2017 Statewide Fellowships of Georgia Meeting – Jonesboro, Ga

March 27-28, 2017

The 25th Annual Statewide Fellowships of Georgia Meeting

Independent Baptist Fellowships of Georgia

The Independent Baptist Fellowships of Georgia is a gathering of like minded independent baptist from across the state. In the early 1990’s, God burdened the heart of long time pastor and evangelist Dr. Raymond L. Hancock concerning the need for independent Baptist preachers to get together and encourage each other in the Lord. The first annual meeting of the fellowship took place in April of 1993. Since then, the fellowship has been meeting yearly for a time of lifting up Jesus, of fellowshipping with other ministers and encouraging one another in the ministry. This year marks the 25th Annual meeting. It will be held at Harvest Baptist Tabernacle, in Jonesboro, Ga where Dr. Joe Arthur is the pastor.

Meeting Brochure
Dr. Raymond L. Hancock
Moderators & Preachers
Joe Author
Co-Moderator & Host Pastor
Dr. Joe Author
Don Richards
Dr. Don Richards
Clarence Sexton
Special Guest Preacher
Special Guest Preacher
Dr. Clarence Sexton
Jack Trieber
Special Guest Preacher
Special Guest Preacher
Dr. Jack Trieber
Shelton Smith
Special Guest Preacher
Special Guest Preacher
Dr. Shelton Smith
Chris Peponis
Tri-State Representative Preacher
Pastor Chris Peponis
Our Fellowship Theme

“Together With Christ”

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God…

While we all have differences as to “how”, we are still on the same side doing our best to reach the world with the truth of the Gospel. This meeting is a time for us to strengthen and encourage each other..


The Tri-State preachers fellowship has been a great blessing and encouragement to me over the years. A few years ago I had a Military Doctor at home in Dalton ask me for some Arabic Gospels tracts to take back to Iraq. I did not have anything to print for him. That very same week at a fellowship, Bro. Charles Humphrey walk up to me and ask me “Bro. Spence could you use some Arabic New Testaments?” Could I? Only God can put together such providence. GLORY TO GOD! We shipped 3 cases of Arabic New Testaments to Iraq at a reduced cost provided by the U.S. Military. Later I was told that they were placed on a table at the hospital in Bagdad and Muslims would come by and pick up one as they left the compound. I believe God worked it all out and we will see some saved Iraqis when we get to Heaven. Thank God for our fellowship.

Rick SpencePastor of New Life Baptist Church

Since early in 1984, I have been a member of the Tri-State Independent Baptist Pastor’s Fellowship. Through the years, the fellowship with God’s men and the preaching of God’s Word have proven to be a great blessing in this preacher’s life. There have been occasions when I have gone to the monthly fellowship discouraged, but I have never left discouraged. Thank God we have maintained an emphasis on the preaching of God’s Word and the exalting of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God help us to endeavor to strengthen what He has blessed us with in this great fellowship.

George PinionPastor of Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church

The Tri-State Fellowship has been a blessing to me personally. The preaching is consistently Biblical and inspiring each month. The Fellowship is delightful and genuine. I have built some lasting, fruitful friendships in these 22 years of being a part of the Tri-State Fellowship that has help me remain steadfast and faithful in the ministry.

Tim McCulleyPastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church, Calhoun GA

The Tri-State Preachers Fellowship is truly a great fellowship. When I came to Dalton 38 years ago and started our church I did not know one person in Whitfield County and definitely did not know another preacher in the North Georgia area. It was such an wonderful day when a preacher in the fellowship invited me to attend a meeting. When I attended the first meeting I was so encouraged by the powerful messages and was challenged to go back to my field and do all that could to reach and minister to people. I’m so thankful for the privilege of being a part of such an encouraging and helpful Fellowship.

Wayne CofieldPastor of Whitfield Baptist Church; Fellowship Moderator