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Church Leaders Invited to Free Conference: ‘Pastors, the Pulpit, & the Moral Crisis of Our Time’

The Christian church in America must take a stand in a nation that is experiencing moral and cultural decline, and church leaders in Alabama can lead the way, according to Dr. Joe Savage, director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement which calls for a spiritual transformation of America.

Savage and a group of church, business and civic leaders invite pastors and church leaders of all denominations, as well as the general public, to a free conference in Montgomery on April 30.

“Our goal is to inform and inspire church leaders while encouraging them to lead their congregations to action that addresses the moral issues of our time,” Savage said.

The conference is “Pastors, the Pulpit, & The Moral Crisis of Our Time: A Conference to Promote the Cultural and Spiritual Restoration of America.” It will provide practical information designed to empower congregations to become more engaged in the difficult issues facing society.

Presenters include Dr. John Ed Mathison, retired senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church; Dr. Mark Foley, president of the University of Mobile; Dr. John Killian, pastor of Maytown Baptist Church and first vice president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention; Kyle Searcy, pastor of Fresh Anointing House of Worship; and other pastors, Constitutional scholars, and civic leaders.

Worship will be led by Impact, a worship group from the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts. Impact is directed by Dr. Pete Sanchez, author of the internationally recognized song “I Exalt Thee,” and director of worship studies for Integrity Worship Institute.

The free conference will be held Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fresh Anointing House of Worship, 150 E. Fleming Rd., Montgomery. To attend, register online at www.twelve23.org or call the UMobile Center for Leadership at 251. 675.7551. The conference is co-sponsored by the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and its Twelve23 Movement, and The Common Sense Campaign grassroots movement to restore a Constitutional republic.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Foley, president of the Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala., and author of a new book, “It’s Time,” which argues that individual Christians must experience a personal revival in order for a national spiritual revival to occur that will transform America and, ultimately, the world.

Foley has been president of UMobile since 1998 and led the move to intentionally integrate learning, faith and leadership in all areas of university life. He is an ordained minister, a former business owner, and has practiced as a professional counselor. He holds a bachelor of business administration from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas,; and a master of divinity and doctor of philosophy in psychology and counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Foley and Savage were recently featured on American Family Radio’s flagship program, “Today’s Issues,” where they discussed the Twelve23 Movement on more than 200 radio stations nationwide.

Speakers include:

Dr. John Ed Mathison, retired senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Under his leadership of 36 years, Frazer grew from 400 members to more than 8,800 and had the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches in America. He is the author of seven books and is a nationally known and sought-after speaker, including as a seminar speaker at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Dr. John Killian, pastor of Maytown Baptist Church. Killian is first vice president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, a member of the Alabama Baptist Executive Board, and is a past president of the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference. He is a member of the University of Mobile Board of Regents and holds a bachelor of arts from Tennessee Temple University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kyle Searcy, pastor of Fresh Anointing House of Worship. Searcy has more than 20 years of experience in ministry and is co-founder of the thriving multi-racial, multi-generational international ministry, Fresh Anointing House of Worship located in Montgomery. He serves as Overseer of eight Fresh Anointing House of Worship churches in the United States, Fresh Oil Fellowship International, and over 80 international churches on the continent of Africa. In addition, he has written eight books.

Stephanie Bell, District 3 representative on the Alabama State Board of Education. Bell has served on the state school board since 1994 and serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education. She is active in a variety of civic organizations and has served as a board member for Eagle Forum of Alabama and as a volunteer counselor for Sav-A-Life Ministries.

KCarl Smith, founder of The ConservativeMESSENGER grassroots initiative based in Birmingham, Ala. Smith is a motivational speaker on topics such as respect for the U.S. Constitution, respect for life, belief in limited government, belief in individual responsibility, and the Frederick Douglass Republican Movement.

Lt. Col. Joe Eidsmoe, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and constitutional attorney. Eidsmoe is professor of law at the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy and has served as senior staff attorney with the Alabama Supreme Court. Currently, Eidsmoe is legal counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law and is an ordained pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Dr. Lou Campomenosi, retired career U.S. Marine and Gulf War veteran, as well as an adjunct professor of political science at Tulane University. Campomenosi is founder and executive director of The Louisiana Foundation for the Study of the Vietnam War and is a speaker and Board member with The Common Sense Campaign.

Troy Towns, motivational speaker and owner of Bell Road Eyewear in Montgomery. Towns is active in leadership at Fresh Anointing House of Worship, having served as head usher, cell group leader, discipleship instructor and teacher, and, with his wife D’Anne, as marriage counselors. He has been in the optical business for more than 20 years and is a motivational speaker about God and government.

Dr. Dave Miller, director of Apologetics Press and author of “The Silencing of God: The Dismantling of America’s Heritage,” among others. He holds three master’s degrees as well as a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address from Southern Illinois University and frequently speaks on matters pertinent to Christianity and the culture wars.

Dr. Joe Savage, director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement. A motivational speaker, author and evangelist, Savage has a decade of experience as a senior pastor and more than 20 years in ministry serving in Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. He has ministered to more than 200 coaches and executives in the National Football League, and organized and hosted community-wide ministry events which met both spiritual and physical needs of thousands of people.

For more information about the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement, visit www.twelve23.org. For more information about the University of Mobile, visit www.umobile.edu or call 251.442.2215. For information about The Common Sense Campaign, visit www.commonsensecampaign.org.

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