November 4-5, 2018

Koury Convention Center  //  Greensboro, N.C.

The seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 will serve as the expositional theme for this year’s North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

In this exhortation to the seven churches of Revelation, God issues a clarion call to the entire church. These letters are as relevant for today as they were when God first addressed the churches in Asia. These seven addresses both encourage the church in her faithfulness and warn the church of faithlessness. These letters are sober reminders of the importance of defending biblical doctrine and the impact of devoted doxological witness.

This year we are asking attendees to register so we can have a head count and send information, updates and future conference resources. Please ask each person who will be attending with you to register, as well. The first 500 individuals to register will receive a bundle of free books and resources provided by conference sponsors.


Sunday Evening
(5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Clint Pressley
J.D. Greear

Monday Morning
(8:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

Tony Merida
Chris Griggs
Daniel Akin

Monday Afternoon
(12:50 – 3:15 p.m.)
Thabiti Anyabwile
Russell Moore

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 2:7a

Chris Griggs
Senior Pastor, Denver Baptist Church
Denver, N.C.

Chris Griggs has served as the senior pastor of Denver Baptist Church in North Carolina since October 2005. Griggs has also served churches in Virginia and Georgia. Chris holds an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, a master of divinity degree and a doctor of ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in expository preaching. Chris has served on the Board of Directors at SEBTS, and he has served as moderator of his local association. Connect on Twitter.

Clint Pressley
Senior Pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Charlotte, N.C.

Clint Pressley serves as the senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. He holds a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his final project toward a doctor of ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2014–2015, Pressley served as the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In 2013, he served as vice president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference and prior to that, the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Connect on Twitter.

J.D. Greear
Pastor, The Summit Church
Durham, N.C.

J.D. Greear has served as the pastor of The Summit Church since 2002. Before the pastorate, Greear served as a missionary for the International Mission Board (IMB). Greear holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also earned his master of divinity. He is the author of several books, including Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems. Under Greear’s leadership, The Summit Church is prayerfully aiming to plant 1,000 new churches by 2050. The Summit Church has also sent out 158 members to serve with the IMB. Connect on Twitter. Greear currently also serves as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Russell Moore
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a frequent cultural commentator, an ethicist and theologian by background, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. A native Mississippian, he and his wife, Maria, are the parents of five sons. Connect on Twitter.

Thabiti Anyabwile
Pastor, Anacostia River Church
Washington, D.C.

Prior to serving as the pastor of Anacostia River Church, Thabiti served as an elder and pastor in churches in North Carolina, District of Columbia and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington, D.C. area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including Reviving the Black Church and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church. Connect on Twitter.

Tony Merida
Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Imago Dei Church
Raleigh, N.C

Tony has an extensive itinerant ministry and has written several books including Christ-Centered Expositor, and eight volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series. Merida played college baseball at the University of the Cumberlands and holds three degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary: master of divinity, master of theology and a doctorate. He is happily married to Kimberly, and they have five adopted children. Connect on Twitter.

Matt Capps
Pastors’ Conference President

Matt Capps serves as the senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, N.C. Matt earned his master of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in pastoral theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Matt has served on the Leadership Council for the Ethics and Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Young Pastors Council for the North American Mission Board. Capps currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three children. Connect on Twitter.