UK Ministers’ Conference 2020

The Conference has been cancelled due to the ongoing Corona Virus crisis. Online booking is no longer available, but the brochure can be downloaded here.

**If you require a visa to attend the conference, please make sure you have the appropriate visa in place before booking.**

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The day before John Owen departed to be with Christ (23 August, 1683), he dictated his last letter to a friend: ‘I am going to him whom my soul has loved, or rather who has loved me with an everlasting love, — which is the whole ground of my consolation.’

John Owen lived for communion with God. He was not alone in understanding that the Christian life was rooted in our union with Christ and nourished by our communion with the triune God.

The 2020 Banner of Truth Conference at Yarnfield will focus on this great theme. The aim of the conference will be to introduce the doctrine of communion with God, and to explore the rich communion that every believer has with God. Heart religion (John Calvin’s ‘pietas’) is imbedded in, and intrinsic to, Reformed Christianity. Cold Calvinism is the ultimate oxymoron.

Our hope is that the conference will inspire all who gather to cultivate further the communion which we enjoy with the Father, preeminently in his love, with the Son, preeminently in his grace, and with the Holy Spirit preeminently in his comfort.


The Banner 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.


23-26 March


Yarnfield Park, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL



David Campbell
Conrad Mbewe
Andrew Randall
Robert Strivens
Robert McCollum Jr.
Christopher Ash
Meirion Thomas

How Much?

The full conference fee for a Monday–Thursday resident is £235.*
We realise that many Ministers are on tight budgets and we do not want people to be unable to attend the conference due to the cost. If you are unable to afford the £235 fee, but could pay between £120 and £235, then please feel free to pay what you are able. In the event that you are not able to afford this, please contact John Rawlinson at the Edinburgh office to apply for financial assistance; we don’t want anyone to be unable to come due to financial constraints. To do this, please send an email to with the heading ‘UK Ministers’ Conference Enquiry’ or phone the office on 0131 337 7310.

*(This represents a subsidy of about £52 per person from the Trust. If you are in a position where you are able to pay the unsubsidised cost, we would appreciate that.)

Monday, March 23

  • 5.00 pm — Opening Address David Campbell
  • 8.00 pm — The Christian’s Unique Privilege — Conrad Mbewe

Tuesday, March 24

  • 9.15 am — Global Updates
  • 9.30 am — The Gospel of Communion with God — Andrew Randall 
  • 11.15 am — Puritan Worship — Robert Strivens
  • 5.00 pm– Singing Songs of Expectation by the Spirit of Christ — Christopher Ash 
  • 8.00 pm — The Hypocrite’s Misguided Claim — Conrad Mbewe 

Wednesday, March 25

  • 9.15 am — Global Updates
  • 9.30 am — Communion with Christ in Our Trials — Robert McCollum Jr. 
  • 11.15 am– Singing Songs of Triumph by the Spirit of Christ Christopher Ash 
  • 5.00 pm — Inward, Sweet Delight: Communion with God in the Life of Jonathan Edwards Andrew Randall 
  • 8.00 pm — The Fountain of Spiritual Riches — Conrad Mbewe 

Thursday, March 26

  • 9.15 pm — Global Updates
  • 9.30 am — Communion with Christ in Our Midst — Robert McCollum Jr.
  • 11.00 am — Closing Address — Meirion Thomas 

Meals: Breakfast, 7.50am to 9.00am | Coffee, 10.45am | Lunch, 1.00pm | Afternoon Tea, 4.15pm | Dinner, 6.45pm

** Bookroom open outside of session times **

Facilities and Accommodation

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Venue

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.. Thereafter keys for rooms can be collected.


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:


David Campbell — Minister of North Preston Evangelical Church, Preston, England




Conrad Mbewe — Minister of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia





Andrew Randall — Minister of Grace Church Larbert, Larbert, Scotland




Robert McCollum (Jr.) — Minister of Newtownards Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, Northern Ireland





Christopher Ash — Preacher, author, and Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House, Cambridge






Meirion Thomas — Minister of Malpas Road Evangelical Church, Newport, Wales




Robert Strivens — Minister of Old Baptist Chapel, Bradford-on-Avon, England