Annual Meeting

February 29, 2024 – March 2, 2024 | Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL | Registration Closes February 18, 2024

Please click on each icon to learn more about the meeting and then proceed to the Registration Page.

General Information


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bob Thomas
via email at or by phone at 662-710-5661.


Shades Mountain Baptist Church
(all meetings except Friday afternoon from 1:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.)
2017 Columbiana Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone:  205-822-1670

Samford University Global Center
(only on Friday, March 1, from 1:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.)
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL  35229


Member Registration (early, by Jan. 31, 2024) || $225
Member Registration (after Jan. 31, 2024) || $250
Non-Member Registration || $250
Spouse Registration || $100
CME || $100

Saturday Night Banquet (This is not included in Registration, It is a separate charge)
Healthcare Professionals/Spouses ||
$55 each
Students || $30 each


As hotels require a minimum number of reserved rooms to qualify for special rates, we are asking that you reserve your own room.

The Hotels listed below are just a few that are located in the area, approximately two miles from Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

See Hotel List

Holiday Inn Express and Suites,  320 Commons Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209

Courtyard by Marriott,  500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, Birmingham, AL 35209

La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham,  60 State Farm Pkwy, Homewood, Birmingham, AL 35209

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, 485 Wildwood North Circle, Homewood, AL 35209

Drury Inn & Suites, 160 State Farm Road, Birmingham, AL 35209

Hampton Inn, 30 State Farm Pkwy, Homewood, Birmingham, AL 35209

Suburban Studios, 500 N. Wildwood Circle, Birmingham, AL 35209

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Wildwood Circle Drive North, Homewood Birmingham, AL 35209


Danny Wood, Ph.D.


Dr. Wood is the Pastor Emeritus of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. After graduating from Auburn University in Marketing, Danny returned to Birmingham to work at South Central Bell (now AT&T). It’s there that he met his wife, Janice. The two of them joined Shades Mountain where Danny taught in the singles ministry and was ordained as a deacon.

Read More

After 8 and ½ years at AT&T, he accepted the call to ministry in 1984 and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earning his Masters of Divinity. After seminary he became pastor at First Baptist Church Ruston, Louisiana, where their daughter, Lauren, was born. Shades Mountain called him as senior pastor in 1997 and he completed his DMin from Beeson Divinity School in 1999.

In August 2021 Danny retired as Senior Pastor after strategically leading Shades for 24 and ½ years. During this time Shades Mountain conducted evangelistic and compassionate justice ministries in 50 states, 80 countries and 21 time zones. They have supported 15 church plants internationally and 40 church plants in North America and have sent out over 200 people to serve in missions fulltime around the world. The church completed a 20-year campus masterplan investing $38 million in facilities while at the same time giving $42 million to missions and is debt free.

Danny served on the Board of Trustees for the North American Mission Board for nine years, serving two of those years as Chairman. He is presently serving on the Board of Trustees of Samford University. Danny also served on Samford’s Task Force on Racial Justice and on the Presidential Search Committee. He is the grandfather to Brantley, Brindley, and Mason.

Jason Cox

Send Relief

Jason joined the Send Relief team as Vice President of International Ministries in January of 2021 after serving 18 years overseas with the International Mission Board. Jason filled several leadership roles with the IMB, including a senior leadership position overseeing the work of over 500 missionaries laboring among some of the least-reached peoples in the world.

Read More

At Send Relief, Jason continues to work closely with IMB missionaries around the world to engage in compassion ministry through relief and development in ways that support IMB strategies to advance the missionary task. He and his wife, Kelli, live in Canton, Georgia and have four daughters ranging from 12 to 23 years old.

Rich Hutchins, D.Min.

Bible Teacher

Dr. Hutchens is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Southern Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1984. After serving as pastor for ten years, in 1988 Rich and his wife, Susan, answered a call to cross-cultural  missions.

Read More

For the next 27 years they served as  International Mission Board missionaries in Venezuela, then North Africa and the Middle East, retiring as Emeritus missionaries in 2015. For the last 7 years Rich was Associate pastor for missions and discipleship for the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, AL. Rich and Susan  are now enjoying an active retirement, including the occasional care and continual enjoyment of their 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Thomas Traylor, M.D.

CME Presenter

Dr. Traylor received his B.S. degree from Auburn University in 1971, and graduated from The University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Traylor did his internship and residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine from July 1976 to July, 1978. He has served in several practices in Alabama, including a solo practice, the Simon-Williamson Clinic, and Rheumatology Associates from which he retired in 2017.

Read More

He followed his retirement in 2017 by doing Locums practice until the end of December, 2021, and continues today as a Volunteer Physician at the Community of Hope Health Clinic in Pelham, AL. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Subspecialty Board, and is a past member, past president, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Society for the Rheumatic Diseases. He is married to Marily Fleming Traylor and has three children (Alice James, Peter Traylor, and Andrew Traylor).

Cleon Rogers, M.D.

CME Presenter

Dr. Rogers currently serves as the Director of Medication Education with Christ Health, Ascension St. Vincent’s East. Dr. Rogers received his B.S. from Bryan College. He founded and directed “Equal Access Birmingham” between 2006 and 2010. This was a student run free clinic. After graduating with his M.D. degree from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2010, Dr. Rogers completed his Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Internship Residency in 2014 from UAB Hosptal and Chldrens Hospital of Alabama.

Read More

From 2020 to 2021, Dr. Rogers was a Family Medicine Faculty Fellow at University of Alabama in Birmingham Family Medicine. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer, a member of the Family Medicine Core Faculty, and Director of Medical Education (the position he currently holds) since 2020. Cleon is a Med-Peds trained inner-city disciple maker, primary care doc and medical educator who lives and serves amongst one of East Birmingham’s communities in need. He is passionate about raising up Generation Z to complete the Great Commission! 

Bill Sisson, M.Div.

Opening a Free Clinic in Your Church

Bill is a native of Oklahoma and resides in Midwest City, OK, with his wife of 66 years, June. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bill has served as pastor and minister of education for churches in Texas and Oklahoma.

Read More

He also served as associate missionary with the North American Mission Board from 1991 to 2002 and later as National Consultant for Healthcare Ministries. He has worked with free medical clinics for 32 years.

Bill is prayerfully looking forward to the meeting.

Nathan and Linsay Lyon

Worship Leaders

Nathan and Lindsay Lyon live locally in Birmingham with their three wonderful and energetic children. They met while students in the School of the Arts at Samford University and quickly realized they would be spending more time together.

Read More

Now in their 11th year of marriage, they enjoy using their musical gifts in service to others and to the One whom has blessed them so richly. They delight in making and sharing music as a testimony to the faithful work of God in their lives. Additionally, they love spending time together as a family… playing, exploring, and doing whatever else small children enjoy!

Additional Speakers

Scott Bickle, PT, Ph.D.

Dr. Bickle is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy;  an Associate Dean, School of Health Professions; and Director, Office for Faith and Health in the College of Health Sciences, Samford University.

David Parks, Ph.D.

David Parks, Ph.D.  –  Dr Parks is the Director of he Global Center and Contextual Learning in the Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.

Clara Formby, M.D.

Dr. Formby is faculty member of Cahaba Family Residency Program, Birmingham, AL.


We will have several testimonies from our members who live and work overseas. We will not post their names at this time, but you will miss a blessing if you don’t hear them.


Please Note

This is an expected Program Guide and that minor changes to the program will probably be made before or during the meeting


February 29, 2024

Accredited CME

There will be a 15 minute break between each hour class.

12:00 p.m. Registration opens

12:45 P.M. || Hour 1: Review of Rheumatology—Dr. Thomas Traylor

2:00 P.M. || Hour 2: Review of Rheumatology—Dr. Thomas Traylor

3:15 P.M. || Hour 3: Spiritually Centered Medicine—Dr. Cleon Rogers

4:30 P.M. || Hour 4: Psychiatry in Primary Care—Dr. Cleon Rogers

Dinner and Worship

6:00 P.M. || Dinner

7:00 P.M. || Worship/Bible Study

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Brookwood Baptist Health and Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship.  Brookwood Baptist Health is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:
Brookwood Baptist Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


March 1, 2024

8:00 A.M. || Board of Directors meeting/ Get acquainted time for non-Board members.

10:00 A.M. || Break

10:30 A.M. || Worship/Bible Study

11:30 A.M. || Overseas report

12:10 P.M. || Mission Trip Spotlight: Your Mission Matters

12:30 P.M. || Catered lunch

1:45 P.M. || Meetings will be moved to Samford University Global center: This meeting will be an Open meeting for all healthcare workers in the Birmingham area. Program will include:
• Tour of the Global Center
• Report by Jason Cox, International Vice President Send Relief
• Reception for local Healthcare providers/students
• Introduction to Christ Health Center
• Introduction to Cahaba Family Residency Program
• Introduction to Free Care clinics (Bill Sisson)—Bill will just introduce the topic and speak later that night at Shades Mountain.
• Additional activities to be announced.

5:15 P.M. || Depart Samford

6:00 P.M. || Evening catered meal (Shades Mountain Baptist Church)

7:00 P.M. || “Opening free clinics in your church” Bill Sisson

8:00 P.M. || Prayer points

8:30 P.M. || Dismiss


March 2, 2024

8:30 A.M. || Worship/Bible Study

9:35 A.M. || Update from IMB Global Healthcare Strategies Team

10:00 A.M. || Break

10:20 A.M. || Report from Baptist Nursing Fellowship

10:35 A.M. || Testimonies/Prayer Points

11:45 A.M. || Upcoming Trip Possibilities

12:00 P.M || Catered Lunch

1:15 P.M. || Overseas Report

2:00 P.M. || Video reports from various sent members (Prayer Points)

2:40 P.M. || Break

3:00 P.M. || Executive Director’s Report

3:30 P.M. || President’s Report

4:00 P.M. || Business Session (break when session is completed)

6:30 P.M. || Banquet

7:15 P.M. || Prayer Points/Testimonies

7:30 P.M. || Keynote: Dr. Danny Wood

8:30 P.M. || Prayer for those serving our Lord, both at home and abroad and for the Nations.


Member or Spouse Registration

Register and Pay Online