As a pastor, you face challenges from every angle. Whether it be caring for your family, your soul, your staff or your congregation, your role can feel like a lonely endeavor. This year, we want to provide encouragement, resources and practical help for your life and ministry. We’ll hear from some of the best proven leaders and pastors in our denomination. Livestream will be available for those who cannot attend.


Ronnie Parrott


Lead Pastor
Christ Community Church
Huntersville, N.C.

Twitter: @ronniep

Clint Darst

Vice President

Lead Pastor
King’s Cross Church
Greensboro, N.C.

Twitter: @ClintDarst


Clint Pressley

Lead Pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Charlotte, N.C.

Twitter: @PastorClint
Instagram: @ClintPressley

Clint Pressley is currently the lead pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Previously he served in roles at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. and two churches in Mississippi. Within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Pressley served as the first vice president of the SBC and vice president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference. Pressley also served on the board of trustees of the University of Mobile and is currently serving as chairman of the board of trustees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Connie, have two sons: Mack and Nate.

James White

Lead Pastor, Christ Our King Community Church
Raleigh, N.C.

Twitter: @LeadWithJames

James White serves as the senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh, N.C. White is also the executive vice president of organizational relations for the YMCA of the Triangle, an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the chairman of the North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Commission. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children: Christa, Alexis and Justin.

Jimmy Scroggins

Lead Pastor, Family Church
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Twitter: @JimmyScroggins

Jimmy Scroggins has served at Family Church in South Florida since July 2008. Under his leadership, Family Church has grown to a network of 12 neighborhood churches of various languages. Scroggins co-authored Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and currently hosts the “Church for the Rest of Us” podcast at He also serves in several leadership positions within the Southern Baptist Convention in addition to teaching as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. He and his wife, Kristin, have eight children.

K. Marshall Williams

Senior Pastor, Nazarene Baptist Church
Nicetown, Pa.
Twitter: @KMarshallWilli2
Instagram: @kwillia20

K. Marshall Williams has served as the senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia for 36 years. He received his master of divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Williams has served as an adjunct chaplain and Bible expositor for professional sports teams in Philadelphia and as a missionary with Sports Ambassadors, a basketball evangelism ministry. Within Southern Baptist life, Williams has served as president of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey and president of the National African American Fellowship. He and his wife, Constance, have three children: Keith Jr., Courtney, Chierra and one grandchild.

Matt Capps

Senior Pastor, Fairview Baptist Church
Apex, N.C.

Twitter: @mattcapps
Instagram: @mattcapps

Matt Capps has served as senior pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, N.C. since June 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master of divinity with biblical languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in pastoral theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is an author and contributor to several books and numerous articles. Capps has also served in a variety of leadership roles with Southern Baptist Convention entities as well as the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He and his wife, Laura, have three children.

Paul Chitwood

President, International Mission Board
Twitter: @DrPaulChitwood

Paul Chitwood was elected president of the International Mission Board (IMB) in November 2018. He previously served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and also.pastored local churches of varying sizes in Kentucky for nearly two decades. A native of Jellico, Tenn., Chitwood graduated from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands). He went on to earn a master of divinity and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration. Chitwood and his wife, Michelle, have four children.

Steven Wade

Lead Pastor, Faith Baptist Church
Youngsville, N.C.
Twitter: @pastorswade
Instagram: @pastorswade

Steven Wade currently serves as the lead pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, N.C. He also serves as an associate professor of pastoral theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wade earned a bachelor’s degree from Anderson College as well as a master of divinity and doctor of philosophy from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children: Caleb, Sarah, Lydia and Anna.

William “Duce” Branch

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Bible, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Twitter: @ambassador215
Instagram: @ambassador215

William “Duce” Branch began studies at Philadelphia Biblical University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible), graduated from Lancaster Bible College and received his masters in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Branch was a co-planter and co-pastor of an urban church in North Philadelphia. He is also a Christian hip-hop artist who has recorded independently and is a founding member of The Cross Movement. Branch currently serves as an assistant professor of preaching and Bible at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have five children.


6:30 – 6:50 p.m.

Worship and welcome

6:50 – 7:30 p.m.

Sermon by Clint Pressley, “The Pastor and His Preaching”

7:35 – 8:15 p.m.

Sermon by Steven Wade, “The Pastor and His Home”

8:15 – 8:55 p.m.

Sermon by K. Marshall Williams, “The Pastor and His Flock”

8:55 – 9 p.m.



9 – 9:15 a.m.

Worship and welcome

9:15 – 9:55 a.m.

Sermon by Matt Capps, “The Pastor and His Perseverance”

10 – 10:40 a.m.

Sermon by James White, “The Pastor and His Devotion”

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Sermon by Jimmy Scroggins, “The Pastor and His Heart”

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 1:25 p.m.


1:25 – 2:05 p.m.

Sermon by Paul Chitwood, “The Pastor and the Great Commission”

2:05 – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 – 2:50 p.m.

Sermon by William “Duce” Branch, “The Pastor and His Community”

2:50 – 3 p.m.



Ronnie Parrott
Pastors’ Conference President
(704) 659-7409