Keynote Speakers

Gary L. McIntosh, Ph.D. President of the Church Growth Network and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in California. As President of the McIntosh Church Growth Network, Gary has analyzed over 1,000 churches, representing some 87 denominations throughout the United States, Canada and Southeast Asia. His articles have appeared in Global Church Growth, New Results, the Win Arn Growth Report, Leadership, Church Growth America, Growing Churches, and numerous other denominational publications.

Tom Cheyney, Ph.D.; D.Min. Founder of RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference and Directional Leader of He is the co-author of SPIN-OFF Churches, The Biblical Foundation for Church Revitalization and Renewal, Preaching Towards Church Revitalization and Renewal, and The New Unchurched and Strategies to Reach Them! Dr. Cheyney lives in Orlando, Florida where he leads his own Church Revitalization Assistance Team to aid churches regionally and globally.

Guest/Breakout Speakers

Terry Rials, D. Min. Senior Pastor of the Crestview Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. Terry is a gifted conference leader in the field of church revitalization and renewal. He leads his own Church Revitalization Team in Oklahoma City to bring life back to declining churches. Assessment of the need is one of Dr. Rial’s great gifts to the local church and the field of revitalization and renewal.

Mark Clifton, D. Min. Senior Director of Replanting at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has planted and replanted numerous churches and has also served as a national and regional leader for church planting and missions.

Kenneth Priest, D. Ed. Min. Director of Convention Strategies for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He has served churches in Texas and North Carolina in various roles of evangelism, educational ministry, and second chair leadership. He received the D. Min. Ed. in Church Revitalization from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jim Grant, D. Min. Pastor of Heartland Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois, he has also served three churches in Texas. He is an Air Force veteran, retiring with 25 years of service. His extensive travels while in the military allowed him the unique ability to have served in the full gambit of churches styles and health.

Tracy W. Jaggers, D. Min. Associational Director of Missions for the Gateway Baptist Association in Edwardsville, Illinois. Tracy earned his D. Min. in Church Revitalization from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. He is a frequent blogger and writer for state and national revitalization websites and magazines, and is an active speaker in state and national revitalization conferences and webinars.

Pat Pajak, D. Min. Assoclate Executive Director of Evangelism for the Illinois Baptist State Association. Pat served on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention for eight years and has led numerous mission endeavors internationally.

“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die….”
– Revelation 3:2 (NASB)

REVITALIZE – Hope for the Heartland seeks to “restore and revive” the local church. This conference gives you the Kingdom tools needed to regain that VITAL ministry in your community!

What is Revitalization?
Revitalization is a church-wide journey, seeking an urgent, intentional, corporate and individual spiritual renewal process. It involves acknowledgment of the church’s current condition, evaluation of its processes and systems, an openness to risk, a receptivity to adjustments and scriptural foundation.

The Mission REVITALIZE seeks to impact and equip leaders in the Midwest to bring renewal and revival to our churches.

Who is this conference for?
This conference is designed for those pastors, staff and lay leaders who hope for an effective and productive ministry where they serve.

Conference Cost:
$50 - October 1, 2017
$75 - After October 1, 2017
$100 - At the door - $100 (Cash or check only)

Conference Location:
Bethel Baptist Church
7775 Collinsville Road
Troy, Illinois 62294

Registration Information:
Online Registration.
Mail payment to: Gateway Baptist Association
4539 Wanda Road | Edwardsville, IL 62025
telephone: (618) 254-3953

Sponsored by:

April 10-12, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
Connect with Other Revitalizers
Numerous Renovation Resources
5 Keynote Sessions
2 Panel Discussions
25 Breakout Classes

Conference Schedule:


  • 11:00 am –1:30 pm            Registration
  • 1:30 pm  – 3:00 pm            Large Group Session A
  • 3:00 pm  – 3:15 pm            Break
  • 3:15 pm  – 4:30 pm            Breakout Session #1
  • 4:30 pm  – 4:45 pm            Break
  • 4:45 pm  – 6:15 pm            Large Group Session B


  • 8:30 am   – 9:45 am           Breakout Session #2
  • 9:45 am   – 10:00 am         Break
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 pm         Large Group Session C
  • 11:45 pm – 1:00 pm           Lunch
  • 1:00 pm   – 2:15 pm           Breakout Session #3
  • 2:15 pm   – 2:30 pm           Break
  • 2:30 pm   – 4:00 pm           Large Group Session D
  • 4:15 pm   – 5:30 pm           Breakout Session #4


  • 8:30 am   – 9:45 am           Breakout Session #5
  • 9:45 am   – 10:00 am         Break
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am         Large Group Session E
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm         Final Ceremony and Awards

EZ Card:

TEXT: hope
NUMBER: 63975
For updates and details
before, during and after the conference.


Bethel Baptist Church
7775 Collinsville Road
Troy, Illinois 62294

Conference Cost:

$50 - By October 1, 2017
$75 - After October 1, 2017
$100 - At the door
(Cash or check only)

Registration Information:

Registration site:   –

By physical mail:   – Gateway Baptist Association 4539 Wanda Road | Edwardsville, IL 62025

By telephone: – (618) 254-3953

Through email: –

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Express | Local: (618) 667-2301 | Toll Free: (800) 439-4745 2011 Formosa Drive | Troy, Illinois 62294

Red Roof Inn | Local: (618) 667-2222 | Toll Free: (800) 733-7663 2030 Formosa Rd | Troy, Illinois 62294

Super 8 Motel | Local: (618) 667-8888 | Toll Free: (800) 800-8000 910 Edwardsville Rd | Troy, Illinois 62294

Best Western | Local: (618) 667-9200 | Toll Free: (800) 780-7234 2020 Formosa Dr. | Troy, Illinois 62294

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