BFM Spring Conference 2024

We hope you will make plans to join us for the BFM Spring Conference!

Friday, April 12 – Saturday, April 13, 2024

Grace Baptist Church
2920 Beaver Valley Road
Fairborn, Ohio 45324

Church: 937-878-9992
Pastor Mark Pyles: 304-545-0603

The Preeminence of Christ


Friday, April 12

6:30- Opening- Pastor Mark

6:35- Special

6:40- Congregational singing

6:45- Message – “Christ’s Preeminence in Creation” – Pastor Kevin Ridder, Chillicothe Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Ohio

7:30- 7:45- Break

7:45- Special

7:50- Congregational singing

7:55- Message – “Christ’s Preeminence over the Church” – Dr. Sheridan Stanton; veteran missionary to Peru (32 years) and now pastor of Berea Baptist Church, Hiddenite, NC

Saturday, April 13

9:00- Welcome and BFM update- David Pitman

9:15- Special

9:20- Congregational singing

9:25- Message – “Christ’s Preeminence in Reconciliation” – Pastor Landon Copley; Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Standing Ground, KY

10:10- 10:25- Break

10:25- Zoom with BFM missionary

10:40- Special

10:50- Congregational singing

10:50- Message – Missions Report- Sheridan Stanton on Peru and Mark Pyles on Brazil trip

11:35- 1:00- Lunch

1:00- Zoom with BFM missionary

1:15- Special

1:20- Congregational singing

1:25- Message – “Christ’s Preeminence in the Ministry” -Pastor Terry Adkins; New Hope Baptist Church, Dearborn Heights, MI

2:10-2:15- Closing- Pastor Mark

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Spiritual Growth in Believers

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Missionaries John and Judy Hatcher have been serving the Lord in Tournefeuille, France since 1999. They define their ministry as “disciple-making.”

April 17, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is great to be teamed up with you. Judy and I enjoyed being able to join the Spring Conference hosted by Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn, OH. Thank you, Pastor Pyles, for inviting us to join you and making the arrangements for the Zoom meeting.

You will see along with this letter a picture of our Sunday service last week and one of our last youth meetings. We are particularly encouraged by the spiritual growth that we see in our young people and adults.

A bit over a week ago Judy asked me if I had anything planned to celebrate her birthday. My answer was, “No, what would you like to do?” I had sort of thought we would go to a nice restaurant to eat. Her answer was, “I would like to go to the Pic du Midi.” On a clear day this distinct mountain peak can be seen from the second floor of the house in which we live. It has an astronomy dome and research center at the top. We made the two-hour plus drive from our home to the base of this mountain. After a fine meal at the only available restaurant, we took two sequential cable cars to the top of Pic du Midi. It was a wonderful celebration of Judy’s birthday while enjoying a beautiful part of God’s creation. Though we have seen the Pic repeatedly over a period of 23 years, this was our first time to the top!

Sometimes it is hard to believe that we have been fulfilling our calling to bear the good news and make disciples here in Southern France for more than 23 years. It is a continuous joy to serve God in this way with helpers like you. A good number have come to Christ and become His disciples. They are actively serving the Lord here and in a number of other countries and regions of France. God enables us to have meetings on a regular basis in five different locations where He is at work.

We are getting older, but our Saviour has given us eternal life. One Eternal Day you will get to meet those who have come to Christ with your contribution of what God has given you.

Look up! We are closer to the day of our Lord than we have ever been before.

From France,
Judy and John Hatcher

Sunday Service last week
The latest youth meeting

Contact Info:
John & Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
Present USA phone 1-812-416-1033

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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Spring Conference 2022 Videos

Videos from our 2022 Spring Conference Sessions can be found on our YouTube channel: Special thanks to Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn, Ohio for capturing these and sharing with us!

[Click here for a YouTube playlist with all conference sessions.]

A brief report on the state of BFM activities, especially over the last calendar year of 2021 to present. Update presented by Directors Dave Parks and Jonathan Turner.
Session #1 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring Harold Draper, former missionary to Brazil; Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky – “The Commitment to Gospel Purity”
Session #2 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring an update from Judson Hatcher, missionary to Brazil, and John Patterson – “The Obstacle of CRT/Wokeism”
Session #3, Part 1 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring a video call with Odali & Kathy Barros, missionaries in Northern Brazil.
Session #3, Part 2 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring Steve Wainright, BFM Director & Pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky – “The Obstacle of False Teaching in Churches”
Session #4 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring Philip DuBarry, BFM Director and Associate Pastor of Addyston Baptist Church in Addyston, Ohio – “The Obstacle of Big Tech”
Session #5, Part 1 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring a video call with Roger & Julie Tate, missionaries in Kenya, East Africa.
Session #5, Part 2 from the 2022 BFM Spring Conference featuring Pastor Bruce Winner, “The Obstacle of COVID and Mandates”.

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Save the Date! BFM Spring Missions Conference 2022

We hope you will make plans to join us for the BFM Spring Conference!

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2, 2022

Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn, Ohio
2920 Beaver Valley Road | Fairborn, OH 45324
Pastor Mark Pyles | Cell: (304) 545-0603 |

The Spring Conference on April 1-2 at Grace Baptist Church in Fairborn, Ohio will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday and will end around 3:00 PM on Saturday. Speakers will be Harold Draper, John Patterson, Philip Dubarry, Steve Wainright and Bruce Winner.

We will be zooming with 3 missionaries during the conference. We will also be video recording all messages and posting them on our web site, The topic will be “Obstacles to the Gospel in our Day”. We will be hearing about the commitment to gospel purity and how to deal with the obstacles of CRT/Wokeism, the Big Tech cancel culture, false teaching in the church, and COVID with its vaccine and mask mandates.

Lunch will be provided by Grace Baptist on Saturday.

We recommend the following reasonably priced hotels in the area:

Clarion Inn | 2500 Paramount Place, Fairborn, OH 45324 | (937) 427-0800
Hampton Inn | 2550 Paramount Place, Fairborn, OH 45324 | (937) 429-5505
Comfort Inn and Suites (closest) | 730 East Xenia Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324 | (937) 754-9109

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BFM Spring Conference 2019

2019 Spring Missions Conference
April 12-13
Theme: The Prevailing Gospel — Matthew 16:18
Friday at 6:30 – Saturday at 4:30 dinner
Grace Baptist Church — Fairborn, Ohio
Street Address: 2920 Beaver Valley Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947 Fairborn, OH 45324
Pastor Mark Pyles | 304-545-0603 (cell) | |
There are many hotels within 5 miles of church; in both Fairborn and Beavercreek.


6:30-6:45: Worship
6:45-7:30- The clarification of the Gospel – Pastor David Pitman

7:30-7:45: Worship
7:45-8:30: The resistance to the Gospel world-wide – Pastor Kenny Hurst


8:00-8:45: Prayer meeting for missionaries and BFM as a whole.

9:00-9:15: Worship
9:15-9:45: Skype visit with Missionaries Mike and Bev Creiglow
9:45-10:00: BFM news & updates – “Fresh Happenings!”

10:00-10:05: Worship
10:05-10:50: The biggest challenges faced by Gospel messengers – Pastor Bruce Winner

10:50-11:00 – BREAK

11:00-11:15: Worship
11:15-11:45: Skype visit with Nathan and Carrie Radford


2:00-2:15: Worship
2:15-2:45: Skype visit with Odali and Kathy Barros
2:45-3:30: The prevailing power of the Gospel – Pastor Steve Wainright

3:30-3:45: Worship
3:45-4:30: The danger of sitting on the Gospel – Laird Baldwin

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BFM Spring Conference 2018

2018 Spring Missions Conference
March 23-24
Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn
Street Address: 2920 Beaver Valley Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947 Fairborn, OH 45324
Pastor Mark Pyles
(cell: 304-545-0603)
Nursery Provided

“The Disclosing of the Heart of the Missionary
(as seen in the light of one…the apostle Paul)”
Acts 20:24-27

Friday, March 23
6:30-7:30 – Dave Mitchell- “The Courage of the Missionary: Acts 20:24a”
7:30-8:30 – Dave Parks- “The Course of the Missionary””: Acts 20: 24b

Saturday, March 24
8:00-8:45 – Prayer meeting for missionaries and BFM as a whole.
9:00-10:00 – Skype Jud Hatcher (short message) and BFM update
10:00-10:45 – Skype Roger Tate and surprise speaker
10:45-11:00 – BREAK
11:00-12:00 – Stephen Clark- “The Charge of the Missionary: Acts 20:24c
12:00-2:00 – Lite Lunch
2:00-3:00 – Skype Bobby Wacaser
Jonathan Gordon- “The Consideration of the Missionary: Acts 20: 25”
3:30-4:30 – Steve Hall- “The Confidence of the Missionary: Acts 20:26-27″​
4:30 – Dinner

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BFM Spring Conference 2017

in the interests of BAPTIST FAITH MISSIONS
April 24, 25, 26  |  2017
320 Thompson Road  |  Lexington KY 40508
Dave Parks & Todd Burus, Pastors
Dave Parks  |  859.223.8374  |


Monday Evening
5:00 – 6:00  Supper
7:00   Praise
7:20   Message: Pastor Michael Jones – Zion Baptist Church, Taylor MI
8:00   Praise
8:20   Message: Pastor Kevin Ridder – Bible Baptist Church, North Vernon IN

Tuesday Morning
9:30   Praise
9:45   Message: Pastor Stephen Clark – First Baptist Church, Hazel Park MI
10:25 Break
10:35 Message: Pastor Raul Bergerman – West Griffin Baptist Church, Griffin GA
11:00 General Seminar / Workshop – Prayer Groups & Sessions for our missionaries and churches | Ephesians 6:18
Led by Pastor David Pitman – Addyston Baptist Church, Addyston OH

12:00 Lunch
5:00 – 6:00  Supper

Tuesday Evening
7:00   Praise
7:20   Message: Pastor Tracy Herald – Emmanuel Baptist Church, Warren MI
8:00   Praise
8:20   Message: Pastor Aaron Karr – Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane WV

Wednesday Morning
10:00 Praise
10:20 Message: Nathan Radford – BFM Missionary to Kenya (Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane WV)
11:10  Break
11:20  Message:  Pastor Mark Pyles – Grace Baptist Church, Fairborn OH
12:00  Lunch
5:00-6:00  Supper

Wednesday Evening
7:00   Praise
7:30   Message: Pastor Russell Zik – Durbin Memorial Baptist Church, Lexington KY

CONFERENCE THEME: “…that the world may know…!”
John 17.20-23

Our Conference theme this year is: “…that the world may know…!” based on Jesus’ prayer in John 17.20-23.

Jesus Christ came to earth as the Father’s Missionary to the world. Here in John 17, when He commits Himself to the Cross, He prays that the Father will make good on the Father’s purpose for sending Him and for His purpose in coming.

That purpose is 4-fold: [1] that the peoples of the world will know that there is a God; [2] that the peoples of the world will know that He, the Father, is that God; [3] that the peoples of the world will know that He, God-the-Father, sent Christ into our world to be our Savior (John 4.42); [4] that the peoples of the world will know that He loves us and will save us through faith in Christ.

That has always been the purpose and thrust for Gospel missions into the world…from that time to right now.

We are emphasizing that our world is not only lost without God [as we have always been] – but our culture is becoming increasingly deficient in all God-consciousness and conscience and any knowledge at all of who God is in truth (Acts 17.22-31).  “Going to church” or “knowing about God” is no longer on people’s conscience or agenda.  They don’t have a personal sense that they need to or ought to have anything to do with God.

This is true world-wide.  We send missionaries to the nations of the world so “that the world may know.”  But, we must do this not only in the nations of the world that are on the other sides of our borders, but we must also pump up our efforts to reach out to the nations of peoples who live next door to our churches.

This same theme and message must motivate us and energize each of our churches as we seek to reach out to our respective communities. The world of our next-door neighbors also present us with the daily challenges and opportunities to show them and tell them who God is, and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us so we may know Him and live in Him.

Come and join us for these Conference messages and activities as we commit ourselves to proclaim the Gospel “…that the world may know…!”

Google Map for Quality Inn

We have secured special event rates if you choose to stay at the Quality Inn. These are probably the best rates you will find for comparable comfortable accommodations in Lexington.  And, this facility is close to our church site.  Rates are $59.00 per night plus taxes & fees for 1 queen bed and $65.00 per night plus taxes & fees for 2 double beds.  We are requesting that if you want to make reservations, that you follow these instructions:  [1] It is very important that you make your reservation as early as possible;  [2] ask for “Thompson Road Baptist Church Event” rates when you make your reservation;  [3] make your reservation by calling the desk @ 859.233.0561.

Or, you seasoned travelers may be able to find more reasonable accommodations than these though your own online searches or memberships.

WE ENCOURAGE CHURCHES TO PAY YOUR PASTOR’S [AND HIS WIFE] TRAVEL EXPENSES TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE.  It will give them the opportunity to enjoy what is always a much-needed physical and spiritual re-charging for your church’s ministry.  We use these Conference occasions to highlight and update our missions partners concerning our missionaries’ ministries and also stir up all of us to greater interest, investment, and involvement in our mutual missions endeavors.  He will come back to you with a greater burden, zeal, and enthusiasm for missions.

Will you take the lead to ask your church to do this for your pastor, our missionaries, and your church?

The Lord has blessed our church to make some much-needed upgrades and improvements to our facility to accommodate our own members and guests who suffer from physical mobility impairments.  We have installed an elevator-lift to transport persons from one level to the other, and also we have completely renovated or constructed new restrooms [both male and female] to make them wheelchair accessible.  These improvements will make all of our activities much more comfortable and accessible.


FROM SOUTH ON I-75: Get off at Exit 104 (Athens-Boonesborough). Turn west toward town. You will be on Athens-Boonesborough Road / Richmond Road Extension. As you approach Lexington, the road will become Richmond Road around Jacobson Park. Continue straight into Lexington. Richmond Road will become Main Street. You will pass the Rupp Arena / Lexington Convention Center on your left. Turn left at the next traffic light. This is Jefferson Street. Turn right in the middle of the overpass bridge onto Manchester. About one mile down Manchester, turn right on Thompson Road and come to the top of the hill.

FROM NORTH ON I-75 OR EAST / WEST ON I-64: I-75 and I-64 merge for a few miles on the north/northeast side of Lexington. Come to Exit 115 on 64/75. This is Newtown Pike (State Route 922). Turn south toward Lexington. Follow Newtown Pike until you come to Main Street. Go straight across Main Street onto Oliver Lewis Way.  Turn right at the next traffic light onto Manchester / Old Frankfort Pike. Follow Manchester about one mile. Turn right on Thompson Road and come to the top of the hill.

Every year we conduct sessions for the children [age 4 through grade 5] who attend our Conference services.  My wife, Debbie, conducts these learning and activity sessions.  Each year, we focus on a particular nation of the world, highlighting its culture and customs along with their need for the Gospel and opportunities to take the Gospel to those peoples.  Our Children’s Center is always set up with crafts and activities which engage the children’s attention and interests in the missions lessons.  This year’s Missionary focus will be on PERU.

We will designate the offerings received during this Conference to go toward supplying the needs of our veteran missionaries who are receiving pensions from BFM for their years of missionary service.  Those pensions are funded from an investment account we have set up for them.  We are also designating our annual Founders Day Offerings to this same purpose.  Please plan to bring and give as generous an offering as you can toward this worthy ministry.

If you cannot attend the Conference, but still want to give a gift, send it to our Treasurer:  Pastor George Sledd  |  PO Box 471280  |  Lake Monroe FL 32747-1280. Or, you can contribute online either by check/debit or by credit card.  Go to our website: and click on the DONATE/SUPPORT page.  Enter your designation for SPRING CONFERENCE OFFERING.

[You can download a Word document version of this information here.]

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Spring Conference Recaps 2016

Thank you to all who joined us at our 56th Annual Spring Missions Conference in Lexington, KY! “Every disciple…a disciple-maker!” Matthew 28.19

We had a great time of fellowship and were challenged by 10 speakers over 3 days. You can read some excerpts from each sermon by visiting our Facebook page and searching for #BFMspring2016.

2016 Spring ConferenceMay the effects of this conference be long-lasting and life-changing to the glory of God.

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