the Men's Conference

Life in a world like ours encourages compromise. Satan tempts us to give up the fight, give ground to sin, and give in to temptation. God has a different call for Christian men. God calls us to Stand Firm. In the Bible, God commands Christians 17 times to stand firm! 
Stand firm. Hold the line. Don’t give an inch. How would your life be different if in all the places you were giving in, you decided to stand firm?
How would your life be different if you decided to stand firm in all the places you were giving in?
Join us for the 2024 Carolina Men’s Conference as we learn to Stand Firm!

Event Schedule

Friday, August 25

Check In: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6pm - 7pm
Session One: 7pm - 8:15pm
Break: 8:15pm - 8:30pm
Session Two: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, August 26

Coffee and Doughnuts: 8:30am - 9am
Optional Church Break Out Time: 8:30am - 9am
Session Three: 9am - 10:15am
Break: 10:15am - 10:30am
Session Four: 10:30am -11:15am
Optional Church Break Out Time:
11:30am -12:30pm (You can choose to have a box lunch provided)

featured speakers

daniel dickard

Daniel Dickard is the Senior Pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. He is the author of Church Together: The Church of We in the Age of Me and a two-time graduate (Ph.D. and M.Div.) of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Daniel is also a graduate of North Greenville University (B.A.) in Tigerville, SC.
In addition to his service to the local church, Daniel served as the President of the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at North Greenville University and serves on the Board of Reference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. With a focus on expository preaching, intercessory prayer, and the Great Commission, his aim is to see God’s church grow in health and strength. Daniel is married to Cassie and they have four children: Conrad, Kesyd, Carolina, and Kali-Jane. In his downtime, Daniel enjoys running, outdoor adventures, spending time with his family, and reading.
An Alabama native raised in a pastor’s home, D.J. came to know Christ personally as an eight-year-old boy. His call to ministry became very clear during college. Growing spiritually but struggling with feelings of unworthiness to pastor people, D.J. began to really grasp the greatness of the grace of God. This revelation set his heart on fire to use his gifts of preaching and leadership to help others know and experience the amazing reality of God’s grace in Christ.
Dr. Horton is the Senior Pastor of Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During his 20-year tenure of leading the church, Church at The Mill has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing churches in North America. In addition to his pastorate, D.J. is a frequent speaker at FCA camps, NCAA and NFL chapels, and pastor’s conferences. An Alabama native, he earned a B.S. from Auburn University, where he was a member of the football team. He received an M.Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate degree in preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has been happily married for over 23 years to his wife, Laurel. They are proud parents to six children: Ty, Micah, Lily, Grey, Rhett, and Evy. When he is not preaching or pastoring, D.J. is a passionate outdoorsman who loves his time in the woods or the water with friends and family.

dj horton

Josh Saefkow

A native of Creston, Ohio, Pastor Josh Saefkow came to Flat Creek Baptist in December of 2016. He has an earned Doctorate from Gateway Seminary of Los Angeles, California. He is married to Kelsie Saefkow from Macon, GA. They have two daughters, Chloe and Sophie.

I love being a part of the team at Upstate Church! Having the opportunity to preach every week at an Upstate Church Campus is such a blessing to my life. This church has been such a blessing to my little family. I moved to the Upstate with my wife Jenna and my little girl Dani in 2018. Since then, we’ve added another little girl, made countless friends, and seen God move in big ways! If you can’t find me at the church I am probably putting together puzzles with Dani, watching movies with Jenna, writing never-ending papers for class, or doing CrossFit at CrossFit Fountain Inn!

Dallas wilson



Conference Guide




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