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Shepherding 2020

January 30 - February 1, 2020


The Kentucky Baptist Convention and Baptist Health appreciate all you do to serve the Lord and His church, and we would consider it a privilege to minister to you at Shepherding 2020. Drawing inspiration from the Apostle Paul who reminded elders in Act 20 to keep watch over their flocks and themselves, Shepherding is designed to provide a special time where ministers and their spouses can relax, recharge and return home renewed.

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike

Lexington, KY 40511



Plenary Speakers

TIM HARRIS is senior pastor of Woodburn Baptist Church in Woodburn, Ky., where he has served 24 years. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, PhD), an artist and avid runner. Tim and his wife, Kacy, have been married for 31 years and they have a son, Wade, who is in his final semester at SBTS.
JAMAAL WILLIAMS is the lead pastor of Sojourn Midtown in Louisville, Ky. Jamaal, a native of Chicago, is a graduate of Michigan State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A., D.Ed.Min in Black Church Leadership). He is married to Amber, and they are the parents of Nia (9), Josiah (8), Kayla (6), Micah (3), and Judah (3).
BRAD and MARILYN RHOADS are the co-founders of Grace Marriage and have led marriage retreats, authored coaching materials and provided leadership development training. Brad, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, worked full time as an attorney for more than 20 years and as a lay pastor of marriage since 2010. Marilyn holds a psychology degree from Lipscomb University, a masters in social work from University of Southern Indiana, and worked with children at Counseling Associates of Owensboro. The couple have been married since 1996 and have five children. 


Women's Speaker

TANYA YORK is a teacher with the Seminary Wives Institute at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where her husband, Hershael York, serves as the dean of the School of Theology and professor of Christian Preaching. Tanya has led women's Bible study for nearly four decades. She serves with her husband as the senior pastor's wife at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky. The couple have been married for 38 years, have two adult sons and five grandchildren.

Worship Leader

BO WARREN is worship pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky. He travels th country leading worship and playing concerts. Bo has shared the stage with such artists as Chris Rice, Brian Littrel of the Backstreet Boys, Point of Grace and Chris Tomlin. Bo is also a songwriter and recently released his album, "This is Where We Stand," a collection of worship songs written specifically for the church. He and his wife, Danielle, have two daughters: McKenzie and Mia.

Charles Billingsley in concert Thursday night only!

Charles Billingsley is one of Christian music's most captivating and inspirational voices. Launching his career more than two decades ago with New Song, Charles has since headlined more than 3,000 concerts and released 24 recordings as a solo artist. He regularly appears as such events as Women of Joy and Gridiron Men and Celebrations. He and his wife, Shae, have two teenage sons and call San Diego home.


The cost is $250 per couple. This includes lodging, meals and the conference fee.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 30

1:30 pm       Registration

2:00 pm       General Session 1

3:45 pm       Women’s only session

6:00 pm       Dinner

7:00 pm       General Session 2 (concludes at approx. 8:30 pm)

Friday, January 31

8:00 am        Breakfast

9:00 am        General Session 3

11:00 am      Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm        Breakout Sessions (conclude at 2:30 pm)

Free time and date night (dinner on your own)

Saturday, February 1

8:00 am        Coffee & Connection

8:30 am        Breakfast

9:30 am        General Session 4

10:45 am      Conclusion


Made possible through funding from Baptist Health and the Cooperative Program.