Daniel Dickard elected president of SBC Pastors Conference

Daniel Dickard, senior pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., was elected president of the 2023 SBC Pastors Conference June 13. Dickard won the election by a ballot vote, defeating African Christian University‚Äôs dean of theology Voddie Baucham by a vote of 690 (50.85 percent) to 608 (44.8 percent). A standing vote proved […]

Pastor’s near-death experience intensifies Gospel focus

After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he’s a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the Gospel before it’s too late. “I was committed to evangelism before the accident,” said Ayers, senior pastor of the 16,000-member Hillvue Heights […]

Home for Christmas: Siblings find ‘forever family’

Sam and Stephanie Patterson’s long and emotional quest to become parents was finally realized last December when they adopted four young siblings through foster care. “It feels like the greatest Christmas present we could have ever received,” Stephanie said of her and her husband’s journey. Dec. 18 marks the first anniversary of the adoption of […]