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2023 Annual Conference

On October 22nd and 23rd, the Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Churches met in Plover, WI, for their annual conference. The theme this year was Snapshots from Church History. I had the privilege of kicking off the two-day event on Sunday evening with a session addressing the question, "Why study church history?" The following day, WARBC pastors presented six "snapshots" from church history, offering concise summaries of the lives and influence of John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, John Knox, Theodore Beza, Katharina von Bora, and John Bunyan.

You can access audio and video recordings of the conference sessions at (Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of the first session were not recorded).

As usual, the conference doubled as the annual meeting, during which the WARBC unanimously elected Norman Smith as the new State representative, taking over responsibilities from the recently retired Steve Schultz.

In addition to his WARBC State Rep responsibilities, Norman is part of ABWE’s EveryEthne, focusing on supporting pastors and churches in fulfilling the Great Commission in the Midwest and around the world. Previous to moving back to Wisconsin, Norman was the Field Team Leader for ABWE Japan since 2019, where he was responsible for monthly and annual meetings, ongoing missionary training, leading strategic planning, and missionary member care. Norman is also the author of What Do I Do Now: A Process for Making God-Honoring Decisions and Pre-Field With a Purpose: A Guide for New Missionaries.

You can reach Norman at

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