Refresh Conference

Event date: January 30–February 2, 2018

A Conference for Christian Leaders and Spouses

“Great preaching and fellowship. The conference lived up to its name—refreshing!”
“The service and appreciation directed towards us as pastors were very encouraging and enjoyable.”

Every year I receive numerous emails and letters with comments like these as God continues to bless our Refresh Conference. We look forward to serving you as you enjoy fellowshipping with other ministry leaders and spending focused time in God’s Word.

This year’s theme is Down but Not Out: Ministering with Disappointment. Join us this year as we focus on encouragement through the difficulties in ministry. We have a great line-up of speakers ready to encourage you. Mark your calendar, and plan to join me for this refreshing time.

Dr. Jim Tillotson


Dr. Gary Anderson: President Emeritus, Baptist Mid-Missions

Gary Anderson was installed as President of Baptist Mid-Missions in November 1989. He served two years as a member of Baptist Mid-Missions Advisory Council before being appointed as Executive Vice President in July 1987. Anderson served as pastor of Springville (Pennsylvania) Baptist Church from 1975 to 1987. Anderson holds a B.A. in Bible from Bob Jones University (1972) and an M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary (1975). He was honored with the Doctor of Divinity Degree by Baptist Bible College and Seminary in 1990. Gary and his wife, Barbara, have three adult children and make their home in Grafton, Ohio.

Rev. Jason LaFlamme: Pastor, Munising Baptist Church, Munising, Michigan

Jason grew up in Munising, which is in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He earned both BA (1993) and MM (2005) degrees from Northland Baptist Bible College. Following his graduation, the Lord led him back to his home church, Munising Baptist, where he has served as an assistant pastor (1996-2003) and currently serves as their senior pastor. Jason is an avid sportsman; he enjoys playing hockey and often uses his love for the outdoors as an opportunity to share the gospel. He passionately lives and preaches the Word and is privileged to serve alongside his wife Julie and their three children.

Dr. Doug McLachlan: Former Pastor, Fourth Baptist Church, Plymouth, Minnesota

Dr. McLachlan has served as Pastor at First Baptist Church, New Ulm, Minnesota; Bethany Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, Michigan; and Fourth Baptist Church, Plymouth, Minnesota. While senior pastor of Fourth Baptist Church, Dr. McLachlan served as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and taught in the areas of homiletics and pastoral theology. Following his retirement from pastoral ministry at Fourth Baptist Church in 2007, he returned to Northland in a part-time teaching and itinerate ministry. Beginning in 2012 he rejoined the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary where he serves as Chancellor and part-time professor of Pastoral Theology in the M. Div. and D. Min programs. In addition, he continues to engage in itinerant teaching and Bible Conference ministries.

Rev. Patrick Odle: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio

Patrick Odle is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Elyria, Ohio, having served there since 2011. Before being called to Elyria, Patrick served as the Chaplain and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, his alma mater. During that time he also served as Interim Pastor in two Iowa churches. Prior to serving at FBBC&TS he was the Senior Pastor for nine years at Holmes Baptist Church in Clarion, Iowa and the Associate Pastor at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Pastor Odle is married to his high school sweetheart, Ruth. God has blessed them with four children. In his free time Patrick unapologetically cheers on his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially gardening and deer hunting.

Dr. Les Ollila: Former President, Northland Baptist Bible College

After graduating from Bob Jones University, Les Ollila served as the youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church is Roseville, Michigan, and as a staff evangelist for Life Action Ministries. He was president of Northland Baptist Bible College from 1984 to 2002 and led the school to an enrollment of more than 6000 students. Dr. O, as he is affectionately called, later became the chancellor of the school. He now has an itinerant ministry to pastors and churches.

Rev. Ed Sears: Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Reverend Ed Sears is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Winston Salem, NC; wherein he has completed 35 years of ministry. In 1971 he and his wife, Linda, both came to Christ the same day. After the call of God upon his life, he attended Tennessee Temple where he was an honor graduate with a degree in theology. Presently he serves as Vice President of the BMM Foundation and is also a member of: Finance Committee, Administrative Committee and recently served on Strategic Search Committee (for CEO & CFO). He has served as volunteer chaplain for the Novant Health, Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Dept. He has conducted leadership workshops in Alaska, Thailand, Brazil, and Malta. He presently leads a multi-level staff church ministry that serves a growing church family.

Dr. Will Senn: Pastor, Tri-City Baptist Church, Westminster, Colorado

Dr. Will Senn graduated from Bob Jones University with a Master of Divinity. He served as pastor of University Baptist Church in Clemson, South Carolina for eighteen years. While in Clemson, Dr. Senn founded Cross Impact Campus Ministries, a ministry to reach the secular campuses of America. He serves on several missionary and college boards and teaches as an adjunct professor at several fundamental colleges and seminaries. In 2002, Pastor Senn was called to be pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, Colorado where he and his wife, Allissa, serve.

Dr. Jim Tillotson: President, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Dr. Tillotson became the president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in June of 2015. He previously served for eighteen years as the senior pastor of Meadowlands Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. During that time he led the church in planting four other churches and helped to start a Christian school and a small Bible institute. Dr. Tillotson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Ministry degrees from Northland Baptist Bible College. In 2016 Bob Jones University conferred on him the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Jim serves on the U.S. and Canadian councils of Baptist Mid-Missions and on the board of Grand View Camp in Eagar, Arizona.

Music for the conference provided by Forever Be Sure.

Start planning now for the 2018 Refresh Conference at Faith.

If you are a Christian leader and spouse in any kind of ministry, this conference is for you.

• Senior Pastor
• Associate or Assistant Pastor
• Youth Pastor
• Discipleship Pastor
• Children’s Pastor

• Music Pastor
• Evangelism or Outreach Pastor
• Missionary Pastor
• Deacon

8:30 Grand Prize Drawing
9:00 General Session: Doug McLachlan General Session: Patrick Odle General Session: Will Senn
10:20 General Session: Ed Sears General Session: Jason LaFlamme General Session: Gary Anderson
11:30–1:30 Lunch Served Lunch Served
11:30 Workshop #1

Gary Anderson

Mark Davis

Jeff Newman

Joan Tillotson

Ron Byers

Panel Discussion
12:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:30 Registration

2:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Workshop #2

Paul Hartog

Will Senn

Faith Taylor

Chris Brown

Patrick Odle

Workshop #3

Ken Rathbun

Doug Brown

Dean Taylor

Alne Hartog

Chris Brown

Ron Byers (Q&A)

5:30 Pre-Conference Seminar

3:30—Chris Brown

Banquet for Pastors and Wives
6:30 Mini Concert: Chorale Mini Concert: Forever Be Sure Mini Concert: Orchestra & Handbells
7:00 General Session: Ed Sears General Session: Les Ollila General Session: Jim Tillotson
8:30 Alumni Reception

Faith, Omaha, Denver

Alumni & Friends Reception


Alumni & Friends Reception


Registration for the Refresh Conference will open on October 2.
For more information, contact Briana Harrier at 515.964.0601, ext. 234.

Refresh 2017 Recap