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PRINCETON, Ky. (KT) -- For the first time in its 36-year history, the president and two vice presidents of the Kentucky Baptist Convention will speak at the Western Kentucky Evangelism Conference on Monday, March 4.

"Having Faith in a Faithless World" is the theme of the conference, said Rick Reeder, director of missions for the Caldwell-Lyon Baptist Association, which hosts the event at Southside Baptist Church.

The speakers include:

• Randy McPheron, an itinerant evangelist and associational mission strategist (AMS) for the Rockcastle Association of Southern Baptists, who was elected KBC president last November. He is the first AMS to be KBC president since the late Harold Greenfield, who served in that role in 2002. Greenfield was a long-time DOM (AMS) in the Caldwell-Lyon Association.

McPheron has pastored for 25 years. He is a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has conducted mission work in Brazil, Africa, Philippines, Nicaragua and Alaska. He has led hundreds of revivals and evangelistic events in the southeastern U.S. He is also founder and president of Baptist Bikers of Kentucky.

In April 2023, he was the preacher for a one-night revival effort by the Graves County Baptist Association that had about 1,000 people attend.

• Jeff Noffsinger, pastor of Dripping Spring Baptist Church in Olmstead since 2003, is KBC's first vice president. He surrendered to preach at age 25 and hosts conferences that attract many well-known Southern Baptists preachers.

In KBC life, he has served on the Agencies and Institutions Committee, was elected president of the KBC Pastors' Conference and in 2016 preached the convention sermon. Moreover, Noffsinger has led his church to give 10 percent of its undesignated gifts to the Cooperative Program and 3 percent to the local association. This is in addition to its support of missionaries in Honduras, Oklahoma and Staten Island as well with direct support also given to Oneida Baptist Institute, the local Good Samaritan mission and Life Choice Pregnancy Care Centers in Russellville. He is a graduate of Mid-Continent University.

His brother, Kyle, pastors Southside in Princeton.

• Chance McConnell, a Princeton native who pastors Taylorsville First Baptist Church, is second vice president of KBC. He will be returning to the church where he grew up.

McConnell earned a Bachelor of Science Pastoral Ministry degree from Campbellsville University in 2012 and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018.

He served as the associate pastor of students at Westwood Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., from 2014-18, then accepted the call to pastor First Baptist in 2018.

From 1928 through the current year, FBC Taylorsville has given $825,115.13 through the Cooperative Program.

McConnell and his wife, Brittany, have been married for 11 years. They have three children: Layli, Kingston and Robin Cait.

• Carlton Binkley, who pastors in Woodlawn, Ill., will be the fourth speaker. He served as senior pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Eddyville from July 2010-January 2013. He was senior pastor at First Baptist in Woodlawn before becoming lead pastor of preaching, vision and missions at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Mid-Continent and master's from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He was adjunct Bible and Christian Ministry professor at Mid-Continent from 2011-2014.

Leading music for the conference will be Tim Harvey, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Cunningham, Ky.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Campbellsville University and Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He began at Bethlehem as worship leader but has pastored the church since September 2015. He hosts a weekly podcast called The PACT.

The conference has sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

speaking in the opening session will be Noffsinger, McPheron and Binkley. In the afternoon session, speakers are McConnell, Binkley and Noffsinger. The speaker for the evening session will be McPheron. Harvey will lead music in all three sessions and have a brief concert at the beginning of the event service.

The conference is free and open to the public, and organizers encourage not only pastors but also ministerial staff and laypeople to attend.

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