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Get equipped for ministry at the GARBC Annual Conference 2023

Each year, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches holds an annual conference to refresh and refuel churches and ministry leaders in our association. Stay tuned for future conference updates, and save the date for our 2023 conference!

  • Invigorating fellowship
  • Engaging preaching
  • Glad reunions
  • Helpful workshops
  • Amazing music
  • New friendships
  • Kids4Truth Clubs program
  • Exposure to new ministries

Church leaders and members enjoyed all these and more during the 2022 GARBC Conference June 27–30 in Grand Rapids.

Drs. Nicolas and Venessa Ellen provided the keynote speaking. Five others shared in preaching, addressing the theme “Truth Matters.” Marrena Ralph, Kids4Truth Clubs specialist, led the children’s ministry, and Jeff Halsted II, director of student ministries at the host church, Calvary Baptist, led a program for teens. Songwriter and recording artist Matt Papa led worship and presented a worship concert.

During the fellowship’s annual business meeting, six new members were elected to serve on the Council of 18: Mike Augsburger, Brian Cederquist, Stan Lightfoot III, Bruce McLain, Jeremy Penrod, and Luke Scallon. Dr. David E. Strope also shared a ministry report during the meeting. 

The 2023 GARBC Conference will be held June 26–29 on the campus of Corban University. Philip De Courcy of Anaheim, California, will serve as the featured speaker. 

Photo Recap

Video Recap

Conference Day 1

Conference Day 2

Conference Day 3

Kids4Truth at GARBC22

Ministry Update

Recent ministries of Dr. David E. Strope, interim national representative of the GARBC, included preaching at First Baptist Church, Lowell, Michigan, June 26; at First Baptist Church, Niles, Ohio, July 10; and during the opening session of the GARBC Conference in Grand Rapids. 

He also attended Baptist Mid-Missions’ Family Conference at First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio, July 11–14. While there, he received a 20-year service pin, recognizing his ministry as a member of Baptist Mid-Missions’ elected council.