In Pictures: The 2012 IBSA Pastors’ Conference and Annual Meeting

Meredith Flynn —  November 16, 2012

DECATUR, Ill. | The photos below depict just a few highlights of the IBSA Pastors’ Conference and Annual Meeting at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Read the November 26 issue of the Illinois Baptist for more in-depth coverage, and go to to watch videos of Pastors’ Conference and Annual Meeting messages.

Chris Vieth and the choir from Tabernacle Baptist Church lead in worship during the IBSA Pastors’ Conference.

Kenny Qualls, Ronnie Floyd, Wes Feltner and Phil Hunter preached impassioned messages on the theme “Renew” during the Pastors’ Conference.

At IBSA’s Young Leaders Forum, attenders snacked on hot wings while Charles Campbell (right) led a panel discussion featuring experienced leaders (from left) Tim Lewis, Don Sharp and Kenny Qualls.

Women at the Ministers’ Wives’ Conference listen to Penny Weaver, director of New Life Pregnancy Center in Decatur, Ill., as she describes how the center meets the very real needs of new moms.

IBSA’s Rex Alexander talks with Carol Stewart at the Illinois Disaster Relief exhibit.

Shoppers peruse the resources available at the LifeWay bookstore, run by representatives from the LifeWay store in Carterville, Ill.

Childcare volunteer Nancy Russell shares a pretend snack with one-year-old Lucy Kreuter. Illinois Disaster Relief workers provided free childcare during the Pastors’ Conference and Annual Meeting sessions.

Chris Cutsinger, pastor of Center Baptist Church near Marion, Ill., is this year’s IBSA Bivocational Pastor of the Year. He was presented with the award IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams and Bob Carruthers (left), director of missions for Sandy Creek Baptist Association.

Jonathan Peters, president of the Illinois Baptist State Association, preaches his president’s message on “taking the Gospel to the streets.” Peters urged listeners to consider Illinois’ largest metropolitan areas as their mission fields.

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page told Illinois Baptists they had embraced more than any other state, percentage-wise, the Cooperative Program 1% Challenge.

Nate Adams invites Illinois Baptists to choose to partner, choose two cities (Chicago and St. Louis), and choose two people to pray for during Wednesday evening’s Mission Illinois celebration and commitment service.

Don Sharp (left) of Faith Tabernacle Church in Chicago and Tim Lewis of Bethel Baptist, Troy, entreated meeting attenders to engage in ministry in their cities, Chicago and metro St. Louis.

Meeting attenders hold their hands out in the directions of Chicago and St. Louis, praying over each region that God would continue to send leaders and draw people to Himself.

Tim Sadler (right) interviews Mindy Burwell and her husband Mark during the Mission Illinois celebration. Mindy received Christ after her pastor’s wife, Vickie Hayes, began praying for her through the Choose2 evangelism emphasis.

Illinois Baptists commit to ‘Choose2’ and pray for two lost friends or family members.

The choir from Broadview Missionary Baptist Church leads in worship before their pastor, Marvin Parker, preaches the annual sermon.

Marvin Parker closes the 2012 IBSA Annual Meeting with a plea for Illinois Baptists to reach out to their families, friends, and neighbors with the Gospel.

Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.