2016 USA Ministers’ Conference

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Tuesday May 24 – Thursday May 26th, 2016

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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

In his letter to the Ephesians the apostle Paul speaks of Christians being embroiled in a cosmic struggle with ‘the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms .’ As we gather together this year we will focus on this struggle: how do we preach God’s Word to combat the spiritual forces of evil? How do we remain faithful to God in the midst of hostility? What lessons can we learn from John Bunyan and John Owen on these matters? As we seek to answer these questions under the preaching of God’s word, we will be better able to equip our congregations for the challenges they face in their daily Christian living. Join us in Elizabethtown this May and pray that God would be pleased to edify and equip his saints as we wrestle with the theme of Kingdom life in a hostile world.


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 24th

  • 3:30pm – The Necessity of a Life well Lived – Bob Davis
  • 7:00pm – Bunyan and the Gospel – Derek Thomas

Wednesday, May 25th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9.00am – Fighting for Joy in a World full of Sadness – David Murray
  • 10:45am – Rejecting Assimilation – Hensworth Jonas
  • 3:15pm – TBD
  • 3:30pm – What did Christ seek first? – Mark Jones
  • 7:00pm – John Owen: That Blessed Communion – Ian Hamilton

Thursday, May 26th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9.00am – Fighting for Peace in a World full of Stress – David Murray
  • 10:45am – Bunyan and the Christian Life – Derek Thomas
  • 1:30pm – Faithful Missions in Hostile Times – Hensworth Jonas
  • 2:45pm – What must we seek first? – Mark Jones
  • 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 24, 2016 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 annual Banner soccer match for willing participants!
  • Banner of Truth Conference Bookstore with most, if not all Banner titles for purchase at discounted prices.
  • Attendees receive a conference gift, a one-year electronic subscription to The Banner of Truth magazine, and a special conference bookstore gift certificate.
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Derek Thomas Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his service to the Jackson campus of RTS, he served as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson until 2011, when he joined the staff at FPC, Columbia. He has written or edited several books and has contributed to the Trust’s ‘Let’s Study’ commentary series (Galatians, Revelation). He has just recently co-written a book with Sinclair Ferguson, Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviourand has become a teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries, in Sanford Florida.


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Mark Jones (Ph.D., Leiden, 2009) has been the minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA), Canada since 2007. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at John Wycliffe Theological College, in association with North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa. Mark is a lover of the Puritans, and his doctoral dissertation was entitled, ‘Why Heaven Kissed Earth: The Christology of the Puritan Reformed Orthodox Theologian, Thomas Goodwin (1600–1680)’. He has authored and edited several books, including A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life; and Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest?. In 2015 the Trust published his Knowing Christ. Mark is married to Barb and they have four children.


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David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. He is also Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.He is the author of Christians get depressed too, How Sermons Work, Jesus on Every Page, The Happy Christian, and several eBooks. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 2 to 19 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.


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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 in the Circuit since 1985, beginning with his leadership of the Central Baptist Church. 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, an annual conference on Reformed theology for clergy and laity. He led the planting of both the Tyrells Baptist Church and the Covenant Baptist Church. 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 Grand Cross of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage (GCH), a national award for his service in education administration. He and his wife, Vandah, have two adult children (Joshua and Stephanie), and one teenager (Nia).


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Bob Davis has been the pastor of Draper Valley Presbyterian Church since 2008. He previously served 26 years as pastor of Covenant Church in Millers Falls, Massachusetts. He earned a BA at Grove City College, beginning college as a pre-med student but changing to Biblical studies after a required course on the history of Christian doctrine introduced him to Reformed theology and Calvin’s Institutes. He has also earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and studied at universities in Massachusetts and England and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, SC. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Covenant College, Lookout Mt., GA and has served on the boards of a Classical Christian School, missions and other Christian organizations. Bob married Kim in 1981 and they have 4 adult children.

Registration Rates

Early Bird
March 01, 2016
March 1, 2016
to April 30, 2016
April 30, 2016
¹Standard Plan $335 $365 $395
²Standard+ Plan $375 $405 $435
³Apartment Accommodations $355 $385 $415
4Seminary Student $240 $270 $300
5Registration Only $170 $200 $230


  1. Standard Plan: 2 person bedroom in dorm accommodation with shared (4-8 people) bathroom facilities. 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch).
  2. Standard+ Plan: Single bedroom in dorm accommodation with shared (4-8 people) bathroom facilities. 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch). Limited availability.
  3. Apartment Accommodations: 4 person apartment with two twin bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. Must be booked as a group of four at time of booking. Please provide the names of all 4 people at the time of booking in the roommate note below. Price is per person and includes 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch). Limited availability.
  4. Seminary Student: Based on the standard plan.
  5. Registration Only: You arrange your own accommodations and meals (meal tickets available on campus).