Summer Speakers

HB Charles & Dwight Peterson

June 23 - June 29, 2019

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HB Charles & Dwight Peterson Bio

H.B. Charles, Jr.

H.B. Charles is the pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida.  He succeeded his father as Pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California at the age of 17.  He pastored there until 2008 when he began his ministry in Jacksonville.  Pastor Charles and his wife, Crystal, have three children.

Dwight Peterson

Dwight served over 19 years in local church student ministry, including junior high, senior high and college ministry as well as oversight of the Bible curriculum and discipleship functions at a Christian school.  He is currently on the faculty of Clarks Summit University, and serves as the Director of Leadership development for Pilgrimage Educational Ministries. Dwight and his wife, Bonnie, are proud 1979 WOLBI Alums.

Robert Morgan & Phil Moser

June 30 - July 6, 2019

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Robert Morgan & Phil Moser Bio

Robert Morgan

Rob Morgan is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for over 30 years.  He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with over 20 books in print. He is also a staff writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows and has a wide-ranging Bible teaching ministry. He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Phil Moser

Phil as served as the teaching pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in New Jersey for more than 20 years. Besides his church responsibilities, he is also an adjunct professor at Word of Life New York, Germany and Hungary. He is the founder and author of Biblical Strategies. Phil and his wife, Kym, have 4 children and a son-in-law.

Mark Bailey & Mark Yarbrough

July 7 - July 13, 2019

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Mark Bailey & Mark Yarbrough Bio

Mark Bailey

Dr. Mark Bailey is the the president of Dallas Theological Seminary and Senior Professor of Bible Exposition.  In addition to his years at Dallas Theological Seminary, he has pastored various churches in Arizona and Texas. He was a seminar instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for twenty years and is in demand for Bible conferences and other preaching engagements. He has ministered in several overseas countries and is a regular tour leader in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Rome.

Mark Yarbrough

Dr. Mark Yarbrough serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, and Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. Along with teaching, he has also co-authored and recorded multiple albums and enjoys leading worship. He also enjoys writing and has been published in various magazines, and is the author of How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor.  He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Texas and have four children.

Crawford Loritts & Richard Blackaby

July 14 - July 20, 2019

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Crawford Loritts & Richard Blackaby Bio

Crawford Lorritts

Dr. Crawford Loritts is the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He has traveled throughout the world preaching in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, in colleges and seminaries. He has also been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four chapel, and the Pentagon with senior military officers. He is an author and radio host. Pastor Crawford and his wife Karen are featured speakers at Family Life marriage conference and are co-authors of Developing Character in Your Child. They have four adult children and eleven grandchildren.

Richard Blackaby

Richard is the president of Blackaby Ministries International and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEOs, church, and family leaders. He served as a senior pastor and seminary president, and has written or co-authored thirty-five books. Richard has been married to Lisa for 35 years and has three grown children and four grandsons.

Erwin Lutzer & Corey Abney

July 21 - July 27, 2019

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Erwin Lutzer & Corey Abney Bio

Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years.  A clear expositor of the Bible, Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross.  His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Corey Abney

Dr. Corey Abney has served as the lead pastor of Florence Baptist Church in Northern Kentucky since 2012. His vision and ability to communicate the gospel has rallied the community and spurred growth year after year. He is a graduate of Cedarville University (B.A), where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Ph.D), where he teaches as an adjunct professor. Dr. Abney has also served on the Board of Trustees at Gateway Seminary in California, on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and as President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. He and his wife Christina have four children: Caroline, Cameron, Catherine, and Corey Jr.

Ray Pritchard & Ron Moore

July 28 - August 3, 2019

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Ray Pritchard & Ron Moore Bio

Ray Pritchard

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as the president of Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas- speaking at conferences, and appearing on Christian radio and television talk shows. Dr. Pritchard focuses on evangelism and encouragement to spread the hope of Jesus Christ through all the world. For 27 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago.  He serves as a regular co-host on “Today’s Issues” on the American Family Network. Dr. Pritchard is the author of twenty-seven books, including An Anchor for the Soul, Stealth Attack, Names of the Holy Spirit, and Credo. Ray and his wife, Marlene, have three married sons and eight grandchildren.

Ron Moore

Ron Moore was born and raised in Perry, Oklahoma – also the place where he and his wife, Lori, met and married in 1980. For the past 25 years, Ron has served as Senior Pastor at The Bible Chapel in Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and also holds a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Ron has written several books including Journey through the Bible, Worn Out by Obedience, and Ignite.  Ron and Lori have four children and two grandchildren.

Willie J. Bolden & Jesse Johnson

August 4 - August 10, 2019

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Willie J. Bolden & Jesse Johnson Bio

Willie J. Bolden

Dr. Bolden completed his undergraduate studies at Biola University, earned a Master of Arts in Theological Education from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1992, and in 2006, earned a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Evangelism from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Community and Church Relations at DTS-Houston. As a sought after conference speaker, preacher, and teacher, Dr. Bolden has been the featured lecturer in national conferences whose subjects range from successful biblical marriage, blended families, and evangelism to Bible doctrine and Christian education. He is married to Loretta, and they are the parents of seven children and eight grandchildren.

 

Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson serves as the Lead Teaching Pastor at the vibrant Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia.  He previously ministered as part of the pastoral team at the Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, CA and as a Chaplain for the Los Angeles Police Department.  He contributed to books including Men of the Word, Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong, Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray.  Jesse and his wife, Deidre, were married in 2006 and have three daughters.

John Barnett & Nathan Smith

August 11 - August 17, 2019

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John Barnett & Nathan Smith Bio

John Barnett

John Samuel Barnett has been teaching the Word of God for over 30 years. He has served congregations in the East, and the West, before coming to the precious saints at Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2008. Since 1978, John has led dozens of study tours, retreats, travels, and pilgrimages with over 1,500 participants, and taught on site in 21 countries and on five continents. He has also served on the faculty of the Master’s College & Seminary. John was an Associate Pastor to Dr. John MacArthur at Grace Community Church for five years overseeing the Shepherding Ministries. During graduate school, John served as the Assistant Dean of Men at Bob Jones University for five years. John shares his life with his beloved wife, Bonnie.

 

Dr. Nathan Smith

 

Nathan grew up in Tanzania, East Africa where his family served as church planting missionaries, and it was there that Nathan gained a deep love and respect for the cultures and peoples of the world. Nathan is been involved in world missions, especially in the Muslim majority world. Nathan serves as Sr. Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia and has a passion for the rigorous exposition of the Scriptures so that God might be known, His grace in Christ be realized, and the Christian be moved to obedient, sacrificial mission. Nathan frequently says “No matter who you are or where you are from, we are a church of broken people all in need of God’s grace.” Nathan and his wife Jessica have three children, Caden, Lydia, and Jason. Nathan received a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity in Ministry Leadership and Islamic Studies from Columbia International University, and a Doctorate in Expositional Preaching from the Master’s Seminary.

 

Fall and Spring Retreats

Spanish Family
Speaker: Guillermo Aguilar

Spanish Family Retreat

09/13 — 09/15

The Spanish Family retreat is designed to provide a worshipful family bonding time for those who speak Spanish predominately. From the music to the speaker our retreat will be Family Friendly and offer exciting times for young and old alike. Get away from your daily life and take time to enjoy the Adirondacks during the fall.

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Speaker: TBD

Fall Marriage Retreat

10/04 — 10/06

Our retreat specifically planned for Couples, will give you time and memorable experiences with your spouse and with God that you have been looking for all year! There are four sessions where our speaker focuses on your relationship with God, your marriage, and living your Christian life together...

Retreat-family
Speaker: Mark Strout

Fall Family Retreat

10/11 — 10/13

The Fall Family retreat is designed to provide a worshipful family bonding time for all families. From the music to the speaker our retreat will be family friendly and offer exciting times for young and old alike. Get away from your daily life and take time to enjoy the Adirondacks during the Fall.

Speaker: Tom Messer & Tommy Kiedis

RISE Pastor’s Conference

10/15 — 10/17

Speaker: Carol McLeod

Women’s Retreat Weekend 1

10/25 — 10/27

In Christ we have all we need: all the direction, protection and power. On our own we’ve got nothing but confusion, vulnerability and weakness. Our speaker will unpack Scripture and will challenge listeners to be strong and courageous as they obey God.

Speaker: Carol McLeod

Women’s Retreat Weekend 2

11/01 — 11/03

In Christ we have all we need: all the direction, protection and power. On our own we’ve got nothing but confusion, vulnerability and weakness.  Our speaker will unpack Scripture and will challenge listeners to be strong and courageous as they obey God.

Get Inspired

Seeing relationships with the Lord deepen throughout the week is the our number 1 goal at Word of Life. That’s why we find the most inspirational speakers to guide daily sessions, share biblical truths and create opportunities to deepen your faith.