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Meet the 
Executive Director
Henry J. Payden, Jr.

     Henry Payden is the Senior Pastor-Teacher of First Baptist Church of Malvern, Ohio (www.fbcmalvernoh.com), a rural community segregated by politics, religion, and race. He has served there since July 1996. He was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland, served in the US Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, and Guam, and returned home to serve the Lord. He lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife Angela. They have four children and six grandchildren. He commutes to Malvern an hour southeast.  

     Pastor Payden began Church & Culture Conference Ministries, LLC in order to bring to Northeast Ohio an awareness of the issues that divide us as churches and that keep us from the unity that this area needs to see from us, upholding the truth without compromise, prevailing in the society with solid answers to difficult problems. Every local church may never have a plethora of ethnicities in it, but it must always remain open to the possibility and govern itself accordingly. Ignorance breeds idolatry. Idolatry breeds indifference. We are called to unity. It takes effort to have it, and to maintain it.

     It was also begun to bring to this area speakers who are not afraid to boldly address the issues that divide us. Racism, classism, nationalism, white supremacy, politics, Hebrew Israelite-ism, and other divisive ideologies borne of Satan's kingdom. We're in an ongoing battle. Like David, we must be Shepherd Warriors. We must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

     The first conference in October of 2022, was held at Scranton Road Bible Church with Pastor Mark Pratt. The conference was called "The State of the Church in America", with the keynote speaker being Dr. James Ford, Jr. from Chicago, IL. Much was learned from that conference as we move forward with the resolve to broaden our reach into the hearts of the faithful, and the face of the unfaithful, that we might all begin to stand faithfully together against what divides us. 

Doctrinal Positions

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that both Old and New Testaments constitute the divinely inspired word of God, inerrant in the originals.  (Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 1:20) 

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact of one God existing eternally in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

(Genesis 1:26, 11:7; Matthew 3:13-17; Revelation 1:8) 

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. 

(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; John 1:1-2, 18; Philippians 2:5-11)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort and seal those who believe in Jesus Christ at salvation.  (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that man is totally depraved, in that of himself he is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-26)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose atoning blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. (John 3:14-17, 36; 5:24, 39-40; Romans 6:22-23)

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact of the water baptism of believers, symbolizing the believer's union in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

 

 Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that at salvation the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, and is consequently responsible to live a Spirit controlled, mature life of faith and service that pleases God. 

(2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Timothy 2:19)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact of the observance of the Lord's Supper commemorating the sacrifice of our Savior for all mankind. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that the life of the believer in the Church, the Body of Christ, is to be separated from the world by consistent conduct before God and man, and is to be in the world as a life-giving light.  (Matthew 5:14; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:8-14; Philippians 2:15;

1 Thessalonians 5:5)

 

 Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact of the personal and visible bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16)

 

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that mankind was made in the image of God, which is understood reflecting both a moral and a social identity, and is unchangeable.  (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)

Church & Culture Conference Ministries believes & holds firm to the biblical fact that the Church is one in Christ Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and is responsible to preserve that oneness and unity in the bond of peace before the world, in any generation, or in and above any historical nation, even though submissive to the authority of that nation. (John 17:20-23;  Romans 12:5, 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 12:12; 12:25-27; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:3-6; Philippians 1:27; 2:1-4; Colossians 3:11-14;)

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CHURCH & CULTURE
CONFERENCE MINISTRIES

  PRESERVING UNITY ~ EXPOSING FALSEHOOD

OBJECTIVE

 Our primary objective is to  accurately proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the whole counsel of God's Word (Acts 20:27; Romans 1:16-17), thereby exposing false teaching regarding race, ethnicity, and culture as it relates to the Church. 

      Church & Culture Conference Ministries (3CM) is here to lovingly admonish, teach, and diligently encourage the accurate instruction of God’s Word as it relates to race, ethnicity and culture in the Church.

     We welcome biblical challenge, dialogue and discussion, and a willingness to confront in order to seek the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  (Ephesians 4:3, 15-16; 5:1-12; Galatians 2:2).

GOALS

​ 1.  To strengthen and support the Church in regards to unity and peace above and beyond the negative influences of the American culture and political agendas. 

2. To promote acceptance of diversity in the Church as it relates to race, ethnicity, and culture, while learning to celebrate our differences.

3. To help the Church see and understand that the believers identity is in Christ alone.

4. To encourage open dialogue in regard to  sensitive issues that hinder unity in the Body of Christ.

5. To "teach, reprove, correct and train in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequately equipped in every good work."  

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

 

6. To advance the 3CM Conference throughout America. 

Matthew 16:18; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 4:3; 1Timothy 3:15. 

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