the Men's Conference

Paul got to the end of his life and said, “I have fought the good fight.”

Every man is in a fight. The only question is whether or not we realize it.

We are in a fight for our marriages.
We are in a fight for our kids.
We are in a fight for our holiness.
We are in a fight for God’s kingdom.

The good news is we are not alone in this fight. God has given us other brothers to stand alongside and fight with us! We want to bring the men in the Upstate together for 2 days so that we can learn to fight for what really matters and we can learn to fight God’s way.

Join us as we seek to fight the good fight.

Event Schedule

Friday, August 26

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 27

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

DJ Horton

D.J. has been the Senior Pastor of Church at The Mill since 2004. He often says his job as our shepherd is to focus on four P’s; prayer, preaching, people, and purpose.  An Alabama native raised in a pastor’s home, he 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.  

For his training, D.J. 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’s been happily married for over 21 years to his wife, Laurel. They are proud parents of six children: Ty, Micah, Lily, Grey, Rhett, and Evy. When he is not preaching or pastoring, D.J. is a passionate outdoorsman and an average golfer.

D.J. also founded Living Worthy Ministries to share his preaching, teaching, and other content to encourage and equip people to live lives worthy of The Lord. Check out livingworthyministries.com for sermons, blogs, podcasts, free resources, or to book him for a speaking engagement.

“This now is the Word of God”
Those six words spoken at the beginning of each sermon preached by Dr. Ted Traylor is the foundation of his ministry.  

Having  served as pastor of Olive Baptist Church since 1990, Pastor Traylor’s  heart is to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus. His bold and  practical preaching brings listeners to a fresh understanding of the  Bible and challenges Christians to become bondservants for Christ. His  greatest ministry honor is serving the Olive family and Pensacola  community. 

A lifelong enthusiastic sports fan, Pastor Traylor’s  coaching style of leadership allows teams to develop their spiritual  gifts as they serve in joy. Mentoring and training young pastors is a  particular passion, as he teaches in various conferences through the  year. To deliver the consistent message of knowing Christ and making Him  known is the heartbeat of all he does. 

Pastor Traylor is known  for his uncompromising stand on Biblical issues and strong defense of  the Christian faith. In addition to serving as First Vice-President of  the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000 and President of the Florida  Baptist Convention in 1995, Dr. Traylor was President of the Southern  Baptist Convention’s 2004 Pastors’ Conference, 2010 Pensacola Bay  Baptist Association moderator, and was part of the 2010 Great Commission  Resurgence Task force team. Currently Dr. Traylor is a speaker for  NAMB’s Who’s Your One conferences and proud to serve on the Fellowship  of Christian Athletes board for the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). 

Pastor  Traylor’s proudest accomplishment is his family. He has been married to  his beautiful wife, Liz, for forty-three years. They have two children,  Rachel and Bennett, and are enjoying life with the world’s cutest  granddaughters, Kathryn and Elizabeth.

Ted Traylor


Daniel Dickard is Lead Pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. 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. Daniel currently serves as the President of the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. With a focus on expository preaching, intercessory prayer, and the Great Commission, his aim is to see churches grow in health and strength. Daniel is married to Cassie, his wife, and together they have three children: Conrad, Kesyd, and Carolina. 


Dallas has been the Campus/Teaching Pastor at Upstate Church since 2018, when he joined the team of First Baptist Simpsonville at the age of 23. He loves to talk history, sports, and politics, but his greatest passion is the gospel. Dallas is a passionate preacher who strikes a strong balance of loving people and leading the mission. 

 Dallas earned his BA in History from Georgia Southern University and his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Jenna have been married for 8 years and have two beautiful daughters, Dani and Annie Jett. Aside from ministry, Dallas is a CrossFit fanatic, and he pulls for the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. 

dallas wilson


The Carolina Men's Conference is sponsored by
First Baptist Simpsonville | Upstate Church, Cedarwood Community Church,
Lake Bowen Baptist Church, Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Fountain Inn First Baptist, Rocky Creek Baptist, Oak Pointe Church, Cross Roads Baptist - Easley,
Overbrook Baptist Church, Monaghan Baptist Church, Selma Baptist Church,
Fairview Baptist Greer, Enoree Baptist Church, Unity Baptist, First Baptist Easley,
greer first baptist, KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH, Grassy Pond Baptist Church