Past EventsRepentance - Reformation 500th Anniversary Conference
Oct. 26 - 28, 2017
Ridgecrest Conference Center 1 Ridgecrest Dr Black Mountain, NC
Our national conference in 2017 is taking place just a few days before the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Door on October 31, 1517. This is why we are directing our attention to the doctrine and the fruit of the Protestant Reformation.
The heart of the Reformation was repentance. This is the source of all times of refreshing. At this conference, we will be hearkening back to some of the great doctrines of the Reformation and focus on the reformations of church and family that are in motion today as God continues to reform His church.
We will be bringing preachers to Asheville, North Carolina at the Ridgecrest Conference Center to speak of the times of refreshing that they are experiencing in their areas. They will be explaining the great doctrines that lead to refreshing and the fruit of repentance they are observing.
The apostle Peter spoke of this in his sermon, when he declared, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
The first of Luther’s 95 Theses reads this way: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
It is in this spirit that we will be conducting our national conference in 2017.
Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.
Kevin Swanson is a pastor of Reformation Church in Elizabeth, Colorado. Together with his wife Brenda, they have raised five children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord - Daniel, Emily, Rebekah, Bethany, and Abigail. Kevin is the author and editor for the Family Bible Study Guide Series, and the Christian Classics Study Guides. He has served as an elder in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ for 22 years. Over the years, he has taken the message of family discipleship to most of the fifty states, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, and Japan.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, as well as Academic Dean for students from the Heritage Reformed Congregations. He is currently a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a position he has held for 30 years. He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited eighty books and contributed over two thousand articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. (1988) from Westminster Theological Seminary is in Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology. He and his wife, Mary, have 3 children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.
By God’s grace Jeff Pollard was converted to Jesus Christ from a career in rock music in the early 1980s. Though religious from his youth, his true conversion at age thirty brought him to understand and then to preach God’s sovereign grace. God’s Spirit and Word awakened him to his responsibilities as husband and father as well as to God’s vision for families. Jeff is now an elder of Mt. Zion Bible Church, Pensacola, Florida. He is the editor of the Free Grace Broadcaster and author of Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America and Do You Know Jesus Christ?
Geoffrey Botkin is husband to Victoria, father of seven home-educated adults, a grandfather, and elder of Christ the King Church in Middle Tennessee. He and his family have taught on the Biblical Family and Fatherhood across America and overseas, through conferences, film academies, and online webinars, and through their books, recorded messages, original music, and films. Geoffrey has also lectured widely on history, media, and theology. He now serves as senior consultant to the Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences. He believes fathers can lead a reformation effort in deformed cultures worldwide.
Rob Ventura is one of the pastors of Grace Community Baptist Church of North Providence, Rhode Island and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Baptist Seminary. He is an author and blogger for Reformation 21 and has co-authored two books on Reformation Heritage Books A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare. He is the general editor of Going Beyond the Five Points, Covenant Theology and Lectures in Systematic Theology and is a contributor to the Reformation Heritage KJVStudy Bible. He and his wife, Vanessa, and family live in Rhode Island.
Scott Aniol, PhD, is an author, speaker, and teacher of culture, worship, aesthetics, and church ministry philosophy. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he founded Religious Affections Ministries (www.religiousaffections.org), he lectures around the world in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries, and he has authored several books, including By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, and Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World. Scott is the Editor of Artistic Theologian, a scholarly journal of worship and church ministry, and is Chairman of the Biblical Worship Program Unit of the Evangelical Theological Society. Scott holds a masters degree in Theological Studies, a masters degree in Aesthetics, and a PhD in Worship Ministry.
Mala Chindongo is pastoring Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi, where he has been laboring since 2008. ABC began as a Bible study with the help of an American missionary and has since developed into the only reformed Baptist church in Blantyre. Mala was married on June 15, 2013 and is now joined with his wife Rachel in Blantyre.
Pooyan Mehrshahi is the pastor of Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham, England. He is a native of Iran, and was converted from Zoroastrianism, when he heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in England. He is leading the Persian Bible translation project with the Trinitarian Bible Society. As the chairman of the Parsa Trust, he engages in translating, publishing and distributing Evangelical and Reformed literature throughout the world for Persian (Farsi) speakers. He is a trustee of the Bible League Trust, and was a contributor of the KJV Reformation Heritage Study Bible. He is married to Becky, and they are blessed with four children.
Dr. Carlton McLeod is the pastor at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. Dr. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Hampton University; a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He and his wife Donna have been married since 1992 and they have two beautiful daughters, Dori and Aryanna and one handsome son, Jonathan. Dr. McLeod is relentless in his pursuit to compassionately teach with a biblical worldview. After spending his early years in ministry attempting to pull young people out of the kingdom of darkness with all the world’s methods, the Lord led Dr. McLeod back to the Bible to see the critical need for constant, fervent, and Spirit led biblical family discipleship. The D6 Reformation.org was created out of this desire. His other passions in ministry include: discipleship, debt free living, the covenant of marriage, the supremacy of Scripture, servant leadership with accountability, integrity, and obedience to God, family integration – biblical manhood/biblical womanhood, and missions.
Chris Law is Pastor at Geneva Lakes Church in Lake Geneva, WI. He is a graduate of The Master’s College and Southern California Seminary. He has a passion for the local church and equipping them "for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4:12) through the expository teaching of God's Word and building up men to lead in their churches, marriages, and homes. He and his wife Jennifer have six children
Dr. Marcus J. Serven was declared the Pastor Emeritus of Covenant Family Church (OPC) in Troy, Missouri upon his retirement in October, 2016. After serving thirty-seven years in pastoral ministry he is now engaged in researching, writing, and teaching on the key figures and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation (www.genevanfoundation.com). Marcus and his wife Cheryl have nine children, six of whom are grown, along with ten grandchildren. Dr. Serven is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, BA; Fuller Theological Seminary, MDiv; and Covenant Theological Seminary, ThM and DMin. The Serven’s make their home in Austin, Texas.
Anthony Mathenia was raised in Jackson, TN and attended seminary in Memphis, TN before serving as a full-time missionary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has pastored Christ Church-Radford for five years. Anthony currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia with his wife, Hannah, and their five children.
John Snyder prepared for the ministry at Blue Mountain College, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He then completed a Ph.D. on the Eighteenth-Century Welsh revivals at the University of Wales: Trinity St. David. He is a pastor at Christ Church in New Albany, MS. John and his wife Misty live in New Albany with their three children.
Jason Dohm is a full time pastor at Sovereign Redeemer Community Church in Youngsville, NC (www.sovereignredeemerchurch.com). He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a B.A. in education and proceeded to a lengthy career in electronics manufacturing. Jason has been married to Janet for twenty-three years and has six children
Justin Huffman is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, and author—and thankful to God for each. Justin is the Associate Pastor at Cincinatti Church, and also a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary. He has pastored in the States for over 15 years. He and his wife Chau have four children. Justin has contributed articles to For the Church, Servants of Grace, Fathom Magazine, and Reformed Perspectives Magazine, and written a book titled Grow. He has also authored Daily Devotion, which is now a top-rated iTunes/Android app with over half a million downloads. Justin's passion is to help people see the relevance and sufficiency of God’s Word for daily living.
Paul White is an elder at Covenant Bible Church in Taylorsville, North Carolina where he has served since planting the church there in 2011. His desire has always been to see God's people sanctified by the Truth and for all people to know the Lord Jesus Christ through the proclamation of God's Word. For six years, CBC has stood as a testimony of God's faithfulness to the preached Word and His power through weak and feeble men. Paul has been married to his wife Cristy for nine years. They have four children.
John Latham serves as a pastor/elder at North Gabriel Christian Assembly in Austin, Texas. He helped start the church about fifteen years ago with fellow elder Don Hart, Jr. John is also a husband, father, and small-business owner. He has been married to Tobey Latham for 25 years and they have eight children and four grandchildren. John is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religious Education. He did his undergraduate work at Hardin-Simmons University and earned a BBS in Applied Theology.
Adam Madden is the Executive Director of Golden Spike Baptist Network (www.goldenspikenetwork.com). He also helps lead Christ Fellowship Salt Lake (www.christfellowshipslc.com) which is a church planting effort in northern Utah. Adam has been married to Paige for nineteen years and has nine children.
Cary Green grew up in a loose Catholic home near Lake Tapps, Washington. While attending Western Washington University, he got saved, by the grace of God! Even as a new believer he knew God was calling him to the ministry, so after college he attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. While there, he met his wife, Lois, and a year after graduating, he and his family left for nearly ten years of ministry in East Berlin. During those years they helped to plant a church (Bible Church of Berlin) and establish a Bible school (European Bible Training Center), both of which are still going strong today. The LORD moved the Green family back to the USA in 2009, where Cary again became involved in planting a church–originally called Everett Bible Church, now Cornerstone Bible Church. It is his joy and privilege to pastor this congregation. Cary and Lois have fourteen children.
Jimmy Ferebee is the founding elder/pastor of Word of Grace Community Church in Rock Hill SC. He earned his undergraduate degree in religious education at Gardner Webb College, and continued on to Southeastern Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. Jimmy has served local churches in various pastoral capacities since 1989. He has a passion to see fathers, mothers and children grow in the Lord together. Jimmy's ministry has been marked by a commitment to the Word of God and an exhortation to live sincerely with the Lord. He is joined by Lori, his wife of 24 years, and their six children – Laura, JC, Andrew, Timothy, John David, and Abigail.
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Burnings in the Soul Luncheon
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Fellowship Hall Open
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Men's Prayer Meeting
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Ridgecrest Conference Center
Ridgecrest is located 17 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40, Exit 66, approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport and 18 miles from the Asheville Bus Station. The drive to Ridgecrest is absolutely beautiful through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
From Interstate 40, take Exit 66 (Ridgecrest).
Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west) onto Dunsmore Avenue .2 mi
Turn right onto Old U.S. 70 1 mi
Ridgecrest is on the Left
* Please note: Physical address does not work in most GPS systems and mapping programs, please use the turn by turn directions provided above. The GPS Coordinates of Ridgecrest are 35 degrees 37’16.36” N. by 82 degrees 16’38.03” W.
Travel Distance and Time
From Asheville Regional Airport: 24.5 miles/32 min.
From Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport: 93.1 miles/1 hr. 39 min.
From Charlotte-Douglas International Airport: 107 miles/1 hr. 48 min.
From Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 220 miles/3 hr. 30 min.
Lodging & Food
Call the kind and helpful Ridgecrest Conference Center staff (800-588-7222) who will be able to walk you through the available rooming options and pricing choices. Rooms, which are currently available, range in price from $79 to $160 per night, many of which allow you to sleep as many people in the room as you like. Also, on-site RV parking sites are available, and tent sites are available.
Deluxe hotels, Mountain Laurel Inn and Rhododendron, offer comfortable hotel accommodations and amenities such as hair dryers, in-room irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers and complimentary wireless internet throughout the building.
Type: Deluxe Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed (5 suites)
Telephones with voice mail messaging systems
Computer data ports
Irons and ironing boards
Alarm clock CD/Radios
Type: Deluxe Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed
Telephones with voice mail messaging systems
Computer data ports
Irons and ironing boards
Meal tickets are available for eating in the Ridgecrest cafeteria. Please call Ridgecrest at 1-800-588-7222 for food selections and to purchase tickets.
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143 Old US Highway 70 East
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