About the Conference
Born out of a desire to minister to pastors and their wives serving in pioneer areas, MacArthur Blvd has hosted the Ron Dunn Encourager Conference since 1975. The goal of the conference has always been to encourage and refresh guest couples and send them back with a renewed commitment to advance the kingdom.
We bring in pioneer pastor couples from across the country. While they are here, they will attend the conference as honored guests. Our responsibility as a church body is to welcome, love, encourage and pray for these couples.
Year after year we have been privileged to serve these couples and send them out with hearts full of encouragement and gratitude. It is often difficult to determine who receives the greatest blessing from the conference—the guest pastors and wives or the church body.
2019 Guest Speaker – Dr. Charlie Dates
Rev. Charlie is Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.
In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 95-year history.
Rev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
For reasons that please Him, God has blessed the Progressive Church to grow deep and wide.
Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
Sunday, September 22
Regular Morning Schedule
9:30 & 11:00 a.m. – Services
8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. – Community Groups
6:00 p.m. – Evening of Praise
7:00 p.m. – Sandwich Supper
Monday – Wednesday, September 23-25
8:45 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Men’s Session
9:30 a.m. – Women’s Session
11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Noon Session
6:30 p.m. – Evening Service