Missouri Baptist Pastors’ Conference

The 2023 Missouri Baptist Pastors’ Conference is Oct. 23 at Crossway Baptist Church, beginning at 8:00 AM. Join other Missouri Baptists in worship and hear from an exciting and helpful lineup of speakers.

Conference Speakers

Matt Carter

Matt Carter is vice president of mobilization for the North American Mission Board’s Send Network, the largest church-planting network in North America. He also was founding pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. During his tenure at The Stone, the church sent over 300 full-time missionaries to unreached people groups around the world.

Carter also is a council member of The Gospel Coalition and co-author of several books, including For the City, The Real Win, and Steal Away Home.

He holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Marcus Hayes

Marcus Hayes is lead pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church, The Woodlands, Texas, and serves as president of Moody’s Alumni Association board. After graduating from Moody, Hayes earned an M.A. degree in theological studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hayes is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School. He and his wife, Mandy, have three daughters: Sarai, Amaya, and Naomi.

Phil Hopper

Phil Hopper has served as pastor of Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit, Mo., since 2000. Starting as a small church of about 100 people, Abundant Life has grown to an average weekend attendance of 4,500.

Prior to entering the ministry, Hopper was a police officer and sergeant with the Kansas City Police Department, where he also served as a SWAT team member. It was through his experience as a police officer that God uniquely prepared him for ministry.

Hopper and his wife, Christa, have three children: Jake, Makay, and Joshua.

Nate Larkin

Nate Larkin, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, is a popular speaker and the author of an inspirational book for men, Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood.

Joby Martin

Joby Martin is the founder and lead pastor of The Church of Eleven22 in Jacksonville, Fla. Since launching the church in 2012, he has led a movement for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In addition to providing The Church of Eleven22 with vision and leadership, Martin is an author, and a national and international preacher and teacher.

He has been married to his wife, Gretchen, for more than 20 years, and they have a son, JP, and a daughter, Reagan.

Noah Oldham

Noah Oldham is lead pastor of August Gate Church in St. Louis, a church he planted in 2009. He also serves as senior director of Culture and Care for the North American Mission Board’s Send Network.

Oldham holds master’s degrees in biblical studies and Christian leadership and is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. He writes, speaks, and trains in the areas of two of his greatest passions: preaching and physical fitness. Noah and his wife, Heather, have been married since 2005 and have five children.