Union Baptist to host conference

Union Baptist to host conference
March 15
09:08 2018

Union Baptist Church, at 1200 N. Trade Street in Winston-Salem, in partnership with United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, will hold the Renew Church Leaders and Laity Conference on March 20-22.

Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr., conference host, says that the fundamental purpose of the Renew Conference is “to provide an opportunity for ministers, church leaders, and laymen to convene for worship, inspiration, information, and vision, that is intended to impact the life of the church.”

Special guests include: Award winning actress Karen Abercrombie, from the movie “War Room,” and Grammy nominated Bishop Cortez Vaughn.

Classes and workshops include clergy homiletics, leadership development, church security, domestic violence, political landscape, opioid crisis, relationships, financial development and many other relevant ministry topics.

Full conference registration is $65.  Daily registration is $25.  For information and to register for the conference, visit the website: or call the church office (336) 724-9305.

Karen Abercrombie is a Parents’ Choice Award winning storyteller, singer-songwriter and a motivational speaker. She recently received the Movieguide Grace Award for her performance in the Kendrick Brothers film “War Room.” Karen played the spicy, 80-year-old prayer warrior, Miss Clara, in the film.

In 2017, Bishop Cortez Vaughn was nominated for a Grammy for Best Performance and Song of the Year for “You Deserve It.” Bishop Vaughn co-wrote and co-leads the song with JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise.  The song has spent 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Digital Song Sales chart, 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart.

This conference is designed to reach leaders and laity from various denominations, which ultimately enhances relationships among the universal church. This conference is comprised of worship experiences, plenary sessions, seminar workshops, a luncheon and fellowship opportunities.

Conference speakers include:

*Dr. Harold Hudson is vice president for enrollment and associate dean for Doctoral Studies of the United Theological Seminary and is the opening speaker on Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m.

*Dr. M. Keith McDaniel is a 2008 graduate of United Theological Seminary and the pastor of the 1,500 membership Macedonia Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C. He will speak on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

*Dr. E. Dewey Smith is the senior pastor/teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta and, Macon, Georgia, with a membership roll of more than 15,000. Dr. Smith will speak on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

*Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founder and senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.  Dr. Hale is the devotional preacher on Thursday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m.

*Dr. Kent Millard is president of the United Theological Seminary, and will be speaking at the Alumni Luncheon on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

*Dr. Rudolph McKissick is senior pastor of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He will speak on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Conference sponsors and supporters are Union Baptist Church, dFree Global Foundation, Prudential Insurance Company, Compassion International, Lincoln Financial Group and Injoy Stewardship Solutions.

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