2018 US Ministers’ Conference

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An inside look at the US Banner Ministers’ Conference

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

Ministers of Christ

The Christian ministry is a many-sided calling. We are to be preachers and teachers, serving publicly and from house-to-house. We are to do the work of an evangelist. We are to be defenders of the faith and guardians of the gospel. We carry responsibility for the oversight of the church. We are to shepherd God’s flock, visit the sick, remember those in prison and be role models to all. Though many ministers are still young, they are called to be ‘elders’ , men displaying wisdom beyond their years. And this is just a fraction of what this holy vocation entails!

There is, however, one aspect of this calling that transcends and also connects all its other aspects. It is the fact that we are first and foremost ministers of Christ. He has called, equipped and commissioned us to serve him. It is to him we must ultimately answer; but it is also from him that we receive the gifts and enabling necessary for the work he assigns. He puts his treasure in clay jars and it is his pleasure to display his power through human weakness.

Being ministers of Christ is the theme of our 2018 conference. It is intended to remind those who are ministers that they have the highest of callings; but to remind them too that the Master we serve makes us equal to the task.


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 29th

  • 11:00am – Registration Begins in Leffler Chapel Lobby
  • 3:30pm – Opening Sermon — Mark Johnston
  • 7:00pm – Ministering to the Heart — Craig Troxel

Wednesday, May 30th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – The God Who Meets Us —  David Strain
  • 10:45am – Ruling Elders as Ministers of Christ —  Jonny Gibson
  • 3:15pm – Short Address
  • 3:30pm – Christ-Shaped Ministry — Alistair Begg
  • 7:00pm – Serving the King (1) — Al Mohler

Thursday, May 31st

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00pm – Morning Sermon —  Alistair Begg
  • 10:45am – Serving the King (2) — Al Mohler
  • 1:30pm – Meeting With God — David Strain
  • 2:45pm – Ministering From the Heart — Craig Troxel

Registration Begins – 11am Tuesday May 29
Conference Closes – 3:30pm Thursday May 31

  • 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 29, 2018 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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Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world. He graduated from theological college in London and served two churches in Scotland before moving to Ohio. He is married to Susan and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.


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Jonny Gibson was previously associate minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church, and is currently assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. He is the author of historical and biblical articles in Themelios and Journal of Biblical Literature. Jonathan and his wife, Jackie, have two children.


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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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Al Mohler serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches.  In addition to his presidential duties, Al Mohler hosts two programs: ‘The Briefing’ and ‘Thinking in Public. He serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, he is a member of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition, is a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries, a co-founder of Together for the Gospel, and he has authored several books. He is married to Mary, and they have two grown-up children.


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David Strain is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to faith in Christ during his high school years. He studied fine art at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, where he graduated with honors and met his wife, Sheena. While in art school, David was involved in student ministry, becoming President of the Christian Union, and there began to discern a call to the ministry. After Graduation he worked for two years with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF, the British version of InterVarsity) at first in Dundee and then in Glasgow. He subsequently came under care of the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and studied theology at Trinity College (Glasgow University), where he won the gold medal in Systematic Theology and again graduated with honors.


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Craig Troxel is the pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an adjunct professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.


Registration Rates

April 30, 2018
¹Standard Plan $395
²Standard+ Plan (No Longer Available) $435
³Apartment Accommodations (No Longer Available) $415
4Seminary Student $300
5Registration Only $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 (No Longer Available): 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 (No Longer Available): 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 28th), 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.