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- 25th Annual -

July 22 - 25, 2018



10:45 AM Morning Service Dr. Tom Rush
06:00 PM Evening Service Brad Hughes

07:00 PM Evening Service Dr. Gerald Harris

07:00 PM Evening Service Mike Stone

12:00 PM * Luncheon Mike Stone
07:00 PM Evening Service Tommy Fountain, Sr.

* WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON ($5.00 per plate)
For reservations, please call the church office by Tuesday noon - (706) 376-0154

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.


Brad Hughes

Brad Hughes
Brad Hughes is a proud son of Early County in Southwest Georgia. After graduation from high school in Blakely, he graduated from the Baptist College of Florida with degrees in theology and church music. He completed the Master of Divinity degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brad’s career has been in both ministry and politics having served churches in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky. He served as an assistant to members of the Georgia House of Representatives and as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Brian Kemp. For the past 4 years, he served as Political Director of the Georgia Republican Party.

Prior to working at the State Party, Brad served as a county and district Republican Party chairman. His experience in the Party, running for office and working in local churches gives him a unique perspective on the intersection between political involvement and the Christian foundations of the American political process.

Currently, Brad is the President of ATH Consulting, Inc. and a cofounder of the Institute for Principled Government.


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.


Mike Stone

Mike Stone serves as the senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA. He originally came to Emmanuel in October of 1996 as minister of music and became the pastor in 2002. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University and is completing a Masters of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has served in various positions in the local Baptist association as well as in the Georgia Baptist and Southern Baptist Conventions. In 2017 he was elected President of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Pastor Mike lives in Blackshear with his wife Andrea, and their four children, Michaela, Andrew, Sarah and Matthew.


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.