World Mission Conference 2019

Around the Corner, Around the World.

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 The World Mission Conference is a three day conference that unites church members and community leaders in the name of local and global missions. This Thomasville-based conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and service opportunities.

Letter from the Conference Chairs

This year marks the 44th consecutive year that the First Presbyterian Church World Mission Conference has supported our FPC mission partners in proclaiming the good news of His salvation. Our efforts range from supporting local community development and diversity relationship initiatives, to Bible translation in the Philippines, to providing access to clean water on multiple continents.

The “Around the Corner, Around the World” theme of the 2019 conference will celebrate both our local and international mission partners, and will highlight our role as members of the Body of Christ who are to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Join us as we reach beyond our church walls.

In Christ’s Love,

Joel & Julie Barrett, Conference Chairs








Andrew Adair

The Antioch Partners

Andrew serves as the Executive Director of The Antioch Partners (TAP), a missional organization designed to expand long-term (2+ years), cross-cultural, incarnational ministry opportunities for Presbyterians worldwide. TAP became operational in the summer of 2007 and more than sixty Partners have now been appointed for service through TAP. Andrew and his wife, Teri, who serves as TAP’s Personnel Coordinator, partner with local Presbyterian churches in the assessment, training, sending, support, and care of long-term, cross-cultural missionaries. They believe that God is continuing to call men and women from Presbyterian churches to serve the world in creative ways, and structures like TAP are necessary to help these servants thrive in their ministry callings. 

Andrew and Teri met and married while they were studying at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. They have three children: Rebekah, Gabrielle, and Matthew. The Adair Family is grateful for the privilege of partnering with local Presbyterian churches to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus through local and global community development projects.


Lee Allen Jenkins

Lee Jenkins Group & Eagles Nest Church

Lee is the president of Lee Jenkins Group; a ministry outreach, financial education, and consulting firm. He is also the Founder and Senior Pastor of Eagles Nest Church in Roswell, Georgia.  

Lee is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee. After graduation, he was drafted by the New York Giants of the NFL, but after one year, an injury cut his football career short. After serving as the road and business manager for the Grammy-Award winning gospel group, The Winans, he began his 25-year career in the financial services industry.  Today, he is in high demand as a speaker at conferences, churches, and to college and professional sports teams.  In addition, Lee has authored several books on personal finances over the last fifteen years. His latest one, Lee Jenkins On Money: Real Solutions to Financial Challenges (2009) made the Black Christian Bestseller’s List along with notable authors such as T.D. Jakes, Colin Powell, Tony Dungy, George Foreman, and Tony Evans.  More recently, Lee was named one of the 70 Most Influential Black Christians in the U.S. by the Black Christian News Network. 

Lee has been happily married to the love of his life, Martica, for 28 years. They have three children, Kristin, Martin, and Ryan.

Carmen LaBerge

Author, Speaker & Radio Talk Show Host

Carmen is passionate about helping people reconnect the eternal with the everyday and equipping Christians to engage the culture in ways that honor Jesus. She is known for standing firm as a convictional Christian who speaks with veracity, humility and humor bringing the mind of Christ to bear on the issues of the day.

Carmen LaBerge is a writer, speaker, Christian radio talk show host and trusted evangelical voice in a time when evangelical leadership is offered considered suspect. In her role as Executive Director of the Common Ground Christian Network, Carmen convenes others to the table of collaboration where the unified witness of the .ody of the Christ can be manifested to the disintegrated world with grace and truth. She is also the author of Speak the Truth: How to Bring God back into every Conversation (2017).

Following 20+ years of ministry in congregational, renewal and national ministry contexts, Carmen’s first foray into radio came with the launch of Reconnect with Carmen LaBerge in 2016 on Salem Media. That program is currently the NRB Radio Program of the year. In March 2017, Reconnect with Carmen was rebranded as Connecting Faith and moved from Salem to national syndication on the Faith Radio network. Here she continues to bring the mind of Christ to bear on the headline news and interview hundreds of thought leaders, pastors, authors, journalists, and academics on the topics Christians need most to hear. Carmen also writes and records a daily one-minute commentary called ReconnectOne broadcast on more than 450 stations nationwide. Both programs are available for distribution via Amb-OS.

Carmen has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida (1990) and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1993). Born in Indiana, raised in Tampa, Florida, Carmen has lived in New Jersey, California, Texas, Georgia, South and North Carolina. She now lives outside of Nashville on a 45 acre farm with her husband and family.


Stu Ross

The Outreach Foundation | East Africa

Stu serves as The Outreach Foundation’s East Africa Mission Consultant. Based in Kikuyu, Kenya, he and his team are responsible for partnering through the Mission Projects Committee of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (a denomination that is growing by 15% each year) in a ministry of building schools, churches, and girls rescue centers as well as managing water projects. They also arrange for volunteer church groups to come to Kenya and participate in the work of projects that they have helped fund. This gives U.S. churches an opportunity to not only help financially but also to work side-by-side with Kenyan partners. 

While in the U.S., Stu speaks widely about God’s mission in East Africa, inviting new partners to share in this work. Through these efforts, over 300 churches and over 100 schools have been built, hundreds of girls have been cared for, and over 500 evangelists have been trained.


Dr. Stephen Woodworth

International Theological Education Network

Stephen is a native of New England who has served the EPC for over a decade as a church planter, a professor, and a global worker. In his current role as the Associate Coordinator of ITEN, Steve is charged with the task of helping to develop 10 pastoral training centers in 10 countries around the globe. 

A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv & DMin.), Steve serves as a staff writer for Think Christian and The Gospel Coalition. When he is not traveling overseas conducting site development, Steve regularly preaches at local churches, conferences, retreats, and colleges.

He currently resides in Columbia, SC with his wife Carrie and their three boys, Luke, Andrew and Zachary.