Evangelism Conference includes Brunson, Phelps, and gang member-turned-preacher

ARLINGTON?The annual SBTC Empower Evangelism Conference Feb. 15-17 at the Arlington Convention Center will include a diverse lineup of pastors, evangelists, and musicians with the aim of awakening God’s people for revival.

This year’s theme is “Awakened by His Glory,” based on Exodus 33:18: “Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.'”


Brunson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., who previously served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas before succeeding Jerry Vines in Jacksonville, is among the pastors scheduled to preach at the conference.

The South Carolina native is a graduate of Furman University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a master of divinity and a doctor of ministry. He received the SWBTS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. He also received an honorary doctor of divinity from Dallas Baptist University. Brunson served at FBC Dallas from 1999-2006.

He is known for his love of history, which he often weaves into his sermons to help illustrate his expounding of the Scripture. He is the author or co-author of four books, including “The God You’ve Been Searching For,” “The Miracle You’ve Been Searching For,” “Why Churches Die,” with Ergun Caner, and “The New Guidebook for Pastors,” with James Bryant.


Denton-based evangelist Rick Ingle brings to the pulpit a rich background of pastoral experience combined with a heart for sharing the gospel. Before his conversion at the First Baptist Church of Victoria, Ingle’s journey included running with youth gangs in the ghettos of Philadelphia before joining the Navy, a hitch that included being court-martialed five times.

Shortly after his conversion Ingle entered college and graduated from Eastern and Immanuel Baptist Colleges and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds the doctor of divinity and doctor of literature degrees and has conducted over 1,400 revivals.

His story, “From a Ghetto Gang Leader to the Pulpit,” has been broadcast on every continent and beamed over the former Iron and Bamboo curtains on more than 400 radio stations. He is the author of six books. Since 1996, Ingle has concentrated on revivals in new work areas, paying his own travel and living expenses and not accepting offerings.


Texas-born tenor David Phelps spent eight years with the Gaither Vocal Band before resuming his solo career with Word Records. Known for his three-octave range and the emotional nuance of his vocals, Phelps said realizing that God “is in every part of our lives, in the love we have for each other and our wives and kids and everything” has broadened his outlook on how music can express God’s glory.

That variety is reflected on his newest album “The Voice,” which includes a mixture of pop, gospel and even a rendition of Luciana Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.” Phelps’ young son, Grant, joins him on the hymn “Angel Band.”

See upcoming issues of the TEXAN for additional stories about the 2010 Empower Evangelism Conference. For more details on the conference, visit sbtexas.com/evangelism.

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