Robert Sargent, pastor of Bible Baptist Church of Oak Harbor, WA will be our main speaker. Robert Sargent was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. At the age of 16 he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and shortly thereafter was baptized into the Wangaratta Baptist Church. He acknowledged the call of God upon his life as a 19 year-old college student, entering the Baptist ministry in 1971. In 1988 he and his family moved to the United States to serve as a pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Oak Harbor, Washington. Prior to this, he pastored independent Baptist churches in the states of Victoria and Western Australia, and served as president of a Bible college. In addition to pastoring, Brother Sargent has written 30 books — designed primarily for discipleship and preacher training. They are widely used by Bible-believing Baptist churches around the world, many of them having been translated into several languages. Brother Sargent and his wife, Vicki, have three children, all of whom are happily married and serving the Lord, and eight grandchildren. The Lord has given Brother Sargent and Bible Baptist Church a vision for world missions. They have evangelists currently laboring in central Washington, the Philippines, and Fiji. Over the past 40 years, over 5 millions of dollars has been given for missions, averaging close to $240k a year for the past few years. We are blessed to have him come and present to us faith promise missions.
Brother Shane Mallard grew up in Southeast Missouri. For the past 15 years he has pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Southeast Missouri before surrendering to the call to go to Western Australia. They are being sent out of Berean Baptist Church of Springfield, MO, pastored by Brother Jeff Ables. (This is the church that trained Brother Mallard, and where he served for 3 years before taking the pastorate of Emmanuel). We are excited to have Brother Mallard and his family here for the conference.
Brother James Pittman is a missionary to the country of Chile. He is sent our of Calvary Baptist Church of Knob Knoster, MO, pastored by Brother Jeff Merrick. He was trained and sent out of his church, and has been laboring for the Lord in Chile for 4 years, planting Iglesia Bautista Calvary de Temuco in a region of the country with almost a million people, but with no sound church. We are happy to be able to have Brother Pittman and his family join us for the conference!