2019 Missouri Baptist Pastor’s Conference
The 2019 Missouri Baptist Pastor’s Conference is Oct. 28 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO. Join other Missouri Baptists in worship and hear from an exciting and helpful lineup of speakers.
Elected in 2012, Dr. Jason K. Allen serves as fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and is one of the youngest presidents in American higher education. Since coming to Midwestern Seminary, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America.
In addition to his role as president, Allen serves the institution in the classroom, as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry. More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries as well. He is the author of two recently-released books, The SBC & the 21st Century and Discerning Your Call to Ministry. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, “Preaching & Preachers,” also found at jasonkallen.com.
Before coming to Midwestern, Allen served as a pastor, and as a senior administrator at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.
Cedric Dale Hoard
Cedric Dale Hoard’s vision is of a world where people have discovered their true and purposeful identity. By doing so, he hopes individuals are able to move from pain to healing and utilize the gifts God has given them.
As a mental health therapist, Hoard uses poetry and speaking to connect with others, to help them fulfill their authentic identity and reach their true potential.
Hoard discovered his God-given gift for poetry while taking a speech class in college. He is thankful for the opportunities God has given him to travel throughout the United States and perform in the community, on college campuses, in churches, youth groups, and schools.
He shared poetry at the 2013 premiere of True Voices – Chicago, and he shared at Rhetoric, the world’s largest annual spoken word poetry event, founded by Passion for Christ Movement. He also has performed alongside poets from Def Jam Poetry.
Poetry is his passion, but empowering others and offering individuals the hope he received from Christ is his ultimate goal.
Others. That singular focus summarizes the last 29 years of contagious passion that “Pastor Johnny” has imparted to First Baptist Church Woodstock and the countless lives across the globe his preaching and shepherding have touched. While the church has experienced significant growth under his leadership, it is growth of the person, not the platform, that continues to energize a ministry that sees its best days ahead.
Foremost among the “others” he lives for are his wife of 45 years, Janet Allen Hunt; his two daughters, Deanna Carswell and Hollie Hixson; and his four grandchildren, Katie, Carson, Hope and Addie.
Before coming to the Woodstock, Hunt served at Lavonia Baptist Church in Mooresboro, N.C., Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and his home church, Longleaf Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C.
Hunt’s educational credits include a B.A. in Religion from Gardner-Webb College, where he was voted “Ministerial Student of the Year” in 1979. He continued onto Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1981.
Southeastern honored Hunt in 1997 by naming The Chair of Biblical Preaching in his honor. He also has received several honorary Doctorates over the years for his work in ministry.
Jimmy Scroggins is the lead pastor of Family Church, where he has served since 2008. Under his leadership, Family Church has launched 11 campuses – eight in English, two in Spanish, and one in Portuguese. Scroggins is passionate about reaching the millions of South Floridians who have yet to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus.
Scroggins is the coauthor of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and hosts the “Church for the Rest of Us” podcast at familychurchnetwork.com. He is the Chairman of the Board at LifeWay Christian Resources and a member of the Board of Trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Scroggins also teaches as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. He and his wife, Kristin, have eight children.
Chris Williams joined the staff of Fellowship Greenwood in 2014. His ministry has tested and tried the restored church paradigm and philosophy. Over the last four years, the church has averaged 20-percent annual growth.
Williams’ desire is to pass on what others have done for him in terms of encouraging and equipping. Hence, this year’s conference is a culmination of others’ investment in him. The pastors’ conference is dedicated to encouraging and equipping pastors in building a restored church that lives for the good of its community, the glory of Christ, and the salvation of all.
Williams has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Trinity Bible College; a Master of Science degree in Christian Studies, and a Masters of Divinity degree, both from Calvary Theological Seminary; and is a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is the husband to Kate, and the father of five boys.