We are hosting a conference to help anyone discover the reliability and importance of the Bible for all of life!  Each session will feature God-focused worship and a biblically faithful message.  We’ll cover topics like: What is a Biblical Worldview and Why It Matters, Why It Takes More Faith To Doubt The Bible Than Trust the Bible, Developing A Strong Faith By Dealing with Doubt, and others.



​Sunday AM –

9:45 – Combined Session of Youth & Adult Sunday School classes in our auditorium
11:00 – Session #2 during our Morning Worship Service

Sun-Wed PM  –

6:30 – Sessions #3-6 (one session each night)


Speaker –

Dr. Jim Burkett
Pastor, Southwood Baptist Church
Tulsa, OK

Worship Leader –

Jason Taylor
Music & Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church
Joplin, MO

Our speaker is Dr. Jim Burkett. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jim Burkett received Christ while watching a Billy Graham Crusade on television. In 1964 he answered “The Call” to ministry while a student in high school where he began to preach in Youth for Christ clubs in area junior high and high schools.  He graduated from high school from the same school and in the same class as my mom. While attending Oklahoma Baptist University, he was involved in numerous revival crusades throughout Oklahoma and the midwestern United States. After graduation from the university in 1969 with a B.A. in religion, he studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1973. He received his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in 1979.

Dr. Burkett has over 32 years experience as a pastor in university communities. In 1985 he founded and was the first President of Shepherds’ Fellowship International which is a ministry to pastors, ministers, and their spouses. Dr. Burkett is also the president of Foundation Ministries International which assists churches and sponsors “Apologetics on Fire” conferences throughout the United States. His message has focused on unity, faith, covenant, and apologetics while developing relevant evangelism and discipleship ministries to collegiates and faculty.

Dr. Burkett has preached and taught in the United States as well as in Great Britain, Africa, Taiwan, and Malaysia. He was also an adjunct instructor in theology at Truett-McConnell College and has written two curriculums on apologetics. He currently serves as the pastor of Southwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is married to Pamala who received her Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Seminary.

Our worship leader is Jason Taylor. Jason Taylor is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served in several Southern Baptist Churches in Oklahoma over the past 18 years. He currently serves as Music & Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Joplin, MO, where he has been since March of 2008. He leads their worship with a wonderful blend of modern choruses and hymns. The students in his youth ministry are active in weekly Bible Study, Missions Projects, Retreats and Camps.

Over the years, Jason has worked with me in many ministry events, including leading worship in revivals, youth camps, and DiscipleNow weekends, in the churches where I have served. His heart for our Lord and love for God’s people are clearly evident in his life and ministry.

Jason’s wife, Christy, is a Kindergarten teacher in a Joplin-area school district. They are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Abbye Grace.

Our BIBLE 4 LIFE Conference will be a blessing to all who attend! I look forward to seeing everybody there!


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