2015 USA Ministers’ Conference

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The US Ministers’ Conference is an annual event where men gather from a variety of ministerial vocations to worship God and sit under the preaching of his Word.

Conference Theme

A minister’s calling brings him into a dimension of suffering that is uniquely bound up with the ministry of the gospel. For Christ it meant his being the Suffering Servant. For those he calls into service, the same will be true. This dimension of ministerial suffering is clearly borne out by the testimony and counsel of Paul in his letters.

Suffering is arguably the biggest issue people face in life, and because so much bad theology has been developed to address its existence, it is essential that pastors work to acquire a well-formed biblical theology of suffering. This is exactly what this year’s conference aims to address, and it is hoped that all who attend will return to their congregations with renewed confidence in the all-surpassing goodness of God, equipped to minister to those within and without their churches whose suffering raises, for them, questions about the nature of God at the profoundest level.

Location

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA.

Some might ask, “Why host a conference at a college campus?” First, a college campus allows us to keep everyone together. The vast majority of the attendees will stay in the campus dorms, share meals together at the campus food court, and enjoy fellowship together in the campus recreation centers. Second, the Elizabethtown College campus allows us to keep the conference rates low. This is an important feature of Banner of Truth conferences, for we want to reach out to as many pastors as possible, not all of whom are serving in large and prosperous congregations. Our conference fee, which ranges from $225 to $360 is great value for money when you consider it covers room and full board, conference registration, bookstore gift certificates, and the use of all campus facilities. There are absolutely no hidden costs!


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Who Attends?

The US Ministers’ Conference is arranged for men in (or who have been in) pastoral ministry; students in theological training for the ministry; men serving in missionary work (at home or overseas); and men serving the church as elders or as deacons. In addition, we welcome those who are sponsored by their church/minister who are seriously considering the possibility of eldership or full-time ministry.

We ask that only men attend to maximize opportunities for fellowship, accountability, and prayer. We understand the difficulty of being away from family for a couple of nights, but one of the goals of this conference is to encourage men to forge strong friendships with like-minded brothers and fellow gospel ministers.

Tuesday, May 26th

  • 3:00pm – Embracing the Pain (1 Peter 1:6) – Hensworth Jonas
  • 7:00pm – A Servant for the Weary (Isaiah 50:4-11) – Dale Ralph Davis

Wednesday, May 27th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9.00am – Ministerial Doubt (Matthew 11:1-19) – Steven Curry
  • 10:45am – Paul’s Testimony: Sufficient Grace for Suffering in Ministry (2 Cor.11-12) – Ligon Duncan
  • 3:00pm – Ian Hamilton
  • 3:30pm – Suffering for the Gospel (2 Timothy 2:1-13) – David McWilliams
  • 7:00pm – The Morass of Ministry (Jeremiah 20) – Dale Ralph Davis

Thursday, May 28th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9.00am – Ministerial Attitude (Philippians 2:5-11) – Steven Curry
  • 10:45am – Paul’s Counsel: “We do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4) – Ligon Duncan
  • 1:30pm – Panel on Preaching
  • 2:45pm – Paul Alone (2 Timothy 4:9-22) – David McWilliams
  • 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 26, 2015 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.
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Steven Curry is the Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Bangor, N. Ireland. He took up this post in February 2008, returning to what was his home church after serving the Lord for 23 years in the small, country town of Ballymoney. He is married to Gail and has four grown-up children, Andrew, Simon, Matthew and Jonathan. Andrew and Simon are both serving the Lord in ministry and Gail is the Director of Women’s Ministry for their Association of Churches.

 

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Dale Ralph Davis served in four pastorates and two ‘hitches’ of teaching Old Testament at Reformed Seminary, Jackson. He currently serves as Minister-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. He is married to Barbara and has three married sons. His publications include expositional commentaries – his latest publication was in IVP’s Bible Speaks Today series – the volume on Daniel.

 

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Ligon Duncan is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Ligon was born in Greenville, SC, and reared in the home of an eighth generation Presbyterian ruling elder. A 1983 graduate of Furman University (B.A. History), he received the M.Div. and M.A. (Historical Theology) from Covenant Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, New College, Scotland, in 1995 (under the supervision of renowned Reformation and Patristics scholar, David F. Wright). While in Scotland he also studied Systematic Theology at the Free Church of Scotland College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary) with Professor Donald Macleod.

 

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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 pastored a church in Scotland for 19 years. He is the author of the 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.

 

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Hensworth W. C. Jonas is Presiding Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda, serving as a pastor there for 29 years. He founded and serves as Principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12) since 1991, the same year he co-founded the Caribbean Baptist Heritage Conference, a conference on Reformed theology for clergy and laity. Dr. Jonas is the author of Dancing with Idolatry: Are you bowing to a false god? (Xulon Press, 2009). In 2011, his nation’s Governor-General appointed him as a GCH, a national award for his service in education administration. He and his wife, Vandah, have two children.

 

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David McWilliams is Senior Minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida where he has served for 28 years. He is a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), of Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA, M.A.R., M.Div.) and of The University of Wales (Ph.D.) Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and continues to serve as an adjunct professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Theological Seminary in Dallas. Dr. McWilliams has authored numerous articles published in the Westminster Theological Journal, Modern Reformation, and other organs as well as the recent book Galatians: A Mentor Commentary, 2009. Presently, he is writing the Hebrews volume for the Lectio Continua commentary series. He is married to his dear wife Vicky.