LITTLE ROCK – Author and church planter D.A. Horton will take part in City Center Conversations with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. Friday, March 1, at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock.
Horton, lead pastor of the Southern Baptist-affiliated Reach Fellowship Church in Long Beach, Calif., is the featured speaker at the Lead/Defend apologetics and leadership conference set to be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. Lead/Defend is annual one-day event is sponsored by the college and young leaders team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Horton is the author of several books, including Enter the Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel-Saturated Marriage, which was co-written with his wife, Elicia Horton; and To the One Who Conquers: Freedom From Sin Through the Revelation of Christ.
Scott, who was sworn into office last month as Little Rock's first black mayor elected by popular vote, is also an associate pastor at Greater Second Baptist Church in Little Rock.
City Center Conversations was formed by Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock after its senior pastor, the Rev. Steven Smith, attended Socrates in the City in New York City, which tackles questions about faith and life. Eric Metaxas, author and radio-show host, created and hosts the series, was the first guest at the Little Rock series in 2017, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Smith will interview Horton during the Little Rock event, whom Smith said has a "great story.” Hutchinson and Scott join them onstage for a panel discussion.
Reach Fellowship Church adheres to the teachings of the Baptist Faith and Message – the summarized statement of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention, with which Reach Fellowship and Immanuel are affiliated. The message in part states, "Christians should oppose ... all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography."
Hutchinson will be present at the event to share the state’s perspective as governor and share how the faith community partners with the effort to combat things such as sexual abuse, the Democrat-Gazette reported.