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Fall Conference Challenges and Refreshes


Dr. James Maxwell (center), former president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, and his wife, Leslie, listen to Dr. Doug Brown speak.

AVON PARK, Fla.—The Sunshine Baptist Fellowship held its Fall Conference at Bethany Baptist Church Oct. 17 and 18. This annual conference, says the state fellowship, is an opportunity “to be challenged spiritually, encouraged by friendship and worship, [and] refreshed by investing in a brief time of restoration in the beautiful fall weather in the Sebring area of Florida.”

Dr. Doug Brown, professor and seminary dean at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, spoke on the theme “Can We Trust the Word?”

In addition to speaking in the main sessions, Brown also shared a helpful seminar for the men on “The Hermeneutics of Homosexuality” to help pastors deal with cultural changes that collide with the unchanging truth from God. Linda Pausley, pastor’s wife at Bethany Baptist, led the women in a workshop that discussed how the church can show compassion and care for widows and singles in their churches.

During breaks, attendees had time to browse displays of valuable resources, including Regular Baptist Press, represented by Regional Manager Alan Wilson, and Editorial Bautista Independiente, which translates RBP adult Sunday School curriculum into Spanish.

Twenty churches across the state attended the conference. “We enjoyed a great time of worship, fellowship, and prayer together,” says Steve Poludniak, pastor of administration at Tri County Baptist Church, The Villages, Florida. “Special thanks to Dr. Brown for his sharing and also to Pastor Chuck Pausley and Linda, and the Bethany Baptist Church as our gracious host.”