of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in Atlanta. He also has concurrently served as interim Senior Pastor at First Baptist Ellijay (2015-16) and interim Missions Pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker (2012-13).

Originally from Eastman, GA, and now living in Loganville, Buck completed his undergraduate degree in English at Liberty University and later received graduate degrees in theology and organizational leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Regis University.

He and his wife Leslie have three children: Ashlyn (in graduate school at University of Alabama, Birmingham), Amielle (Senior at Georgia College & State University), and Luke (11th grade). Leslie has been an elementary school teacher in Dekalb and Walton Counties.


John Yarbrough

John Yarbrough
John Yarbrough was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in 1966 and has pastored churches since 1972 including Tabernacle Baptist Church of Cartersville, Georgia and First Baptist Church of Perry, Georgia. He served as Vice-President for Evangelism at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1997 – 2006.

John has been recognized as a leader at every level of his denomination and convention including chairing the committee that restructured the Southern Baptist Convention in 1997, serving as President of the Georgia Baptist Convention and serving on the executive committees of Baptist Associations, the State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. His service on denominational, city, civic and community committees/boards over the past 50 years are too numerous to list.

His passion to see people follow Jesus Christ has allowed him to teach or preached in major conferences in 48 states, 7 seminaries, 6 college and 7 countries. His love for the local church is evident in the more than 800 churches where he has spoken.

He leads conferences for churches, associations, conventions, ministries and small businesses on leadership, planning and structure. He preaches in churches, conferences and crusades biblically based messages on evangelism, spiritual awakening, the Christian life and church vs culture issues.

John and his wife Diana live in Cleveland, Ga. The couple has two grown married children and four grandchildren.