Old-fashioned, Holy Spirit-filled preaching.
The Old Paths Church Growth Conference is hosted annually by Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, IL, pastored by Dr. Keith Gomez. Northwest is also the home of Providence Baptist College and Cedar River Baptist Camp.
If you desire to follow the "old paths" of the Fundamental Baptist heritage, then you'll be encouraged by the young men teaching the morning sessions and greatly helped by the evening speakers who are seasoned veterans in the ministry.
Brother Tim Green is a preacher from a preacher family. His father and four brothers are all Baptist preachers. His paternal grandfather, Roy F. Green was a Baptist preacher and he has an uncle, nephew, and three sons that are Baptist ministers.
Conscious that heritage and pedigree do not a preacher make, Tim surrendered to the call of God on his life shortly after conversion to Christ in March 1970, Preaching his first sermon, October 28th that same year.
As a full time evangelist for over thirty years, God has blessed with revival and salvation of souls across America and in many foreign countries. Bro. Green is humbly aware that it is, “God that giveth the increase,” and, “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” Of course, at Bro. Green’s very best “We are all unprofitable servants” and that, “without me [Jesus] ye can do nothing.”
Brother Green is the editor of the Baptist Bread Daily Devotional read by 250,000 daily. He also is the speaker on Revival In Our Time radio ministry, heard daily on several radio stations. He and his wife Sandy, have been happily married since August of 1970. Their three sons are all serving God in the ministry.
In May of 1983, Pastor Michael Johnson graduated from Hyles-Anderson College and felt that God was calling him to start a church in Redding, California. That vision became reality when Shasta Baptist Church held its first service in Anderson, California on August 7, 1983.
Pastor Mike Ray was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1957. He earned two degrees in Hammond, Indiana at the Hyles-Anderson College where he met his future wife, Verna Weymouth (from Maine).
Upon graduation, he accepted the position of youth pastor at his home church under the leadership of Pastor B. G. Buchanan. Mike started public school ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athlete chapters, the Deep South Youth Conference, published several books, and even created a board game while he was youth pastor. His first two children – Charity and Faith – were born while in Louisiana.
In 1986, when Mike was 29, the Rays headed to California to assume the pastorate of Hopewell Baptist Church in Napa, California. Verna and the girls traveled to California by airplane while Mike traveled on an old church bus with all the family’s belongings (remember the Beverly Hillbillies?). The miracle is that the bus made it to California after 42 hours!
Visiting 34 hours a week the first year, the new pastor was determined to knock every door personally. It took four years to complete this goal. Visitors began attending from Napa and also from the surrounding areas of Vallejo, Cordelia, Concord, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Vacaville, Fairfield, and Rodeo. It was during these early days when God blessed the Rays with three sons – Jonathan, Paul, and Stephen. To God’s glory, the Hopewell Baptist church has experienced remarkable growth, both numerical and spiritual.
Pastor Ray is also a frequent speaker at teen camps, teen conferences, Bible conferences, and Christian colleges. He also teaches one day a week at Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, California.