Conversion: What is God’s role? What is our role? What should we expect of those who are converted?

Your answer to these questions dramatically impacts how you do ministry.

The trouble is that too many churches have stopped asking these questions since they’ve lost sight of how important a right understanding of conversion is. All sorts of bad consequences result. Yet, the picture of a church of genuinely converted people is beautiful, and a right understanding of the doctrine is powerful for ministry.

The fourth 9Marks at Southern conference will explore why a healthy church is one that truly understands the idea of conversion.


R. Albert Mohler Jr.

R. Albert Mohler Jr.


R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals.

In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues.

Mark Dever

Mark Dever


Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Dr. Dever holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries.

Dr. Dever has authored several books and articles, most recently, The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive, co-authored with Jamie Dunlap (2015) and The Church: The Gospel Made Visible (2012). Mark and his wife Connie have two adult children.

John Onwucheckwa

John Onwuchekwa


John Onwucheckwa is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Texas, John earned his Master of Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

John previously served as the College Pastor of Lifeline Bible Fellowship and the Teaching Pastor and co-founder of Blueprint Church. John and his wife Shawndra live in Atlanta.

Zane Pratt

Zane Pratt


Zane Pratt served as Dean of the Billy Graham School at Southern Seminary from 2011-2013 before returning to the International Mission Board where he now serves as Vice President for Global Training. He had served previously with the IMB from 1991-2011 as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia.

Prof. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is co-author of Introduction to Global Missions and a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission.

Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert


Greg Gilbert is the senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?James: A 12-Week Study, and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?

Greg felt called to ministry while studying at Yale University and has served as pastor of Third Avenue since 2010. He and his wife Moriah have three children.

Curtis Woods


Curtis A. Woods earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). He holds a Th.M. in Pastoral Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving the Ruben S. Connor award in evangelism and discipleship. In 2012, Curtis became the Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

He is married to the virtuous Tracy Y. Woods of North Little Rock, AR. They have three sons and reside in Louisville, KY. Tracy and the boys are his best friends.

About 9Marks


Southern Seminary is excited to partner with 9Marks for our fourth annual 9Marks at Southern Conference.

9Marks is dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for building healthy churches that display the glory of God. Too many pastors have been taught to define “success” with statistics and emotional highs. 9Marks exists to help church leaders define success as faithfulness to God, his Word, and his people.

To find our more information about 9Marks, visit their website:

Check out videos on the Nine Marks of a Healthy church here!







Friday, February 26

8-10 a.m. Conference Check-in
10 a.m. General Session I
11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Noon Lunch
2 p.m. General Session II
3 p.m. Panel Discussion
4 p.m. General Session III
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. General Session IV
8:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 27

8 a.m. Breakfast*
9 a.m. General Session V
10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
10:45 a.m. General Session VI


*Optional Add-On
















Conference Rates

January 1 – February 20
Regular $109
SBTS/Boyce Alumni $89
Student $89
Military/Veteran $59

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Credit Cards Accepted:
Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover.
Meals are included in the fee for the conference. Special dietary needs will be accommodated upon arrival.

Registration Terms and Conditions

There are no discounted rates available for the conference. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Partial refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds must be requested in writing before February 5, 2016. A $15.00 process fee per registrant will be charged. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after February 5.

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Legacy Hotel

Comfortable, convenient lodging for 9Marks at Southern.

Located on the historic campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, The Legacy Hotel offers modern amenities, friendly service, high-tech capabilities, a convenient location, plus something no other conference center can provide: Southern Seminary.

On-Campus Hotel

2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280

Tel: (502) 736-0600
Fax: (877) 444-7287

Standard — $109.99
Jr. Suite — $119.99
Double/Suite — $124.99
2 Bedroom Suite — $134.99
Family Suite — $124.99
Jr. Executive Suite — $159.99
Executive Suite — $169.99

A 50% deposit is required to secure reservations. Cancellations made prior to 24 hours before your reservation is eligible for a 25% refund of your deposit.

*Limited rooms available.

Additional Lodging Options

Hawthorn Suites

751 Cypress Station Drive,
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-5959

Marriott East

1903 Embassy Square Blvd
Louisville, KY
(502) 491-1184

Law’s Lodge

1044 Alta Vista Rd,
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 992-0220










Live Stream

All conference sessions will be live streamed.

Video and audio of the general sessions and audio of the breakout sessions will be available following the conference on our Resources page.

We hope you will join us online!


Take a look at 9Marks’ resources on conversion and the healthy church!

Conversion 9

For other books from 9Marks, please check out their bookstore here!

Audio and Video from Previous 9Marks at Southern Conferences

To access audio and video resources from previous 9Marks at Southern conferences, visit the SBTS Resources page. These resources are free to stream or download and we encourage you to share them with anyone who may benefit from them.


Each year, Southern Seminary hosts several conferences that attract audiences of pastors, church leaders, and college and high school students from around the country. Each of our conferences is promoted nationwide through notable and prominent websites and publications.

Organizations and vendors have several opportunities to exhibit and advertise at this year’s 9Marks at Southern conference: The Conversion, connecting to large amounts of potential customers and clients at one time.


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