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We are excited to announce that the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference will be coming back to Springfield First. All men, both young and old, are encouraged to join other guys from Springfield and the entire central Illinois region for this incredible conference. This is your opportunity to join several hundred men from our area for worship and learning what it means to be a godly man in an increasingly ungodly world. A big step in the process of becoming godlier is surrounding yourself with other men who share the same commitment.

This Year’s Keynote Speakers

Virgil Walker

Virgil L. Walker serves as the Executive Director of Operations for G3 Ministries. Virgil served as the Discipleship Pastor at Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska for 6 years and is the co-host of the Just Thinking Podcast. Virgil has completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is currently attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is working toward the completion of his Master of Divinity (MDiv). In addition, Virgil is heavily involved in Jail Ministry, side-walk ministry at Abortion Clinics, and Street Evangelism. Virgil and his wife Tomeka have been married for 25 years and have three children.

Chris Harper

Chris Harper loves his wife, four children, books, basketball, movies, and 90’s hip-hop. King Jesus is his Savior, and Andrew (Peter’s brother) is his hero. Chris holds a Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently finishing his Doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary SWBTS. Chris’ academic pursuits center on the “father as chief priest of his home.” Chris is convinced that the most critical need of the church today is men, bold men, men willing to lead their homes and serve the church. Chris has been at the forefront of engaging culture for Christ in a winsome way; he believes hospitality is the new evangelism and that art, music, community, and commerce are the most powerful mediums for gospel witness.

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