DOVER, Del.—Frank Page, former Southern Baptist Convention president, and Ed Stetzer, research director for LifeWay Christian Resources, are among this year’s speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware on Nov. 10-11.
This year’s Annual Meeting, as voted by the BCM/D’s General Mission Board this past May, will be shortened with the meeting ending at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the annual sermon.
Page, senior pastor of First Church of Taylors, S.C., since 2001, served two terms as SBC president in 2006-2007. He holds the Ph.D. degree from Southwestern Seminary in the field of Christian Ethics focusing on moral, social and ethical issues. Prior to that, he earned the master of divinity degree, also from Southwestern Seminary. He also earned the bachelor of science degree with honors from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, with a major in psychology and minors in sociology and Greek.
Page’s speaking experience includes revivals, Bible conferences, family life conferences, lecture series at colleges and seminary chapels and evangelism training conferences across the nation and overseas. His speaking engagements have taken him around the world to such places as Germany, Norway, Mexico, Israel, Ecuador, Australia, Nigeria, Brazil, Canada and Africa. He has also taught adjunctively for both Southeastern and Southwestern seminaries.
Page is also the author of several books and many articles for several magazines, theological journals, etc.
As pastor of the 4,300-plus member First Church of Taylors, located in suburban Greenville County, Page has seen tremendous growth, reaching an average worship attendance exceeding 2,400 and over 1,800 in Sunday school attendance. Taylors First has become a leader in the state of South Carolina in missions involvement as well as in missions giving.
Stetzer, well known speaker and author of “11 Innovations in the Local Church” with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird; “Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too”, with Mike Dodson; “Planting Missional Churches”; and “Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community,” is a former church planter and pastor.
Christian artists, Calling Levi, will lead worship on Monday afternoon, and other musical groups will lead throughout the annual meeting.
Fred Dyer, pastor of White Marsh Church and chairman of the BCM/D’s Administrative Committee, will preach the annual sermon at the end of the meeting’s third session.
In addition, there will be verbal reports from International Mission Board and North American Mission Board representatives, and representatives from other agencies will be available at booths where individuals can get information and ask questions.
By Shannon Baker, BCM/D National Correspondent