Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701
Christ’s love compels us to serve. Fill your cup to go out, share Christ, and show love. Fellowship, preaching, worship, and workshops await.
A livestream of our worship service will be right here at 6:30 PM on Monday night.
Tallowood Baptist Church
Dr. Duane Brooks began his ministry at Tallowood Baptist Church on Sunday, May 17, 1998. He is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth and Baylor University in Waco. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Baylor University, cum laude, and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Baylor University.
Brooks was born in Amarillo, Texas. He is married Melanie Jo Freeman and the couple has two sons and a daughter. Their oldest son, Graham, and his wife, Abigail, reside in Houston. Their son, Chase, and his wife Brooke, are in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their daughter, Casey, attends Baylor University.
Hispanic Evangelism DirectorMore Info
Victor Rodriguez served as a pastor for 35 years in San Antonio, including 21 years as pastor of Life Church. He planted two churches in San Antonio during his time in ministry and served as a bi-vocational minister for many years. Rodriguez’s experience with evangelism and discipleship training within his churches—ranging from 20 to 700 in attendance—allows him to connect with churches of all sizes and pastors in different stages of ministry.
Through his role on the Great Commission Team as Hispanic Evangelism Director, Rodriguez will work with more than 1,200 Hispanic churches in the Convention to train and equip leaders in evangelism and discipleship. Rodriguez also desires to start a coaching/mentoring program with Hispanic pastors around Texas to intentionally develop church leaders.
Reverend Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr. is the pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, where he has served for 26 years as the “Under Shepherd.” Born the oldest of 6 children, Pastor Evans is a native of Houston, and he is married to Lisa C. Evans, his high school sweetheart of more than 30 years. To this union, they have two adult children.
Pastor Evans received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Pre-Law) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School. He participated in doctoral studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
Pastor Evans is the former Director of African American Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas that involved service to over 800 churches statewide. Pastor Evans is the author of “Going to the church house: Pastoral leadership models for the 21st Century Black Church.”
Executive DirectorMore Info
The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board elected David Hardage in January, 2012 to serve as the convention’s next executive director.
Dr. Hardage was serving as director of development for George W. Truett Theological Seminary and interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. He previously has served as executive director of the Waco Regional Baptist Association. He also has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, First Baptist Church in Holliday and First Baptist Church in Blum. He also pastored First Baptist Church in Weatherford, OK, and has served as interim pastor at churches such as Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, First Baptist Church in Huntsville and First Baptist Church in Bryan.
Dr. Hardage has served as the chairman of the BGCT State Missions Commission, chairman of the BGCT Missions Funding Committee and as a trustee at East Texas Baptist University. He currently is a trustee at Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center.
Dr. Hardage earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
Dr. Hardage is married to Kathleen, a retired school teacher. They have two children; John, and Rebekah. John is married to Melissa and they have two daughters, Anne Marie and Molly Kate.
The Singing Men of Texas was established in 1975 by Sam W. Prestidge and now consists of six chapters and over 600 members. Singing Men of Texas was founded as a ministry of the Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas) Church Music Department.
The six regional groups are comprised primarily of ministers of music, pastors, Baptist university and seminary faculty, other church or associational staff members and laymen who are actively involved in the music ministry of their churches. The Singing Men of Texas exists for the purpose of glorifying God through music, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, providing an opportunity for Christian growth, inspiration, fellowship and mission service.
Groups have participated in outreach efforts across Texas and the United States, and have ministered around the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Eastern and Western Europe, China and Spain, and most recently New York City, including singing in historic Carnegie Hall.
Dan Baker is in his tenth year as the minister of music at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. He directs or oversees all aspects of music ministry at the church including weekly worship, large scale Christmas and Easter productions, fully graded children’s and youth choir programs, as well as instrumental ensembles and orchestras. Music and mission have been a long-time passion for Dan, and have led him to travel across the U.S. and internationally with his youth choir and Singing Men of Texas. Dan also enjoyed conducting the Singing Men in Carnegie Hall in 2018.
Originally from the Dallas area, Dan received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 1991 and a Master of Arts in worship studies from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in 2017. He taught public school choral music for ten years in the Dallas metroplex before answering a call to ministry in the local church. He has sung as a soloist and choir member with classical and Christian ensembles, including the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, The Dallas Vocal Artists, The Allegro Artists, and One Voice.
Dan and his wife, Jodi emptied their nest this year. Sarah and her new husband Timothy live in Abilene, TX. Hannah and Jonathan both attend Dallas Baptist University. All three children enjoy singing and serving in music ministry. Besides supporting the music ministry at FBC, Jodi enjoys a full schedule, teaching voice and piano as well as accompanying students at WTAMU and in the public schools.
The Texas Country Boys formed initially as a group to do an evangelistic tour in Ukraine in 2016. The success of that tour prompted more Ukrainian tours in 2017 and 2018, as well as numerous concerts around the North Texas area. On any given Sunday morning, members of the group will be leading worship in several different churches in the great state of Texas! Group Members are: Kevin Barham – Worship Arts Pastor, FBC Melissa (Electric Guitar and Vocals); Trent Blackley – Minister of Music and Worship, FBC Rockwall (Vocals and Guitar); Michael Bridges –Worship Pastor, FBC Sunnyvale (Vocals and Guitar); Steve Colburn – Minister of Music and Worship, FBC Corsicana (Vocals and Guitar); Jason Farguson (Fiddle); John Hewitt (Bass); Paul Jennings (Electric Guitar); Ihor Kudelin – Worship Ministry Associate, FBC Sunnyvale (Keys); Steve Slayton (Drums)
The Texas Country Boys play all kinds of Country and Gospel music, and released their first album, “Common Ground” in May of 2018. God has blessed mightily on the previous three evangelistic concert tours with Michael Gott International, and the group will return once again to Ukraine in October of 2019.
Highland Music is the Worship Leading, song-writing, and equipping arm for the worship ministry of Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas and is made up entirely of local members of the church. Our desire is for the local expression of Highland Music (songwriting and recording) to support a global equipping ministry, sending teams around the world to host worship conferences for pastors, worship leaders, choir leaders, production crews and more, particularly in countries that do not otherwise have the means to be well-trained. The initial Highland Music Conference took place in Kaduna, Nigeria in 2018 with over 5,200 in attendance. Conferences in Uganda and Kenya are booked for the summers of 2020 and 2021. Highland Music is led by Jared Billups who has served as Gathering Pastor at Highland since 2013.
These workshops will keep you coming back for more.
New Believer Discipleship
Why Apologetics is Needed for a Millennial Generation
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism and Discipleship
Effective Evangelism Strategies for the Church
Being the Leader Your Teenagers Need
Messenger cards Bring your messenger cards to the registration desk when you arrive. Messengers who do not have properly endorsed messenger cards must be processed through the Credentials Committee.
More info Visitors are welcome to attend all sessions and can register on-site at the registration desk.
Next year’s annual meeting will be November 15-17, 2020 at the Waco Convention Center.