Special Guests

Special guests range from authors and well-known speakers to missionaries who serve overseas and missionaries who serve in North America. We also try to connect Georgia Baptist women with missionaries who are serving within the state. We want you to be part of the ministry efforts happening in your own communities.

2014 Special Guests
JENNIFER KENNEDY DEAN, www.prayinglife.org
Jennifer Kennedy Dean is Executive director of The Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. She is the author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation. Widely recognized as an unusually gifted communicator of the deep truths of God’s Word, Jennifer speaks all over the country calling God’s people to discover the difference between “a prayer life” and “a praying life.”
Jennifer is the author of such books as Live a Praying Life, Heart’s Cry, Fueled by Faith,The Life Changing Power in the Name of Jesus, and Secrets Jesus Shared. She writes for magazine such as Pray! And Spirit Led Woman. She is in demand as a speaker and has spoken in such venues as The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and Focus on the Family.
She is a member for Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, a member of America’s National Prayer Committee, a board member and national prayer director for Women in Christian Media, and a broadcaster on Salem Network’s internet radio and TV sites.  Jennifer was widowed in 2005 after 26 years of marriage to Wayne Dean, her partner both in life and ministry. They are the parents of three grown sons. Jennifer makes her home in Marion, KY.
BABBIE MASON, www.babbie.com
The name Babbie Mason is synonymous with creative excellence in the Christian community. An award-winning singer-songwriter of Christian music, her ministry and career have blessed countless thousands for almost three decades. Gracing the stage in numerous Billy Graham Crusades worldwide, Women of Faith Conferences, The Grammy Awards and Carnegie Hall, her gifts and talents have allowed her to share the platform with such notable people as Presidents Carter, Ford and Bush, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Bill Cosby, NBA legend, Michael Jordan, General Colin Powell, Steve Forbes and Jeff Foxworthy.
A favorite guest at Women of Faith Conferences, Kay Arthur’s National Women’s Conference, Beth Moore Conferences and Ann Graham Lotz’s Just Give Me Jesus Conferences, Babbie encourages hearts of all ages with her warmth, wit and wisdom. She is the host of her own television show, Babbie’s House, seen all over North America, Africa, the British Isles and the Caribbean Islands.
She is the recipient of two Dove Awards for her singing and songwriting abilities and a host of other awards and recognitions line her walls; eleven Dove Award nominations, nominations for the Grammy and the Stellar Awards, including nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. In 2010 Babbie Mason was recognized for her contributions in Gospel music by being inducted into The Christian Music Hall Of Fame. The parents of two adult sons, Babbie and Charles Mason live on a farm in West Georgia.
MARY JO SHARP, confidentchristianity.blogspot.com
Mary Jo Sharp is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded. She now holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is the first woman to become a Certified Apologetics Instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mary Jo is an Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University, on faculty with Summit Ministries, an author with Kregel Publications and B&H Publications, and has recently produced a new DVD Bible Study with LifeWay Resources. A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. She administrates the website, Confident Christianity, and has engaged in two formal, public debates with Muslims.
CYNTHIA THOMPSON, jerusalemprayercenter.com
Cynthia Thompson grew up near a college campus where TCKs on furlough became her childhood friends and attending GA camp was a highlight of her summers. From this wealth of mission exposure early in life, Cynthia has continued to be involved in supporting our workers, especially in the area of prayer. Cynthia currently serves on the Advisory Team of the Jerusalem Prayer Center and as the Team Prayer Advocate for the Palestinian Team. Frequent trips to the Middle East to assist with prayer journeys, communicating daily with workers on the field and writing informative prayer requests to assist our churches in praying for Palestinians are the opportunities that fill her days. Praying for the nations is a great blessing to Cynthia, while sharing life with her husband, Larry, who is a pastor, two daughters, two sons-in-love and two grandsons.