“Hope in Harsh Times,” 2018 MARBC Annual Conference, October 29-30
“Hope in Harsh Times” is the the theme of the annual MARBC Conference that will be held on Monday-Tuesday, October 29-30, at Berean Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. The conference begins at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and will conclude during the noon hour on Tuesday.
Mike Hess, the newly installed GARBC national representative, will be the keynote speaker. Mike will share three messages from the epistle of 1 Peter that deal practically with the topic, “suffering while you serve.” Mike will also share the goals for his new role with the GARBC in an interactive session.
There will be an interactive forum regarding the ongoing development and implementation of the MARBC Core Values by the Council of 16.
Make plans now to attend this significant and encouraging conference!
Mike Hess serves as the new National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, having assumed that position in July 2018. Mike grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oswego, Illinois, and came to know Christ as his Savior at the age of 17. He and his wife, Christina, met in college and have been blessed with two children, Joseph and Hannah.
In Mike’s role as National Representative, he serves the association by encouraging local churches, counseling churches and pastors in need, assisting in pastoral placement, speaking in various churches and ministry settings, mentoring and training other pastors, and by championing our fellowship’s doctrinal statement.
Before assuming the role of National Representative, Mike served as a senior pastor in the states of Illinois and Iowa. He has served consecutive terms on the GARBC Council of 18 and has been heavily involved in our association with speaking, writing, biblical counseling, and facilitating our national conference. He has been blessed to speak in various countries including Australia, Argentina, Haiti, Mexico, Italy, and Israel.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University and his master’s degree from Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Currently he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree. He’s a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
Mike and his wife, Christina, enjoy traveling, reading, encouraging their children’s sports endeavors, enjoying their Labrador retrievers, and faithfully following and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
12:00 p.m. – Registration and displays
1:30 p.m. – Main session: Mike Hess
2:30 p.m. – Break and Displays
2:45 p.m. – Ministry Forum: MARBC Core Values Development – Council of 16
3:45 p.m. – Break and Displays
4:00 p.m. – MARBC Business Session
5:00 p.m. – Dinner break
7:00 p.m. – Main session: Mike Hess
Tuesday, October 30
8:00 a.m. – Registration and displays
8:30 a.m. – Prayer and Praise session
9:00 a.m. – Main Session: Ken Floyd
10:00 a.m. – Break and displays
10:15 a.m. – Ministry Forum: “Making disciples through healthy local churches” The GARBC ministry overview and Q&A – Mike Hess
11:00 a.m. – Break and Displays
11:15 a.m. – Main Session: Mike Hess
12:15 p.m. – Dismissal
The above list is a compilation of hotels and housing within a reasonable proximity to our conference host, Berean Baptist Church. Contact these hotels directly to negotiate the best rate for your stay. There are many additional hotels in the Grand Rapids area should you choose to stay with your preferred hotel chain.
We desire that every pastoral couple be able to attend the annual conference and want to assist those who have a financial need. Please contact the MARBC office or a Council of 16 member to inquire about affordable housing options and travel expense assistance.