2015 UK Ministers’ Conference



Suffering is arguably the biggest issue people face in life. It is the experience of everyone in different ways and at different times; but it is true in a distinctive sense for Christians and Christian ministers in particular. Their calling brings them into a dimension of suffering that is uniquely bound up with the ministry of the gospel. Just as Christ was the Suffering Servant, so for those he calls into service. But Paul puts it in all perspective when he says: ‘We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal’ (2 Cor. 4:16-18).


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 13 April – Thursday 16 April 2015.


University of Leicester, Gilbert Murray Hall, Manor Road, Leicester LE2 2LG.


Hywel Jones
Kevin de Young
Stuart Olyott
Michael Reeves
Alan Davey
Jeff Kingswood

How Much?

To be confirmed.

Monday, 13th, April

  • 5.15pm – Opening Sermon – Hywel Jones
  • 8.15pm – Jesus, Our Hope and Example in the Midst of Injustice (Mark 15:16-32) – Kevin de Young

Tuesday, 14th April

  • 7.25am – United Prayer
  • 9.15am – Yes, it is hard, sometimes very hard, but . . . Paul’s testimony (2 Corinthians 11-12) – Stuart Olyott
  • 11.15am – The Puritan theology of suffering – Michael Reeves
  • 5.00pm – Reports Session
  • 8.15pm – Praying in Pain (Mark 14:32-52) – Kevin de Young

Wednesday, 15th April

  • 7.25am – United Prayer
  • 9.15am – Ten Minute Address
  • 9.30am – Yes, it is hard, sometimes very hard, but . . . Paul’s counsel (2 Corinthians 4) – Stuart Olyott
  • 11.15am – The Impassibility of God, the Sufferings of Christ and Good News for the Christian Hebrews (2:5-18) – Kevin de Young
  • 5.00pm – ‘To proclaim my name; to suffer for my name’ – Alan Davey
  • 8.15pm – Faith amid suffering in the life of Charles Spurgeon – Michael Reeves

Thursday, 16th April

  • 7.25am – United Prayer
  • 9.15am – The Bruised Bride – Jeff Kingswood
  • 11.00am – Closing Sermon – Hywel Jones

Facilities and Accommodation

The conference venue is Gilbert Murray Hall, Manor Road, Leicester LE2 2LG, 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.
The University Botanic Gardens are also a short walk away.

The bookroom will be open throughout the conference, stocked with all current 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 Gilbert Murray Hall. Thereafter a list of room numbers will be found outside the bookroom in Gilbert Murray Hall, with keys for those arriving late.


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.

Hywel Jones is Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He has been a minister since 1963, having served churches in England and Wales. He was the first principal of London Theological Seminary and between 1996 and 2000 was editorial director of The Banner of Truth Trust.


Kevin DeYoung is the minister of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. The author of several books, he is married to Trisha and they have six children.


Stuart Olyott became a minister when he was 21. Having pastored churches in the UK and Switzerland, as well as teaching at WEST and LTS, he has travelled widely and is the author of a number of books.


Michael Reeves is senior lecturer and theologian-at-large at WEST, where he has special responsibility for developing Union, the college’s online teaching programme. Formerly, he was associate minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, and Head of Theology for UCCF.


Alan Davey was the minister of Christ Church Deeside, North Wales, before that congregation sent him to France as a missionary. He and his ­family have been in Bordeaux since 2005.


Jeff Kingswood is the minister of Grace Presbyterian Church, ­Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. In 2013-14 he was Moderator of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.