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A calling to ministry leadership is one of the most critical calls a person can receive. The Called conference is designed to help young men and women (high school and college age) lay a healthy foundation for their journey into ministry.

Called 2024 will feature insightful main stage and breakout sessions led by godly men and women who have personally experienced the life-changing call to ministry.

The cost is just $30 a person.


Dr. Jamie Dew

Dr. Jamie Dew is the president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dew’s academic credentials include two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees—a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. Dew’s Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry is from SEBTS and his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, Ga.
Dew served as senior pastor of Stony Hill Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC, for eight years and in a variety of church ministry positions including minister to adults, youth minister, and interim pastor.

Dew and his wife Tara are the parents of two sets of twins – Natalie and Nathan, Samantha and Samuel. Tara Dew holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from SEBTS that is focused on the preparedness of pastors’ wives.

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Worship Leader

Ryan John

Ryan John is a uniquely gifted minister of the gospel!

Ryan has served alongside ministers and worship leaders such as Rend Collective, Shane Pruitt, Dr. John MacArthur, Wade Morris, Rush of Fools, Aaron Keyes, Charles Billingsley, and Shawn McDonald just to name a few.

At age 13 Ryan started traveling part time and guest speaking at church conferences and youth rallies. Age 15 he was offered a part time church staff position. At age 17 he was the pastor of a church. The day after he turned 18 he became a licensed and ordained minister. Ryan has earned his Masters of Divinity degree and continues to travel and minister through worship and speaking.

Years ago while touring as a speaker, he noticed a lot of churches were interested in bringing in a speaker…and a band. After struggling week after week to find available bands, Ryan prayed that God would give him the voice to sing and the talent to play the guitar in order to more effectively travel and minister.  Thus began the stirring in his heart for music ministry.


Saturday, August 3


Samford University


Coming Soon!



10:00      General Session 
11:15        Breakout Session 
12:30       Lunch
1:15          General Session 2 
2:15         Breakout 2
3:30        General Session 3 
5:00        Dismiss 

Breakout Sessions

Age-Graded Ministry Panel Discussion
Sara Lansford, Josh Meadows, Will Spivey

Deepening Your Walk with Christ
Kevin Blackwell

Leading As a Pastor
J.D. Payne

International Missions
Mike Lazenby

Seeing Your Career as Ministry
Bethany Collins

Women in Ministry
Tara Dew

Worship Leadership
Ryan Snell

Summer Mission Debrief
Chris Mills