Former atheist at Baptist event

DEL CITY – Best-selling author Lee Strobel, a former atheist who is now a Christian, will be among the headline speakers at the Baptist General Convention (BGCO) of Oklahoma’s annual State Evangelism Conference on Jan. 25-26, at First Southern Baptist Church in Del City (6400 S Sooner Rd., Del City, OK 73135).

The BGCO event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to equip and inspire pastors and church members to share the Gospel with others. Strobel, who is a former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and author of more than 20 books including The Case for Christ, will speak on Monday evening.

Other speakers at the SEC include:

  • Sean McDowell, assistant professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University and son of author and apologetics expert Josh McDowell;
  • BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan;
  • Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the San Diego, Calif., Rock Church;
  • Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministries courses at Southeastern Baptist Seminary; and,
  • Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia.

“Any one of these speakers could headline any Christian event,” said Mike Napier, BGCO personal evangelism specialist who leads the event. “We are hoping many from across the state will come to this event and be inspired to share the Gospel in powerful ways in Oklahoma.

“In addition to powerful speakers, we have sought-after musical groups, including Master’s Voice and the Annie Moses Band, which will have a huge impact at the event.”

The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired will be available at the event. For a full event schedule or to register, visit