Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano and Southern Baptist Convention president, will be among the speakers at the emPOWER Conference, sponsored by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, Feb. 9-10 at the Arlington Convention Center.
Graham will be among other well-known Christian leaders at the conference?formerly known as the State Evangelism Conference?such as Henry Blackaby, Zig Ziglar and Larnelle Harris.
Born in Conway, Ark., and saved and baptized at age 6 at First Baptist Church, Conway, Graham became an ordained pastor at age 20 while married and halfway through Hardin-Simmons University, where he graduated before going to Southwestern Seminary.
Graham began his ministry as pastor of East Side Baptist in Cross Plains (1970-’71). Following his associate pastorate at Sagamore Hill Baptist in Fort Worth (’72-’75), he went on to pastor First Baptist Church in Hobart, Okla. (’75-’78); First Baptist Church in Duncan, Okla. (’78-’81); and First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. (’81-’89).
In 1989, Prestonwood Baptist Church?already a landmark Dallas congregation?called Graham as senior pastor. Since then, the church has grown from 8,000 members to more than 21,000, with an average weekly attendance of 16,000 and three weekend worship services.
His published books include: “You Can Make a Difference,” “Diamonds in the Dark,” “Lessons from the Heart,” and most recently, “A Hope and a Future.” Many pastors across the U.S. use his booklets “New Life in Christ” and “Is the Bible Just Another Book?”
For more information on the emPOWER Conference, call the SBTC office at 972-953-0878 or toll free at 877-953-7282. For lodging group rates, see the hotel list below and state that you are attending the emPOWER Conference when making reservations.
The conference hotels are as follows:
• Wyndham Arlington, 1500 Convention Center Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011. Call 1-800-442-7275 for reservations or go to www.wyndham.com. Use group code: 0208650SB.
• La Quinta Inns, 825 N. Watson Rd., Arlington, Texas 76011. Call 1-800-453-7909 for reservations.
• Baymont Inn & Suites, 2401 Diplomacy Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011. Call 817-633-2400 for reservations.