Donna and I are excited to greet you at this year’s XP Metro Conference on October 2-5, 2023, in the beautiful State of Florida.  Our venue for sessions and lodging will be the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the premier resort of the Sandestin properties, located directly on Miramar Beach.  We are expecting sunny days and comfortable evenings, with highs averaging in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s during the month of October.

The schedule is posted elsewhere on this site, and Donna will follow up with a schedule for the wives nearer to the time of the conference.  We hope that you and your wife will join us!

With indoor/outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, you might never need to leave the resort. Here is a link to all that the Resort has to offer.

If you plan to come in before the Conference or stay a few days after, here is a link to Tripadvisor’s Best Things to Do in Destin.

Returning Conference XPs:

Please fill out the registration form below by July 1st (and if possible, send in your fees by July 31st) to let me know that you will be returning. In August, we will open up the available seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Returning XPs who will not be attending the Conference:

Please fill out the registration form below before June and send your fees in by July 31st.

New XPs:

There is a $400 annual membership fee to be part of the group. This does not guarantee a spot at the conference, but it does include you in the email-based discussions that go on during the year.  If there is a spot open for you at the conference, there is no additional cost for attendance. You pay for your own travel and lodging.

Donna and I look forward to this time each year to reconnect with you.  If you are new, we are excited to meet you and get to know you better.  Feel free to contact me any time you have questions.  My office number is 205-991-5282 and my cell is 770-355-5702.   Wives, feel free to reach out to Donna on her cell at 770-757-4819.

Hoping to see you in October,

Jeff and Donna McGukin



Being a member of the XP Metro Group connects you to other XPs via email for discussion purposes.

Conference attendance is capped at 40 attendees. Conference attendance is prioritized by those who have paid their membership fee, then those who have attended the most recent conferences, and then new members.

Metro members must serve with a Southern Baptist Church and meet the following minimum requirements (or be grandfathered in as a prior-year member):

  • Have the title of Executive Pastor (or your church’s equivalent)
  • Be full-time
  • Report directly to the Senior Pastor
  • Have two or more direct reports
  • Church attendance averages 1500 or more in worship or 750 or more in Bible Study
  • Have a $2 million or larger budget

Membership Dues

Membership Dues: $400 (paid regardless of attendance to conference)

Payment Information

Mail to: 
Valleydale Church
2324 Valleydale Road
Birmingham, AL 35244

Include in Memo Line: XP Metro

Registration Deadline: August 28

Late registrations are not guaranteed rate or room availability.

Conference Registration

Remember your Conference Registration is a three-step process:

  1. Please complete the online registration form so we have your most current contact information.
  2. Please mail your membership check for $400 payable to Valleydale Church, 2324 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35244 and put XP Metro on the memo line
  3. Reserve your hotel room online here or by calling reservations at 1- 850-267-9500 x 3112 refer to the XP Metro Conference. (deadline is Sept 1).

Rooms have been blocked off from 9-30 through 10-7. If you are having trouble booking outside the conference dates, please contact Kim at Hilton Sandestin Resort at 850-267-9500 x 3112.

Conference Schedule


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Early Registration
8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Registration Continues
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Introduction & Devotion (Joint session with XP Wives & Sponsors)
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session One
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. –   2:45 p.m. Session Two
2:45 p.m.  –   3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.  –  4:15 p.m. Session Three
6:30 p.m. Dinner (All)


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Devotion
 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Four
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session Five
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. –   2:45 p.m. Session Six
2:45 p.m.  –   3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Session Seven
6:30 p.m. Dinner (All)


7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Devotion
 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Eight
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing Session
12:00 p.m. . Lunch on your own


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Boulevard South,
Miramar Beach, FL 32550-4214
1.850.267.9500 x3112

Make Reservations (please don’t make reservations until your seat at the conference has been confirmed)

Room Rate

We have a room block reserved at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for October 2, 2023 through October 5, 2023. The room rate is $219. Book by September 2, 2023.

2 Airport Options:

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)

6300 W Bay Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32409

About an hour drive to Conference Location


Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport

1701 FL-85, Eglin AFB, FL 32542

About 48 min drive to Conference Location

Wive's Schedule

Schedule To be determined
We encourage all wives to come and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship together


Host Church Contact Info

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