Times of Refreshing
Southwide 2015 Report
by Pastor Tim Cruse, Vice Moderator
The 2015 Southwide Independent Baptist Fellowship was held on October 12-14 at the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, NC. Dr. Bobby Roberson was the host pastor with Dr. David Gibbs serving as Moderator. Our theme this year was “Courageous Faith.” The meeting was well-attended and blessed by God.
From the hearty congregational singing led by Dr. John Reynolds to the soul-stirring Gospel Light choir led by Bro. Tim Hicks to the Christ-exalting special music from various college groups and guests to the Spirit-led moderating of Dr. Gibbs to the powerful Bible preaching of God’s men to the honoring of Pastor Bobby Roberson for 65 years of faithful service to Jesus Christ to the sweet fellowship of God’s people, this year’s meeting was truly a time of refreshing!
Many in attendance commented on how the meeting lifted up the Lord Jesus Christ as worthy of our all and the answer to the challenges we face in this hour. Bible messages on prayer, courageous faith, confidence in God’s Word and advancing the gospel resonated throughout each service.
Other highlights include:
- Remembering “Mrs. Jackie” and honoring the Roberson family.
- 500 children and adults reached through the bus ministry lining the pulpit area as a watch engraved with “4 million” indicating the total number of bus riders to Gospel Light Baptist Church through the years was presented to Bro. Bobby.
- Dr. Clarence Sexton preaching for the first time in 3 months after open-heart surgery.
- The Dan Hawtree family being showered with love gifts and prayers for 4-year-old Caiden who has already had 3 open-heart surgeries.
- Evangelist Kerby Campbell testifying of God’s sufficient grace through extreme physical suffering.
- Church and school groups traveling long distances on buses to attend the meeting, and many other blessings to savor.
The Southwide Independent Baptist Fellowship would like to thank Pastor Bobby Roberson, his staff, and the wonderful people of Gospel Light Baptist Church for all their hard work, support, and prayers. Special thanks also to Steve Kluth and the staff of the Christian Law Association for their bountiful efforts, the Fundamental Broadcasting Network and WPIP Radio for broadcasting the services live, to Caleb Cruse for our website, conference booklet, and promotion designs, and to this year’s exhibitors.
Appreciation is also extended to the following men for allowing God to use them to preach His Word in this year’s meeting: Ron Baity, Kerby Campbell, Byron Foxx, Dan Hawtree, Johnny Pope, Tim Rabon, Jim Schettler, Clarence Sexton, Ralph Sexton, Don Sisk, and John Wilkerson.
Southwide 2016 will be held on October 10-12 at the Shining Light Baptist Church in the greater Charlotte area of Monroe, NC. Pastor John Reynolds will serve as the Moderator with Pastor T. Kevan Bartlett serving as Vice Moderator. Our church family looks forward to hosting you as we all are challenged to realize anew that God has placed us where we are, doing what we’re doing for His glory, “For Such a Time as This!”
*Check back soon for 2015 conference photos and more.