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PADUCAH, Ky. (10/16/13) – Nathan Joyce, senior pastor of Heartland Worship Center in Paducah, is the opening speaker for the 2013 Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference, Nov. 11, at Lone Oak First Baptist Church. The event begins at 2 p.m., CST.

Joyce was called to pastor Heartland Worship Center in 2007. He is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn.; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Revived to Touch Our World and Impact Eternity” and focuses on 2 Chronicles 7:14 which records the words of God that if “My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
Also preaching at this year’s conference:
•Curtis Woods, associate executive director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Woods is a graduate of Dallas (Texas) Theological Seminary and a doctoral student at Southern Seminary in Louisville. Previously, Woods served as Baptist campus minister to Kentucky State University in Frankfort. He has been selected to preach the convention sermon for the 2014 KBC Annual Meeting in Bowling Green.
•Adam Dooley, senior pastor, Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Mobile, Ala. Dooley is a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville and Southern Seminary. From 2002-2006 he was senior pastor of Red House Baptist Church in Richmond. He has served at Dauphin Way Baptist since 2010.
•Charles Carter, interim pastor, First Baptist Church of Birmingham, Ala. A native of Birmingham, Carter is pastor emeritus of Shades Mountain Baptist Church where he served for 26 years. He is a graduate of Southern Seminary and of Samford University, where he currently serves as a faculty member at Beeson Divinity School. He served two terms as president of the Alabama State Convention.
•Bryant Wright, senior pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., and 2010-2012 president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Wright has served at Johnson Ferry since 1981 when it launched as a mission church. He is the founder of “Right from the Heart Ministries” and has authored five books including One Minute of Your Time, Seeds of Turmoil, and Right from the Heart. He is a graduate of University of South Carolina and Southern Seminary.
•O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, and former pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas; and First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hawkins began serving as president and CEO of GuideStone in 1997. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; Southwestern Seminary, also in Fort Worth; and Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Ga. He served First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale for 15 years before accepting the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Dallas in 1993.
Bo Warren, worship pastor for Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, will lead worship for the conference.
Wesley Noss, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Versailles, is serving as president of this year’s pastors’ conference. During the event, members will select a new president-elect who will preside over the 2015 conference.
This year’s president-elect, Steve Hill, pastor of New Horizon Baptist Fellowship in Glendale, will preside over the 2014 conference, Nov. 10, at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
The Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference is a free event and precedes the 2013 KBC Annual Meeting Nov. 12, also held at Lone Oak First Baptist, 3601 Lone Oak Rd., Paducah.
Child care is available for the conference and the KBC Annual Meeting for $10 per child per day or a maximum of $25 per family per day. Registration is required at by Nov. 4. Children should be picked up during meal times. Please let KBC know in advance if your child has special needs. For details, call (502) 489-3390 or 1-866-489-3390 (toll-free in Kentucky).
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.
For more information, visit the KBC website at, find “Kentucky Baptist Convention” on Facebook or follow “kentuckybaptist” on Twitter.

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