SBTC evangelism conference to include ‘Left Behind’ author, football’s Pat Summerall

EULESS, Texas?Tim LaHaye, co-author with Jerry Jenkins of the best-selling “Left Behind” book series, will be among the speakers at the SBTC’s annual Empower Evangelism Conference Feb. 6-8 at the First Baptist Church of Euless.

Also scheduled is Pat Summerall, Dallas-area resident, a former NFL tight end and kicker, and a signature voice in American sports broadcasting.

The conference theme, “The Harvest Is Plentiful,” is based on Matthew 9:37-38, which reads: “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest'” (HCSB).

LaHaye, noted author, minister and educator, is president of Tim LaHaye Ministries and founder of the Pre Trib Research Center, an organization dedicated to the study of the end-times view that Christ will rapture Christians prior to a seven-year tribulation on earth.

Though most known for the “Left Behind” series, LaHaye has written more than 50 non-fiction books on marriage, personality and temperaments, and humanistic philosophy. LaHaye’s wife, Beverly, is the founder of Concerned Women for America, a Christian women’s organization dedicated to upholding Judeo-Christian values in the culture.

Summerall was a state tennis champion and All-State basketball player in his native Florida before starring in football at the University of Arkansas and later with pro football’s Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. He also played baseball briefly in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Summerall’s broadcasting career has spanned 45 years, working with CBS and FOX Sports, covering 16 Super Bowls, five heavyweight boxing championship fights, the NBA, PGA golf and pro tennis.

LaHaye and Summerall will join 21 other platform guests during the two-day conference, including Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch, Memphis pastor Steve Gaines, evangelist Bob Pitman, pastor Greg Matte of Houston, and musicians such as John McKay, Greater Vision, David Phelps, and One Hope.

For more information on the conference, call the SBTC evangelism office at 817-552-2500 or visit

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