Brodie Croyle, President and CEO of Big Oak Ranch in Springville and Gadsden, will be speaking at the 413 Men’s Conference in Jasper, Ala., on Saturday, April 29. Croyle, who is a former quarterback for the University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs, is part of a speaking lineup that includes former Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates star Sid Bream, and Francois Fineberg, a native South African who heads the Legacy School of Discipleship in Dadeville, Alabama.
According to Al Blanton, conference organizer and owner of Blanton Media Group, the purpose of the conference is to help men strengthen their Christian faith with an emphasis on leading their families and living in the truth of God’s word. Over 80 men attended the inaugural two-day event in July 2022, and Blanton anticipates even more this year.
“We want the men who attend our conference be better equipped to lead their families when they walk out of the conference on Saturday afternoon than they were when they first walked through the doors,” Blanton said.
The conference will be held at Jasper High School and will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home that has been relieving the suffering of abused, neglected, and abandoned children since 1974.
The presenting sponsor is Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC in Jasper.
In addition to the three guest speakers, the conference will host several breakout speakers including George Shamblin, author of The Relay and staff member at the Center for Executive Leadership in Birmingham; Bob Waldrep, President and Founder of the Crosswinds Foundation of Faith and Culture; and Robert “Bunky” Smith, former pastor at Providence Baptist Church who now serves as Director of Missions for the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association.
Online preregistration is underway at eventbrite.com/e/413-mens-conference-2023-tickets-556011725037?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Blanton asks that anyone wanting a lunch ticket to register by April 20.
“Come to the conference and be blessed,” Blanton added. “The content you will receive will help impact your family in a positive way.” WL