The US Ministers’ Conference is an annual event hosted by the Banner of Truth. Men gather from a variety of ministerial vocations to worship God and sit under the preaching of His Word.
As we look for inspiration and encouragement in ministry to the kind of world in which we live, 4th Century church history may not be the most obvious place to turn. But it was the great preacher of that era John Chrysostom who put his finger on the challenge of ministry with extraordinary perceptiveness. He described the role of the preacher as that of standing ‘between two worlds’. On the one hand he lives and labours in the world of God’s word, while on the other he lives and labours in the world of those to whom he ministers. His need to understand the latter is just as crucial as that of understanding the former if he is to preach effectively to the people of his day. Our goal at this year’s conference is to catch the vision for what this means in the world in which we are called to labour.
The US Ministers’ Conference is arranged for men in (or who have been in) pastoral ministry, as well as students in theological training for the ministry, men serving in missionary work (at home or overseas), elders, and deacons. In addition, we welcome those who are sponsored by their church/minister who are seriously considering the possibility of eldership or entering the ministry.
Tuesday, May 27
11:00 am – 3:15 pm – Registration Begins at 11:00 am Leffler Chapel Lobby
3:30 pm – Opening Sermon – Dan Fincham
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Supper
7:00 pm – Family Life in a Post-Christian World – Steve Lawson
Wednesday, May 28
7:00 – 8:00 am – Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 am – Conference Prayer Time
9:00 am – The 21st Century Pastor – Peter Van Doodewaard
10:45 am – Reaching the Lost in the Church – Derek Thomas
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
3:00 pm – Ian Hamilton
3:30 pm – Inside the Insider Movement – David Garner
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Supper
7:00 pm – Church Life in a Post-Christian World – Steve Lawson
Thursday, May 29
7:00 – 8:00 am – Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 am – Conference Prayer Time
9:00 am – The Gospel in the City – Jonathan Olsen
10:45 am – Reaching the Lost in the World – Derek Thomas
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Panel Disussion
2:45 pm – Closing Sermon – Gabriel Fluhrer
Solid, reformed preaching from the Word of God, with encouraging fellowship among like-minded men in ministry.
Located on the beautiful campus of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.
Fee includes meals and lodging, unless you designate otherwise.
Lodging in air-conditioned rooms on campus; linens, pillow, wash cloths and towels supplied.
Harrisburg International Airport is 15 minutes away.
Registration begins Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Leffler Chapel lobby.
Basketball courts/gym, swimming pool, and racquet ball courts available during designated times.
Wednesday evening ice cream event with table tennis for willing participants!
Banner of Truth Conference Bookstore with most Banner titles for purchase at discounted prices.
Attendees receive a conference shirt, one-year electronic subscription to The Banner of Truth magazine, and a special conference bookstore gift certificate.
Gabriel Fluhrer (PhD. Cand, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Shiloh Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. He is the executive editor of reformation21.org and editor of three books: Atonement (P&R 2010), These Last Days (P&R 2011), and Solid Ground (P&R 2012).
Dan Fincham, prior to entering pastoral ministry, served in the United States Navy and, after leaving military service and graduating from Cameron University in Oklahoma, had a career in electrical engineering. In 1993 he left the corporate world to complete a Master of Divinity degree at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. In 1998 Dan was called as the organizing pastor of Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in New Bern, NC, where he has served as pastor of the organized congregation since 2002. Pastor Fincham and his wife, Sylvia, have three children, Jessica, Christopher and Andrew.
David Garner is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and Pastor of Teaching at Proclamation Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (1987), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1992), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D., 2002). An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Garner has served in pastoral ministry, theological education, and parachurch ministries since 1986. From 2003-2007, Dr. Garner served as director for TE3 (theological Education for Eastern Europe), a theological training ministry based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has written a number of essays and articles, including ‘The First and Last Son: Sonship in Pauline Soteriology,’ in Resurrection and Eschatology: Essays in Honor Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., ‘Rescuing the Church from the Arms of the Digital Deity,’ (Equip, May 2010), and ‘A World of Riches,’ (Reformation 21, April 2011). His collaborative volume on Scripture, Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture (Presbyterian and Reformed), was published in 2012. He is currently completing a book on the theology of the believer’s adoption in Christ.
Ian Hamilton currently serves as pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, England. He has ministered the Word in Brazil, South Africa, Morocco, Canada and the United States, and has pastored a church in Scotland for 19 years prior to his present work in Cambridge. He is the author of the recently published Banner of Truth titles, The Faith Shaped Life and Let’s Study the Letters of John. Pastor Hamilton serves on the boards of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and London Theological Seminary. He is a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust and is married with four children.
Steven Lawson is the Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He is also the founder and president of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip and energize a new generation of Bible expositors. The focus of Dr. Lawson’s ministry is the verse-by-verse exposition of God’s Word. He is the author of nineteen books, the most recent being The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, Preaching the Psalms, Pillars of Grace, Foundations of Grace, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, and The Expository Genius of John Calvin. Dr. Lawson is a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries and Professor of Preaching at The Master’s Seminary. He is also on the board of The Master’s College and Seminary, Ligonier Ministries and serves on the Council and Executive Staff of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Steve and his wife Anne have three sons and a daughter.
Jonathan Olsen was born in Newark, NJ on April 17, 1973. He grew up in Easton, PA and Columbia, SC before moving to Philadelphia in 1998. Jonathan served on the pastoral staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia) for ten years as an intern, Pastoral Assistant, and Minister for City Outreach. In 2009 Jonathan was called to lead the work of Tenth’s newest daughter church, Grace and Peace Community Church in South Philadelphia. Jonathan has an undergraduate degree from Columbia Bible College (SC) and a graduate degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). Jonathan and his wife Rachel live in South Philadelphia with their six children: Annamaria, Gabriel, Christabella, Angelina, Elianna, and Emmanuel. Jonathan is an ordained minster in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a season ticket holder with the Philadelphia Phillies, and never happier than when he’s spending time with Rachel & their children.
Derek Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta), and the Editorial Director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He previously served as the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) and the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wales, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson), and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wales (Lampeter). He was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, and served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before moving to the United States. He has published more than twenty books and contributed to many others. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two grown children and two grandchildren, a dog named Luther, and a somewhat dysfunctional cat named Chloe. He is passionate about classical music and opera.
Peter Van Doodewaard serves as pastor of Covenant Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Taylors, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Western University in Ontario, Canada and the Master of Divinity from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. Peter is happily married to Lauralee; the Lord has blessed them with six covenant children—Emma, Charity, Susanna, Peter Jr., Katie and Hannah.
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