February 23-25, 2024 | First Baptist Church of Bagdad - Florida

2024 FirstLove Conference

2024 FirstLove Conference

The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit

Please join us for our second annual conference on February 23-25, 2024 as we examine the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit?  How does He function in the life of a Christian, and within the life of Christ’s church? Topics include the Person of the Holy Spirit, Sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit, Joy and Peace from the Holy Spirt, the Pastoral Ministry and the Holy Spirit, and other topics about the Holy Spirit in the life a Christian.

We hope that you will be able to make it to our FREE conference at First Baptist Church of Bagdad in Milton, FL, as we examine the Person & Work of the Holy Spirit.

Conference Registration is Free

Books & Literature Included with Registration



Dr. Edward Dalcour

President & Director of the Department of Christian Defense


Dr. Paul Nelson

President of Grace Bible University


Joe Jacowitz

President, FirstLove Ministries


Austin Huggins

Executive VP at FirstLove Ministries


Tom Smith

Vice President of FirstLove Missions


Joshua Wallnofer

Pastor at Klondike Church of Pensacola


Stephen Louis

Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley


Dr. John S. Waldrip

Pastor of Calvary Road Baptist Church


Dr. Samuel Rai

Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in Pokhara


Tony Okoroh

Pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, Lagos, Nigeria

Murungi Igweta

Murungi Igweta

Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Nairobi

Conference Registration is Free

Books & Literature Included with Registration


Edward L. Dalcour is the President and Director of the Department of Christian Defense, an educational and apologetic ministry. He is a Mentor at Greenwich School of Theology and serves as Vice President of Grace Bible University. 

Dr. Dalcour holds a Master of Apologetics from Columbia Evangelical Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theology from North-West University. He is a published author of several apologetic and theological books.

Paul S. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 1982. He has authored numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the inventor of eight US patents. He is founder and President of Nelson Biotechnologies, a small biotech company located in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2003, after Dr. Nelson fulfilled requirements for a Master of Theology, he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley where he served 20 years as co-pastor.

He lectured at the Pacific Institute for Religious Studies in Apologetics, and has written two books entitled, “The Song of the Suffering Servant” and “Presuppositionalism: A Biblical Approach to Apologetics.” Currently, Paul is the president of Grace Bible University and involved in numerous missionary efforts with FirstLove Ministries. He has been married for over 45 years, the father of three children, and grandfather of five.

Joseph Jacowitz is the president of FirstLove Ministries. He has been the pastor of Christ Bible Church, Pleasanton, CA, since 1990. He has a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Theology. He and his wife Sherry have been married since 1978 and have five children and eight grandchildren.

Austin Huggins serves as an elder at First Baptist Church in Bagdad, Florida. He is also currently serving as the Executive Vice President, FirstLove Ministries and is actively involved in mission work in Africa and around the globe. He is married to Britney and their union is blessed with two boys and two girls

Tom Smith was raised in New Jersey and came to Christ as a teenager in 1972 through a youth ministry at a church his family attended. He came to understand the Doctrines of Grace through studying God’s word and sermons by Pastor Al Martin. Tom has several years’ experience as a pastor. He is currently a member of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church in Warrenton, Virginia. He and his wife Margaret have four children and six grandchildren. Tom currently serves as Vice President, Director of Missions for FirstLove Ministries. His gifts are in teaching, counseling and administration.

Stephen Louis was born and raised in California, and holds a Bachelor of Theology from Sovereign Grace Baptist Theological Seminary in Morgan Hill, California. He has pastored Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley since December 2021. Stephen has been married for 13 years to his wife Holly, and together they have four children.

Joshua M. Wallnofer is a graduate of Cairn University and Tyndale Theological Seminary, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University.  He has been in ministry since 2000, and served as Pastor at Klondike Church of Pensacola since 2004. He serves on the board of Creation Today and Pro Rege Classical Academy, and has had the privilege to teach theology classes yearly for Instituto Bíblico Reformado Nueva Providencia, Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano, and Samford University, and The Leadership Pipeline. He is blessed to be married to his wife, Melissa, and the father of two teenagers.

John Waldrip was born in 1950 and raised on Indian reservations. He was a satellite design engineer from 1973-1977. He was converted in 1974. Married in 1975 to Pamela. Adopted Sarah in 1987.He has Pastored two Churches, 1978-1985, 1985-present (Calvary Road Baptist Church, Monrovia, CA). He has written three books and visited seventeen foreign mission fields.

Dr. Samuel Rai is Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in Pokhara and the General Secretary of the United Baptist Churches of Nepal. Additionally, he serves as a member of Carey Outreach Ministries for the regions of Nepal and Bhutan. Samuel gives oversight to over 100 churches within his network.

Pastor Tony Okoroh is an elder of Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Lagos, Nigeria. The 79- year-old pioneer elder has served in SGBC for over 20 years. Tony Okoroh is the Director of the Grace and Truth Theological Seminary, [GTS] Lagos, the Firstlove missionary in Nigeria, and a conference speaker. He is married to Ori, and they are blessed with two sons and three grandchildren.

Murungi Igweta was saved by the grace of God in His Son Jesus Christ from 2001. Married Charity in 2003. The Lord has blessed them with three children – Asaph (19), Ruth (14) & Gaius (10). Serves as one of the pastors of Trinity Baptist Church in Donholm, Nairobi since 2010. He is the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Trinity Pastors’ College, a church based theological institution training pastors. He is on the Board of Directors of African Pastors’ Conferences and speaks regularly in different countries in Africa. He is the branch manager for Firstlove Ministries in Kenya. He holds a MDiv. From the Reformed Baptist Seminary.



First Baptist Church of Bagdad

4529 Forsyth St.
Milton, FL 32583

Conference Registration is Free

Books & Literature Included with Registration


Friday, February 23rd, 2024

3:30 pm


4:30 pm

Welcome & Announcements

5:00 pm

Session 1 – The Person of the Holy Spirit

presented by Dr. Edward Dalcour

6:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

The Holy Spirit and Church Planting – Dr. Samuel Rai

The Holy Spirit’s Relationship to The Scriptures: Inspiration, Special Revelation – Pastor Joshua Wallnofer

The Holy Spirit and Missions – Dr. John Waldrip

7:00 pm

Discussion Panel with Foreign Leaders

Saturday, February 24th, 2024

8:00 am

Late Registration

9:00 am

Welcome & Announcements

9:30 am

Session 2 – The Work of The Holy Spirit in a Believer – Sealing, Baptism, Filling

presented by: Dr. Paul Nelson

10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Pastoral Ministry and the Holy Spirit – Pastor Tony Okoroh

Resisting the Holy Spirit – Pastor Tom Smith

The Gifts of The Spirit – Pastor Stephen Louis

11:30 am

Session 3 – Mortification of Sin – Sanctification by the Holy Spirit

presented by: Pastor Joe Jacowitz

12:30 pm


Food Trucks on premises

2:00 pm

FirstLove Update Discussion Panel

3:00 pm

Session 4 – Vivification by The Holy Spirit (Graces) – Peace, Joy, Fruit of the Spirit

presented by: Pastor Murungi Igweta

4:00 pm

Q&A Discussion with All Speakers

Sunday, February 25th, 2024

9:30 am

Worship Service Begins

10:00 am

Session 5 – The Power of the Spirit

presented by Pastor Austin Huggins

11:00 am

Q&A Discussion with All Speakers

12:00 pm

Lunch & Fellowship

Conference Registration is Free

Books & Literature Included with Registration



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8936 Highway 87 S
Milton, FL 32583
Phone: 850-623-1511

*10 room block reserved at discounted rate. Mention Group "FIRSTLOVE MINISTRIES”


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Milton, FL 32583

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Milton, FL 32583

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Milton, FL 32583

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