2016 UK Ministers’ Conference

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Throughout her entire history, the church has been embroiled in conflict. She has faced opposition and persecution from without as well as challenge and division from within. And behind it all lies the dark shadow of the dragon of Revelation 12, poised since the birth of Christ to wage war against the woman and her child. In the words of Luther’s hymn, ‘For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe …’

This conflict has displayed itself in many ways throughout church history, but in our day in the Western world it is taking on new proportions. How do we make sense of it and how do we cope? By remembering that our ‘ancient foe’s’ battle against the church is as old as Eden. But, more so, by remembering, as Luther says, ‘one little word shall fell him.’


The Banner Leicester Ministers’ Conference is arranged for men who are (or who have been) in pastoral charges, or who are theological students at present in training for the ministry, and for men who are serving in missionary work at home or overseas.


Monday 11 April – Thursday 14 April 2016.


University of Leicester, Stamford Court (formerly Gilbert Murray Hall), Manor Road, Leicester LE2 2LH.


David Campbell
George Curry
Ian Hamilton
Graham Heaps
Phil Heaps
Mark Johnston
Iain Murray
David Vaughn

How Much?

Conference fees to be confirmed.

Monday, 11th April

  • 5.15pm – Opening Sermon – Ian Hamilton
  • 8.15pm – Words of Life Spoken in Death (1) – David Campbell

Tuesday, 12th April

  • 7.25am – Conference Prayer Time
  • 9.15am – Ministering in Challenging Times (1) – Phil Heaps
  • 11.15am – Under the Lordship of the Risen King – David Vaughn
  • 5.00pm – John Owen: A Word Association – Ian Hamilton
  • 8.15pm – Words of Life Spoken in Death (2) – David Campbell

Wednesday, 13th April

  • 7.25am – Conference Prayer Time
  • 9.15am – J. C. Ryle: Minister of Grace – George Curry
  • 11.15am – The Kingdom’s Spread in a Fallen World – David Vaughn
  • 5.00pm – John Elias and Revival – Iain Murray
  • 8.15pm – Words of Life Spoken in Death (3) – David Campbell

Thursday, 14th April

  • 7.25am – Conference Prayer Time
  • 9.15am – Ministering in Challenging Times (2) – Graham Heaps
  • 11.00am – Closing Sermon – Mark Johnston

Facilities and Accommodation

The conference venue is Stamford Court (formerly Gilbert Murray Hall), Manor Road, Leicester LE2 2LH, in the Oadby Halls campus of the University of Leicester, in the south-east suburbs of Leicester. Maps showing the conference venue can be seen on www.le.ac.uk/maps.

Conference members are accommodated in single study bedrooms. Towels are provided.

The University Sports Centre is nearby, and free passes will be available for conference members to use the gym and swimming pool.
The University Botanic Gardens are also a short walk away.

The bookroom will be open throughout the conference, stocked with Banner books at special conference prices.


Unless special arrangements are made, no one should arrive before 2.00 pm on Monday at the earliest. Registration of conference members will be from 3.00 pm to 4.45 pm in Stamford Court. Thereafter keys for rooms can be collected from Reception at John Foster Hall, across the road from Stamford Court.


All conference attendees must please register in advance, even those attending for only one session.

Any Questions?

The Banner of Truth Trust, 3 Murrayfield Road, Edinburgh EH12 6EL.

Telephone: 0131 337 7310 or email: info@banneroftruth.co.uk.

David Campbell is from Hurlford in Ayrshire, and since 2002 has served as pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He trained for the ministry at the Free Church College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary) in Edinburgh, and subsequently ministered at Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church in Darlington, England. He is married to Mairi, and they have two daughters.
Sinclair B. Ferguson is a former minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. As well as serving on the preaching team in St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, he continues to serve as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas and as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. Amongst the many books he has authored is his John Owen on the Christian Life, published by the Trust.
George Curry is Vicar of Elswick Parish Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is a trustee of the Newcastle-based Christian Institute, a Magistrate, and a School Governor. He trained at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham, and was ordained in the diocese of Carlisle in 1975. George is married to Kathryn, and they have four daughters and twelve grandchildren.
Ian Hamilton has been Minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church since 1999. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1979 and became the minister of Loudoun Church of Scotland, Newmilns, Ayrshire in the same year, serving there for almost twenty years. He is a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust. Ian is married to Joan, and they have four children.
Graham Heaps was minister of Dewsbury Evangelical Church in West Yorkshire for 41 years before his retirement in November 2014. Graham was married to Sue, who sadly passed away November 2015 (they met at Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth); he has five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Phil Heaps serves full time as an elder at Grace Church, Yate (ten miles north of Bristol). He is married to Ruth and they have four children.
Mark Johnston is Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff. he previously ministered in his native Northern Ireland, London, and Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust and the author of three commentaries in the ‘Let’s Study’ series. Mark is married to Fiona and they have two grown-up children.
Iain Murray was co-founder (with Jack Cullum) of The Banner of Truth Trust in 1957, and has ministered in Oxford, London, and Sydney, Australia. He has written many titles published by the Trust, in whose work he remains active. He is still writing. He has been married to Jean for over 60 years, and they live in Edinburgh.
David Vaughn and his wife Nicky, who is from South Africa, have for the past three years been involved in planting a church in the suburbs of Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Originally from Atlanta, David spent six years in campus ministry and church planting in Ivory Coast, (French speaking) West Africa. He then served as associate pastor in a Reformed Baptist church in the suburbs of Atlanta for three years, before that church sent him to France in 1990 as a church planter. He laboured in the Burgundy region and then planted and pastored for thirteen years a church in Grenoble. David is a visiting lecturer (on Christian Spirituality) at Jean Calvin seminary in Aix, and also gives courses on Romans, Preaching, and Biblical Piety at the Belgian Bible Institute. He is involved in the ministry of Pastors Training International, training pastors in French-speaking Africa. David and Nicky have three children.