BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Birmingham, Ala., conference president Danny Wood announced Dec. 17.
Meanwhile, Andrew Brunson, the American pastor released this fall from imprisonment in Turkey, has been added to the June 9-10 lineup of speakers, the Pastors' Conference announced in late November. Brunson will preach from Matthew 5:10 -- "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs."
Wood said via Twitter that MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, "contacted me personally to say he is stepping away from all outside speaking engagements for a season (including Pastors Conference 2019). Thankful for this brother, and he has my prayers as he focuses upon his own local church ministry." Read More