Posted on : Monday November 5, 2012

Connect 2012,  the annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, is in final preparations for their Nov. 11-13 “We Can’t Stop” meetings at Global Mission Church, 13421 Georgia Ave., in Silver Spring, Md.

This year’s guest speakers include:

  • KEVIN EZELL, who serves as the President of the North American Mission Board, providing strategic vision, direction, and leadership as NAMB works with state partners in helping Southern Baptists to reach North America through evangelism and evangelistic church-planting.
  • DENNIS KIM, who is Senior Pastor of Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Maryland and has served in Maryland since 1993. He was awarded an M.Div. at Chongshin Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He is an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Mid-Western Baptist Theological Seminary. Dennis is married to Julie and has two children.
  • CHUCK LAWLESS, who is Vice-President for Global Theological Advance of the International Mission Board. He was awarded an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Evangelism/Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he also formerly served as professor and dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Prior to that, he was pastor of two Ohio churches. A conference leader and author of several books, including Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Truth for Victory, Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor, and Mentor, Dr. Lawless has a strong interest in discipleship and mentoring.
  • DAVID LEE, who was elected as Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware in 2000. He has a total of 18 years of service with BCM/D. His pastoral ministry experience has included serving churches in Mississippi and Maryland prior to joining the BCM/D staff.
  • MIKE MCKINLEY, who was raised in suburban Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in religion and classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 2004, Mike was brought onto the pastoral staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church as a church planter. In 2005, he brought a small group of people from CHBC to Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Va., in order to help revitalize the church’s ministry. He has served as Guilford’s pastor since 2005.
  • RICHARD ROSS, who is husband to LaJuana, who has joined him in a lifetime of loving teenagers. They are parents of college student Clayton. Richard served as youth minister for thirty years and now is a volunteer with teenagers and parents at Wedgwood Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas. Richard is professor to the next generation of youth ministers at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. Since its inception, Richard has served as the spokesperson for the international True Love Waits movement.
  • KEN STALLS, who is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Seminary with a B.A. in religion and Master of Divinity in languages. Ken is the former senior pastor of churches in Zebulon, N.C. and Newport News, Va. He also is a former Director of Missions for Little River Association in N.C. Currently he is serving as Senior Pastor of South End Baptist Church in Frederick, Md., and is just completing a second term as president of the BCM/D.
  • DR. T. VAUGHN WALKER, who is presently Senior Pastor of First Gethsemane Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. Additionally, Dr. Walker is Professor of Black Church Studies, WMU Professor of Christian Ministries (endowed chair), and Director of the Black Church Leadership Doctor of Ministry and Black Church Studies Ph.D. programs at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the over 150-year history of the seminary, he is the first African American to be tenured and to obtain the rank of Full Professor.

This year’s schedule includes an evening session on Sunday, November 11, which begins at 6 p.m. at Global Mission Church. On Monday, November 12, a variety of brunches, including those listed below, will be held at the convention hotel, Sheraton, Silver Spring, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.


  • Ministers: Feed to Lead, featuring Mike McKinley and Vaughn Walker
  • Ministers Wives, featuring Tammy Lashey
  • Lay Leaders, featuring David Lee
  • Children’s Ministry, featuring Bill Emeott
  • Youth Ministry, featuring Richard Ross
  • Music Ministers, featuring Bill Archer

Please note that our guests who are not staying overnight at the hotel there will be a $5 parking fee. Please let the parking attendant know you are with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware to pay an “up front” fee. They only accept cash.

After the morning of brunches, afternoon activities include the afternoon sessions, breakout sessions, and an international dinner fellowship resume at Global Mission Church, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, November 13, there will be a morning session, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at Global Mission Church.

Download the Connect 2012: “We Can’t Stop” Program:

The Convention Hotel, Sheraton, Silver Spring, is located at 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Call (301) 589-0800 or visit online to make reservations. Please let them know you are with the Baptist Convention Maryland/Delaware.

When you make your reservation please indicate you are with the Baptist Convention Maryland/Delaware to receive the Convention price of $99 per night. Please note they do have onsite parking for a fee of $5 per day. As of October 24, 2012, there are still rooms available at the Sheraton at the $99 rate. If you are told differently by the Sheraton, please contact the BCM/D’s office at (800) 466-5290 for assistance.