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Douglasville church to host hundreds at conference
by Adam Elrod
August 13, 2013 04:51 PM | 2943 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Adam Elrod<br>From left, Beulah Baptist Church lead pastor Wayne Bray and men’s ministry coordinator Bobby Smith.
Staff / Adam Elrod
From left, Beulah Baptist Church lead pastor Wayne Bray and men’s ministry coordinator Bobby Smith.
Beulah Baptist Church is preparing to host the most-attended men’s religious conference in Douglas County and possibly the largest one in west Georgia, said lead pastor Wayne Bray.

The 2013 West Georgia Men’s Conference is scheduled for Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 4031 Bankhead Hwy. in Douglasville.

Registration ended Monday, but walkups are welcome with a cost of $20 each.

This is the second year of the conference. Last year about 20 churches were represented for a total of about 600 men. Organizers said 20 churches will again send members, but they are expecting 700 attendees, Bray said.

Men do not have to be a member of a church to attend the conference, said men’s ministry coordinator Bobby Smith.

Members of churches from three miles to two and a half hours away are attending the conference. One of the churches has reserved 21 rooms at a Douglas County hotel to stay the weekend, Bray said.

“Restaurants I’m sure will be impacted on some scale [too],” he said.

Out of the 20 churches eight are co-hosting -- sending 30 or more men -- and 12 are partners by sending between 15 and 29 men. The churches range from 50 members to 2,000, said operations pastor Terry Pearman.

This year’s conference theme is “Reborn.”

Family Pastor P.J. Williams said the goal is to empower men to lead and strengthen their homes, and “that men will be men of God.”

Bray said they choose topics that talk about the spirituality of men, and what is appealing to men.

“[The conference] gives men an exciting opportunity together,” Williams said.

There will be four Georgia-based preachers including Herman Parker, Bill Purvis, Todd Wright and Mike Stone. They try to bring different types of church pastors together to preach the conference, Bray said.

“This is a place where any Bible-believing church can come together,” Bray said.

He said his goal for the future is to find room for 1,300 attendees and make it a conference churches look forward to sending men to each year.

For more information or to register visit or call (770) 942-4134.

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