Pastors Conference to be packed with encouragement from start to finish, Watkins says

By Grace Thornton
The Alabama Baptist

Daven Watkins has a lot to say about this year’s Pastors Conference, but one of his main points is this — you don’t want to miss a single second.

Be refreshed

“I want to encourage every pastor to carve out the time to come Nov. 12 and be refreshed and encouraged,” said Watkins, Pastors Conference president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Pelham. “Right from the beginning of the morning, we’ll be starting strong with Dr. Robert Smith, and all day long you’ll hear from dear brothers who love the Lord, love preaching and are gifted at what they do.”

The conference, set for Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Trussville, will feature Smith, Christian preaching professor at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, and seven other men who will bring messages on the topic “Preaching Christ.”

“I wanted to try to put together a conference that is beneficial to pastors and one that would be very inspiring, encouraging and helpful,” Watkins said. “I was thinking through the idea of preaching Christ — in every text our goal as a preacher is to preach Christ and Him crucified.”


During the day, speakers will walk through eight genres of Scripture from the Pentateuch to the Psalms, then through the New Testament concluding with the Book of Revelation.

“Each one who is preaching is going to give us an example of what preaching Christ in that genre looks like,” Watkins said.

  • Smith will kick off the conference with “Preaching Christ in the Pentateuch.”
  • Kevin Hamm, pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church, will preach Christ in the Psalms.
  • Nathan Daniels, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Andalusia, will preach about Christ from the prophets.
  • Reginald Calvert, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Bessemer, will preach from the Gospels.
  • Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School, will preach Christ through the parables.
  • Tom Richter, pastor of First Baptist Church, Cullman, will preach from Acts.
  • Hershael York, professor of preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, will preach Christ in the epistles.
  • H.B. Charles, pastor-teacher of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, will preach Christ from Revelation.

Also during the day, Brett Fuller, worship pastor at First, Pelham, will lead worship, and a combined choir from churches in the Birmingham metro area will lead the evening session.


“All of us need to get away from time to time to get rejuvenated and recharged,” Watkins said. “This will be a place to hear some phenomenal preaching of the gospel and walk away motivated to say, ‘Yes, this is what I do and why I do what I do.’”


Pastors Conference schedule

Morning Session — 9 a.m. to noon

9:30 a.m. Message: Robert Smith
10:25 a.m. Message: Kevin Hamm
11:20 a.m. Message: Nathan Daniels

Afternoon Session — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1:35 p.m. Election of Officers
1:55 p.m. Message: Reginald Calvert
2:50 p.m. Message: Timothy George
3:50 p.m. Message: Tom Richter

Evening Session — 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

6:50 p.m. Message: Hershael York
8:05 p.m. Message: H.B. Charles

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