West Coast Ministers’ Conference 2020

Sadly, the 2020 West Coast Conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and regulations that prohibit our conference. All registered attendees will be contacted and refunded.

An Inside Look at the Conference
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The West Coast 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

Communion With God


Murrieta Hot Springs, Murrieta, CA.

In a world where there are an increasing amount of reformed conferences to attend, some might wonder what this conference venue has to offer. Murrieta surely isn’t the most populous city on the West Coast.

Some might ask, “Why did Banner choose to host a conference at a Christian conference center/resort?” First, the conference center allows us to keep everyone together. Traffic in the greater LA area is terrible. But once guests check in at the conference center they will have no reason to leave. All food, room arrangements, conference activities, etc., will be located at the conference site. This will allow our attendees to relax, form stronger relationships with the other Christian men at the conference, and be able to spend time in public and private prayer and Bible study. The vast majority of the attendees will stay in the private rooms on campus, share meals together at the campus dining hall, and enjoy fellowship together in the campus recreation centers (pool, beach volley ball, tennis, etc).  Second, the Hot Springs Conference Center 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 $270 to $405 is great value for money when you consider it covers room and 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 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, October 13th

  • 11:00am – Registration Begins
  • 3:30pm – Opening Sermon — Mark Johnston
  • 7:00pm – Worshiping With Integrity — Hensworth Jonas

Wednesday, October 14th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – Sincere Communion — Craig Troxel
  • 10:45am – Incomprehensible Love: John Owen on the Lord’s Supper — Jon Payne
  • 3:15pm – Short Address — Ian Hamilton
  • 3:30pm – The Language of Prayer — Hensworth Jonas
  • 7:00pm – Abiding in Christ (2 John) — Jonathan Master

Thursday, October 15th

  • 8:15am – United Prayer
  • 9:00am – Spiritual Communion — Craig Troxel
  • 10:45am – Abiding in Truth (3 John) — Jonathan Master
  • 1:30pm – The Pastor’s Communion with God — Jon Payne
  • 2:45pm – Closing Sermon — Jeff Kingswood
  • Solid, reformed preaching from the Word of God, with encouraging fellowship among like-minded men in ministry.
  • Located at the beautiful Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center in Murrieta, CA.
  • Fee includes meals and lodging, unless you designate otherwise.
  • Lodging in air-conditioned rooms on campus; linens, pillow, wash cloths and towels supplied.
  • The San Diego International Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport are both just over an hour away.
  • Registration begins Tuesday, October 13, 2019.
  • Basketball courts, swimming pool, beach volleyball courts, natural hot spring pools, and tennis courts available during designated times.
  • 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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Hensworth Jonas is Presiding Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda, serving as a full-time pastor in the Circuit since 1985, beginning with his leadership of the Central Baptist Church. In 1991, he founded and continues to serve as Principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). That same year he co-founded the Caribbean Baptist Heritage Conference, a regional conference on Reformed theology for clergy and laity. Dr. Jonas also helped plant both the Tyrells Baptist Church and the Covenant Baptist Church on the island of Antigua. He is the author of Dancing with Idolatry: Are you bowing to a false god? (Xulon Press, 2009).


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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 the Banner Mini-Guide The Church: Glorious Body, Radiant Bride, as well as 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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Jeff Kingswood received his B.A. from the University of Guelph, and his M.Div. from Knox College, University of Toronto. He is an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and serves Grace ARP in Woodstock, ON. Jeff has authored many articles, edited denominational periodicals, and is the author of From the Lips of Little Ones. He is a trustee of the Banner of Truth, and teaches New Testament Survey at Gillespie academy in Woodstock, ON. Jeff is married to Joan and they have 6 children.


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Jonathan Master (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is President Elect of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He formerly served as professor of theology and dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University as well as the director of Cairn’s Center for University Studies. Dr. Master is the editorial director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, as well as co-host of the Theology on the Go podcast. He is the author of A Question of Consensus: The Doctrine of Assurance After the Westminster Confession (2015), and edited The God We Worship (2016).


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Jon Payne serves as the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, SC. He previously served for 10 years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, GA. He is a trustee with the Banner of Truth, the Convener of the Gospel Reformation Network, and is on the Council of the Twin Lakes Fellowship. Dr. Payne is series co-editor of and contributor to the new Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament and the author/editor of several books including John Owen and the Lord’s Supper (Banner of Truth, 2004), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century, and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism’s Enduring Heritage.


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Craig Troxel is the professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. He previously served as pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Illinois since 2007 and as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Glenside, Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. He has taught systematic theology as an adjunct at Westminster Theological Seminary and ministerial studies at Mid-America Theological Seminary. He has also served as a faculty member for the Ministerial Training Institute of the OPC since 2002 and is presently a member of the OPC’s Committee on Christian Education. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and presently on its Ecclesiology Study Group. Dr. Troxel has published numerous articles and is the author of three books; What is Man?, What is the Priesthood of Believers?, and With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ — a forthcoming title.


Registration Rates

Early Bird
July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
to Sept 30, 2020
Sept 30, 2020
¹Single Room $415 $445 $475
²Group Room (2-5 People) $365 $395 $425
3Seminary Student (2-5 People) $270 $300 $330
4Registration & Meals Only $250 $280 $310
  1. Single Room: 1 person bedroom with private bathroom facilities. 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch). Limited availability.
  2. Group Room (2-5 People): A shared bedroom for 2-5 attendees with a private bathroom. Each person will have their own bed and you may specify your roommates. If you specify roommates we will not add other people to your room. Price is per person and includes 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch).
  3. Seminary Student (2-5 People): Based on the Group Room Plan, but with a discounted rate for seminarians.
  4. Registration & Meals Only: You arrange your own accommodations for lodging. All meals will be included and access to the entire event.