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Pastors' Conference taking shape for New Orleans


HAMPTON, VA (BP) — When Grant Ethridge was elected president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, the weight of the task quickly became evident.

“The first thing I did was pray and say, ‘Okay, Lord, You have given me this assignment, and I’ve just got to trust You to guide me through it and show me exactly who You want to preach,’” said Ethridge, senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA.

Ethridge attended his first Pastors’ Conference in 1984, led by Charles Stanley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Ethridge said he is starting to announce some of the speakers and musicians – David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL; David Jeremiah, pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA; worship leader Charles Billingsley; and the Sounds of Liberty music team from Liberty University. To find out the latest, go to To view a video of this interview, visit