Annual Conference Features Array of Speakers, Golf Tourney

PLAINVIEW – The 86th Annual Panhandle-Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference will feature messages, music and fellowship all centered around the theme “Encountering Jesus.”

Slated Feb. 19-20 at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, the conference is the longest continuously running Bible conference of its kind. The event is held in Harral Auditorium and is open to the public at no charge.

The conference kicks off Monday, Feb. 19 with a 10 a.m. morning session, featuring special music by Wayland’s Spirit singing group, and messages by Bill Tinsley, chief executive officer of Worldconnex, and D.L. Lowrie, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Lubbock. The noon hour will feature a men’s luncheon with a message by David Dykes, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, and a women’s luncheon with special music and message by Jerrie Ann Salvato of Portland, Ore., who will present special music in the larger sessions as well.

The afternoon session begins at 2 p.m. and includes music by Wayland’s International Choir, messages by Lowrie, Tinsley, Dykes and Randy Newberry, mobilization strategist for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The evening session at 7 p.m. features music by combined church choirs, messages by Dykes and Howard Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo. A special session for Hispanic pastors and laymen will be held in Brown Chapel at 6 p.m., with messages from Frank Balderas and Joe Torres, and music led by Mark Martinez.

Tuesday, the event continues with a morning session at 9:30 a.m., featuring messages by Lowrie, Dykes and Ed Sena, pastor of Emanuel Community Baptist Church in Lubbock. Special music is by Wayland and by Fathers’ Quartet from Perryton.

The conference officially closes with a golf tournament dubbed the Pastors’ Masters. Held at Plainview Country Club, the tourney begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with lunch, followed by golf. The afternoon is $40 and covers lunch, green fees and cart.

The Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference is sponsored by area Baptist associations, including Amarillo Area, Caprock Plains Area, Lubbock Area, Mitchell-Scurry, Permian, Red Fork, South Plains and Top O’Texas. David Lowrie, pastor of First Baptist Church in Canyon, is president for 2007. Other officers are Ackey Martinez of FBC Brownfield, first vice president; Carl Williams of Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Snyder, second vice president; Charles Bassett of FBC Weatherford, secretary and treasurer; and Richard Laverty of FBC Perryton, president-elect.

For more information on the event or to register for the golf tournament, contact Micheal Summers, director of church services, at (806) 291-1165.