East Coast Ministers’ Conference 2020

The East Coast 2020 Conference has been cancelled. Read here for more information. 


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.

The East Coast 2020 Conference has been cancelled. Read here for more information. 

Conference Theme

Communion With God

The day before John Owen departed to be with Christ (23 August, 1683), he dictated his last letter to a friend: ‘I am going to him whom my soul has loved, or rather who has loved me with an everlasting love, – which is the whole ground of my consolation.’

John Owen lived for communion with God. He was not alone in understanding that the Christian life was rooted in our union with Christ and nourished by our communion with the triune God.

The 2020 Banner of Truth Conference at Elizabethtown will focus on this great theme. The aim of the conference will be to introduce the doctrine of communion with God, and to explore the rich communion that every believer has with God. Heart religion (John Calvin’s ‘pietas’) is imbedded in, and is intrinsic to, Reformed Christianity. Cold Calvinism is the ultimate oxymoron.

Our hope is that the conference will inspire all who gather to cultivate further the communion which we enjoy with the Father, preeminently in his love, with the Son, preeminently in his grace, and with the Holy Spirit preeminently in his comfort.

Heavily Discounted prices available at the Conference bookstore.


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 $240 to $375 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!

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 where the church is seriously considering them for 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

  • 11:00am – Registration Begins in Leffler Chapel Lobby
  • 3:30pm – Opening Sermon – Ian Hamilton
  • 7:00pm – The Christian’s Unique Privilege – Conrad Mbewe

Wednesday, May 27th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – To Worship and Walk With God – Rhett Dodson
  • 10:45am – Incomprehensible Love: John Owen on the Lord’s Supper – Jon Payne
  • 3:15pm – Short Address
  • 3:30pm – Mediate Communion: William Strong on the Privileges and Duties of Fellowship with God – Chad Van Dixhoorn
  • 7:00pm – The Hypocrite’s Misguided Claim – Conrad Mbewe

Thursday, May 28th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – The Pastor’s Communion With God – Jon Payne
  • 10:45am – The Shadow of the Almighty – Rhett Dodson
  • 1:30pm – The Fountain of Spiritual Riches – Conrad Mbewe
  • 2:45pm – Closing Sermon – David Bissett

Registration Begins – 11am Tuesday May 26
Conference Closes – 3:30pm Thursday May 28

  • 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, 2020 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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David Bissett has pastored Clifton Park Community Church, in beautiful upstate NY, for 24 years after serving churches in New England and in Minneapolis – where he also studied under John Piper. He co-founded Gospel Advance of Upstate NY, which provides biblical training events and hosts a Simeon Trust Preaching Workshop annually. He is also Chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Ligonier Theological Academy. He has attended the Banner Ministers’ Conferences consecutively since 1991.


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Rhett Dodson is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hudson, Ohio. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Bible and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Interpretation at Bob Jones University. His dissertation was entitled Discerning Truths of Holiness: The Theology and Message of Leviticus 11-15. He then studied apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. Rhett is the author of several books, two published by the Trust; Every Promise of Your Word and Marching to Zion.


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Ian Hamilton currently serves as the Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, England. Formerly the 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, The Gospel Shaped Life, Let’s Study the Letters of John, and the new Banner Mini-Guide Salvation: Full and Free in Christ. Pastor Hamilton serves on the boards of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and lectures in Church History at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He is a Trustee of the Banner of Truth and the editor of the Banner magazine. He is married with four children.


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Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambi, where he has been since 1987. As well as pastoring, he is the author of several books and he maintains a full itinerant preaching ministry in different countries around the world and edits the Reformation Zambia magazine. Conrad volunteers with the YMCA, providing vocational training to the many unemployed youths in his community.


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Jon Payne is the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Charleston, South Carolina. He previously served for 10 years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia. Rev. Payne is a graduate of Clemson University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the University of Edinburgh, New College. He is the Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network, serves on the board of the Twin Lakes Fellowship, and is a Trustee for the Banner of Truth Trust. Rev. Payne is the author/editor of several books and articles including the multivolume Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament, In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century, and John Owen and the Lord’s Supper, published by the Trust.


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Chad Van Dixhoorn is professor of church history and director of the Craig Center for the study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has held a number of additional teaching positions and has also served as associate pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and also at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years. His publications include a five-volume work titled The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1652, and Confessing the Faith, which is published by the Trust.

Registration Rates

Registration is not yet open.

Early Bird
March 01, 2020
March 1, 2020
to April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
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. 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 25th), 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.