Dr. Sam Waldron, a longtime minister and teacher, will speak on 'The Regulative Principle of the Church' this weekend at the fall conference to be held by Grace Reformed Baptist Church.

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Dr. Sam Waldron, a longtime minister and teacher, will speak on 'The Regulative Principle of the Church' this weekend at the fall conference to be held by Grace Reformed Baptist Church.

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A Kentucky minister and theologian will be the featured speaker for this weekend’s fall conference held by Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

Dr. Sam Waldron of Owensboro, Ky., will speak and preach on “The Regulative Principle of the Church,” a release says. Sessions will be held at 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday and services at 10 and 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served between the Saturday sessions and a fellowship meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Waldron has long experience in academia and in church service. His academic credentials include a doctorate in systematic theology in 2005 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; a master’s in theology in 1987 from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a bachelor’s in religious education in 1973 from Grand Rapids Baptist College.

He currently serves in two positions in Owensboro; one as a pastor at Grace Reformed Baptist Church and the other as academic dean of and professor of systematic theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies.

His previous service includes pastorships at Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids from 1977-2001 and Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro from 2005 to 2013 and as a teacher at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, N.J., from 1981 to 1989, the release says.

In addition to teaching and the ministry, Waldron has published eight books. They include “The Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession,” “The Reformed Baptist Manifesto” and, released this year, “A Man as Priest in His Home” and “Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved.”

Outside the pulpit and classroom, Waldron’s hobbies include reading, weight lifting, walking and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Charlene, married in 1975.

The weekend also includes another significant event for Grace Reformed. A brief ordination service will be held after the 2:30 p.m. Sunday service to install the Rev. Christopher Sheffield as the church’s new pastor. The previous pastor, the Rev. Donald Schunck, has semiretired and has moved to South Carolina.

Grace Reformed Baptist Church is at 5645 Hunter Hill Road.

For information, call Sheffield at 912-585-3231 or go to gracereformedbaptist.org.