News Articles

2nd Pastors’ Wives Session to spread ‘Contagious Joy’

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–“Contagious Joy” is the theme for the second annual Pastors’ Wives Session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference in Greensboro, N.C., and the program features several noted pastors’ wives sharing ways God has given them joy in their life experiences.

The session, which is Monday, June 12, from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., is free of charge and no registration is necessary. Doors open at 8 a.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium, adjacent to the Greensboro Coliseum.

“Contagious Joy” is based on 1 Peter 1:8, which says in part, “… you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible full of glory.” Donna Gaines, wife of Steve Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., said the session is designed to address some of the needs indicated on a survey that last year’s participants completed.

“Sometimes the circumstances of our lives and the trials we encounter can dampen our joy,” Gaines, the meeting’s organizer, said.

Speakers will include Anita Renfroe, a regular humorist at “Women of Faith” conferences, who will speak on having joy in worship and laughter; Liz Traylor, wife of Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla., speaking on joy in darkness; Jeana Floyd, wife of Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., speaking on joy in healing; Carol Ann Draper, wife of James T. Draper Jr., retired president of LifeWay Christian Resources, speaking on joy in learning from the past; Ginger Spradlin, wife of Roger Spradlin, co-pastor of Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif., speaking on joy in ministering outside the Bible Belt; Elizabeth Luter, wife of Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, speaking on joy in restoration; and Teresa Brown, wife of Joe Brown, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., speaking on joy in peace.

A panel discussion will address “Hot Topics in the Ministry.”

In addition to Gaines, Traylor, Floyd and Draper, other women serving on the ministry’s board include Susie Hawkins of Dallas; Diane Nix of Tulsa, Okla.; Barbara O’Chester of Austin, Texas; Joyce Rogers of Memphis, Tenn.; and Janet Wicker of Naples, Fla.

    About the Author

  • Staff