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- 22nd Annual -

July 26 - 29, 2015

What Jesus Wants For His Church   by: Harris Malcom
We Will Remember   by: Dr. Tom Rush
Mire Warfare   by: Bryan Alexander
God Restores Failures   by: Dr. Gerald Harris
God's Plan For Our Future   by: Don Hattaway
How To Bounce Back   by: Tommy Fountain, Sr.

Michael R. Griffin, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Dr. Tom Rush

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Pastor Tom Rush was raised in East Point, Georgia, and educated in the Fulton County school system. He was saved in 1963 at the First Baptist Church of East Point. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. in Industrial Management, in 1977, and was the recipient of a Naval ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy, where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer.

After his initial military service he graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, with a Master of Divinity degree, in 1985, and then graduated from Immanuel Baptist Seminary, Sharpsburg, GA, with a Doctor of Ministry degree, in 1992. He has served as a Southern Baptist Pastor for over 32 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. The highlight of his military service came when he was privileged to serve with Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He currently serves as Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Social Circle, GA. Committed to evangelism and missions Pastor Rush has been privileged to baptize over 1,200 individuals through his pastoral and chaplaincy ministries. He has led numerous mission trips across the nation and to Brazil. He has preached in over 100 Bible Conferences and revivals across the country.

Dr. Rush has served in numerous denominational positions at the local, state and national level. He recently served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention, was Chairman of the Administration Committee and served as Third Vice President of the convention. He has served as a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions, Tellers, and Credentials Committees, and as a Trustee of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a Trustee of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as Chairman of the Board of The Great Exchange, an evangelistic outreach ministry working on college campuses throughout the Southeast. He has been married for 37 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.

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.


Don Hattaway

Don Hattaway
Dr. Don Hattaway is the Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Cartersville, Georgia, a congregation of over 3,000 members. His sermons are aired on a weekly television broadcast titled “Real Peace Today” in various cities in Georgia and Tennessee. He holds degrees from Brewton-Parker College (Bachelor of Music Education) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry). He is a former Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention and has served as a parliamentarian for the GBC. He has also been the Chairman of Trustees for Brewton-Parker College and the Chairman of the Board for the Christian Index, the oldest Christian publication in America. 

Presently, Dr. Hattaway serves as the President of the Georgia Baptist Convention and a member of the Board of Trustees for Shorter University. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he enjoys speaking at various revivals, conferences, seminars, and churches throughout the year.   Pastor Hattaway has been preaching the gospel for 30 years, and stands firm on teaching the inerrant and infallible Word of God. He is a true believer that God’s Word changes lives. His ministry seeks to encourage and teach Christians in their daily walk with God, and lead others to experience saving faith in Jesus Christ.    Dr. Hattaway has been married to his wife, Sonia, for 20 years and they have 3 wonderful children, Nathan, 18, Daniel, 16, and Anna Lane, 14.


Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander
Bryan Alexander has been the pastor of the Sweetwater Baptist Church in Douglasville GA for the past 22 years. Currently serving as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention. He is married to Cheryl Alexander and they have 2 daughters, one of which serves with her husband as company missionaries for our beloved denomination.


Harris Malcom

Harris Malcom
Dr. Harris Malcom serves as a Regional State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention assigned to Middle Georgia. He and his wife Phyllis are parents of three daughters (Shauna, Natalie and Katie) and have been married for 41 years.

Shauna is married to Ben. Ben pastors Epic Church in San Francisco which they planted in 2010. Natalie lives in Louisville, Ky. A graduate of Southern Seminary, she is a former IMB Journeyman to St. Petersburg Russia. She is a teacher and coach. Katie is a former school teacher and sings on the Praise Team at Passion City Church, Atlanta GA. She is married to Matthew (a computer programmer in Atlanta).

The Malcom’s have seven grandchildren.

Dr. Malcom served three churches as pastor over a 26 year period, as well as several interims.

While members of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA they were cast in the parts of John and Cheryl Holt in Sherwood Pictures Motion Picture, “Fireproof.”

Thy now make their home in Monroe, GA and are members of Faith Baptist Church.