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Inspire others to ‘REACH' lost generations with the gospel


ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – Find personal encouragement and learn how to inspire others to share the gospel at the REACH Evangelism Conference.

The conference, presented by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will be held at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., March 27-28, and feature top leaders in their respective ministry fields, including:

  • Ricky Chelette, executive director of Living Hope Ministries, a ministry outreach for people seeking sexual and relational wholeness in Christ.
  • Alex Himaya, founder and senior pastor of in Tulsa, Okla., one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.
  • Chuck Lawless, professor, dean, and vice president at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of eight books.
  • Tim Elmore, best-selling author, international speaker, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.

Pastors, staff and lay leaders in Kentucky Baptist churches are invited to attend this once-a-year event and learn how to reach the culture and community urgently, compassionately and strategically.

New to the annual evangelism conference is REACH University, an afternoon of intense learning and practical application from leaders who are leading the charge to reach people with the gospel.

Through speakers like Elmore and Lawless, the pre-conference sessions will explore ways to engage the next generation with the gospel and examine practical and proven ways to do evangelism in the local church.

At the REACH Women's Session on Tuesday morning, attendees can select one of several evangelism emphases led by 15 accomplished woman leaders from Kentucky and beyond.

The cost of the two-day REACH Evangelism Conference is $20 and includes lunch on Tuesday, March 28.

There will be a separate $10 fee to attend the REACH University pre-conference, which includes dinner on Monday, March 27.

Some of the 34 other talented speakers include Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention; Micah Fries, former church planter and senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Adam Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry and vice president for Academic Services at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board; Frank Page, former Southern Baptist Convention president; Vance Pitman, North American Mission Board's Send missionary; and Kevin Smith, executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and former KBC president.

To register or for more information about the conference schedule, speakers or suggested hotel accommodations, click here.