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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


Having attended two Shepherd Conferences back in the days when only 300 attended. But I am glad more can come now. With today blogging, live blogging no less, its almost like being there. Well at least you can get the notes.

Over at Pulpit Magazine sfpulpit.com http://www.sfpulpit.com/ Nathan has graciously written about each of the sessions. Also the photo above are from that sign. Also Evers Ding has done liveblogging at his sight http://dinghome.net/ and has done marvelous in given a description of the sessions.
I first heard John MacArthur, Jr in 1973, his tape was from Ephesians 4:12. That message changed my ministry. In 1983 my first trip to the Shepherd Conference changed my ministry for ever. Those men who taught in that conference changed my understanding of ministry in a local church, and how a pastor/teacher should preach and minister in a church.
What I learned that first trip to Grace and the Conference was not what I had learned at the Hyles Pastor's School. Both were good, but the SC was more about the minister and his preaching. Not about how to grow a church but how to know the Scriptures.