Abide Pre-Conference

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 (1:00 pm – 4:15 pm)



Check In

Noon – 1:00 pm

Welcome & Get to Know the Plenary Speakers

1:00 – 1:20 pm | Tara Dew, Donna Gaines, Heather Johnson, Andrea Lennon

First Set of Breakouts (choose one)

1:30 – 2:00 pm

    • Mary: The First Christian Theologian | Dr. Tyler & Jessie Wittman
    • Mental & Emotional Health for Families and Women in the Church | Dr. Kathy Steele & Tsuwainla Jamir

Second Set of Breakouts (choose one)

2:10 – 2:40 pm

    • Reading Psalms in an Age of Screens | Dr. Ethan & Emily Jones
    • Reclaiming Biblical Worship in a Secularized Culturee | Nate Jernigan & Meredith Andrews

Networking Activities

2:40 – 3:10 pm

    • International Missions with Michelle Chitwood (IMB) and Greg & Page Mathias (NOBTS) | Global Mission Center
    • Church Planting and Send Relief in North America with Catherine Renfro (NAMB) and George & Joy Ross (NOBTS/NAMB) | NAMB Center
    • Archaeology and Bible Museum Tour with Amy Williams
    • Plus mingle with other Conference Exhibitors around the LSC Atrium and visit Cafe New Orleans!

A Message from the NOBTS President

3:15 – 3:35 pm | Dr. Jamie Dew

Snacks & Books Signing:

3:45 – 4:15 pm | Mississippi Fountain

    • Dr. Jamie Dew
    • Dr. Tara Dew
    • Dr. Emily Dean


First Set of Breakouts

Mary: The First Christian Theologian

Tyler & Jessie Wittman

Christians have always seen Mary as an example of what it means to follow God. Her Magnificat reveals a woman soaked in scripture and thereby able to understand and interpret how God is at work in His people’s lives. What can we learn from a woman about theology? And how does this encourage all women to step into the role of disciple and student of theology?

Mental & Emotional Health for Families and Women in the Church

Kathy Steele & Tsuwainla Jamir

Mental and emotional health in our families is a priority for our spiritual health. We will discuss how mental and emotional health are foundational for a healthy family and church, and how women can learn to guide themselves, their family, and their church in this direction.

Second Set of Breakouts

Reading Psalms in an Age of Screens

Ethan & Emily Jones

We are constantly distracted and do all we can to resist boredom. We scroll screens, compare our lives to the edited versions of others, and binge our nights away streaming shows. We go to sleep and wake up wondering if our mundane life has real meaning. The Psalms speak loudly to our moment, and in this talk, we consider how we can learn to listen to what is good, true, and beautiful.

Reclaiming Biblical Worship in a Secularized Culture

Nate Jernigan & Meredith Andrews

The Bible speaks clearly on the topic of Christian worship. In this breakout, we will learn how to understand and speak into the practice of corporate and personal worship from a biblical perspective.

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