2017 US Ministers’ Conference

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Tuesday May 29 , Thursday May 31, 2018

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

Five hundred years ago the actions of a German monk in Wittenburg marked the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. There were many factors that contributed to its impact as it spread throughout Europe and across to the British Isles. There was, however, one factor which more than any other was to shape the Reformation and its legacy that continues to this day, the role played by the Bible. When asked about the part he played in all that took place, Martin Luther famously replied ‘I simply taught and preached the Word; otherwise I did nothing…the Word did it all.’ So, as we mark the five hundredth anniversary of Luther pinning his Ninety Five Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, the theme for this year’s ministers’ conference is the ongoing role of the Bible in the work of the ministry. May the Word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, continue to do its work for the reformation of the church and the salvation of many!


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 30th

  • 11:00am – Registration Begins in Leffler Chapel Lobby
  • 3:30pm – The True State of Man , Geoff Thomas
  • 7:00pm – Puritans and the Priority of Preaching , Joel Beeke

Wednesday, May 31st

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – Puritan Preaching: A Paradigm? ,  Joel Beeke
  • 10:45am – Living and Active ,  Jonathan Master
  • 3:15pm – Short Address , Ian Hamilton
  • 3:30pm – The Preacher’s Mysterious Ministry , Carlton Wynne
  • 7:00pm – The Super Supremacy of Scripture , Geoff Thomas

Thursday, June 1st

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9.00am – Sharper Than a Two-Edged Sword , Jonathan Master
  • 10:45am – The Vindicated Word , William VanDoodewaard
  • 1:30pm – The Mere Believer’s Certainty Facing Eternity , Geoff Thomas
  • 2:45pm – Closing Sermon ,  Mark Johnston
  • 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 30, 2017 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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Joel Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books. He has written and co-authored ninety books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life), edited fifty more, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.


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Geoff Thomas is the Former Pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales, and has written three books published by the Trust — Philip and the Revival in Samaria, Ernest Reisinger: A Biography, and Reading the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world, and is a Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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William VanDoodewaard is Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Visiting Research Fellow in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, and has been appointed a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary for his ongoing work in the history of biblical interpretation. He has written for Books & Culture, The Journal of British Studies, Themelios, Puritan Reformed Journal, Westminster Theological Journal, and online at The Gospel Coalition and Reformation21. He is also a contributor to a number of books, and the author of two: The Quest for the Historical Adam and The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition. William is an ordained minister who has served as a church planter; he worships with his family at Harvest Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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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; Let’s Study 2 Peter and Jude, Let’s Study Colossians and Philemon, and Let’s Study John. Mark is married to Fiona and they have two grown-up children.


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Jonathan Master serves as professor of theology and dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University. He is also editorial director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and host of the Alliance podcast, Theology on the Go. He recently authored, A Question of Consensus: The Doctrine of Assurance After the Westminster Confession (2015), and edited The God We Worship (2016). He and his wife and daughters live in Yardley, PA.


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Carlton Wynne serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) as a teaching elder and served as an assistant pastor in Dallas, TX, prior to coming to Westminster. He is also a contributor to Zeal for Godliness: Devotional Meditations on Calvin’s Institutes (co-edited with Derek Thomas). Carlton and his wife, Linley, reside in Wayne, PA, with their three sons.


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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.

Registration Rates

Early Bird
March 01, 2017
March 1, 2017
to April 30, 2017
April 30, 2017
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).


For those of you who drive into Carlisle on the Monday before the conference (May 29th), please be aware that we have secured a group rate of $99 at the Carlisle Comfort Suites Hotel. When you call, mention the group rate for Banner of Truth to secure the special rate.