The Adrian Rogers Conference will be September 24-26, 2012 on the campus of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary near Memphis, TN. This years special guests will be Haddon Robinson, Richard Owen Roberts and Vance Pitman. Along with these speakers, Mrs. Joyce Rogers will lead a session. For more information concerning Adrian Rogers Center, or to register, please visit the official blog at AdrianRogersCenter.org.
Following is biographical information about each speaker.
Richard Owen Roberts is the President and a founding Director of International Awakening Ministries. A native of Schenectady, New York, Mr. Roberts prepared for the ministry at Gordon College, Whitworth College and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been the pastor of churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. During the years he served the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference as Minister-at-Large, he was instrumental in the formation of two churches in the Albany capitol district: the Bethlehem Community Church of Delmar, New York, and the Clifton Park Community Church in Clifton Park, New York.
Since 1975, Mr. Roberts and his family have lived in the Wheaton, Illinois, area. He worked with the Billy Graham Association and Wheaton College in the formation of the Billy Graham Center Library. His own private collection of some 9,000 volumes relating to movements of religious revival provides the nucleus of the Graham Center Library.
Haddon W. Robinson is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, senior director of the Doctor of Ministry program, and former interim President at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A native of New York City, he received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Dr. Robinson also served as president of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary (now known as Denver Seminary) for 12 years (1979–1991), and taught homiletics on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary for 19 years. He has authored seven books, including Biblical Preaching. "Biblical Preaching" is a primary source for the study of expository preaching. He has written and edited for several magazines.
Robinson has, in recent years, been widely heard as the 'lead teacher' on the 15-minute Discover The Word radio program (formerly Radio Bible Class) produced by Grand Rapids, Michigan-based RBC Ministries. He appears on that program alongside fellow Christian speakers Alice Mathews and Mart DeHaan (who is the current leader of RBC Ministries). He also writes regularly for Our Daily Bread, an RBC Ministries devotional that goes to seven million people each month.
Vance Pitman was called to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000, as a church plant from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia.
As a creative thinker, he had a vision to launch a church that invests in God’s kingdom around the world, thus Hope Baptist Church was born in the fall of 2001. Hope’s core group of eighteen people has grown to almost 2000 people over the past eight years. The church currently meets, weekly, in a public high school. His plans to launch a network of church plants that would work together to impact the community and partner globally were well underway. Hope Baptist Church has given over one million dollars, annually, to missions over the last couple of years and has planted nine churches over the course of the last seven years and is currently building a team of partners to launch a tenth church here in the Las Vegas valley.
Vance speaks all over the nation to stimulate awareness that the Gospel is very needed in our own country as well as all over the world. His expositional teachings and command of the diverse biblical vernacular captivate his audience to where the question is raised of how can I be more involved in the Kingdom?
Raised in a Christian home and mentored by his father, a Southern Baptist Minister, Vance surrendered control of his life to Jesus Christ at age seventeen. At age eighteen, in response to God’s call, he relinquished his life to preach the Gospel and has vowed to serve the Lord the rest of his life. He was licensed to the Gospel ministry on December 12, 1990 and ordained to the Gospel ministry on June 22, 1994 at First Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
Vance resides in Henderson, Nevada with his wife Kristie of 18 years and his four children, Hannah, Caleb, Elijah and Faith.
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