The Power of the Gospel - Transforming Church and Family
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014
Ridgecrest Conference Center Asheville, NC


Speaker - Scott Brown Speaker - Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. Speaker - Kevin Swanson Speaker - Craig Houston Speaker - Dr. Joel Beeke
Speaker - John Snyder Speaker - Stephen Hopkins Speaker - Dr. Carlton McLeod Speaker - Jeff Pollard Speaker - Geoffrey Botkin
Speaker - Dan Horn Speaker - Jason Dohm Speaker - Marcus Serven

Church Leaders Gathering

  • Overview

    The Gospel’s Importance Impossible to Overemphasize
    It is difficult to overstate the importance of this matter. Paul Washer declares, “Every word and doctrine of the Scriptures is important; however, some doctrines carry greater weight than others do. Our eternal salvation does not depend upon some nuance in ecclesiology or eschatology, but it does depend entirely upon the Gospel.”1 “We are in great danger of error whenever we overemphasize the importance of one truth to the demise or neglect of the others. However, it is impossible to overstate or overemphasize the preeminence of the Gospel.”2

    The Wells of Salvation for Church and Family - Isaiah 12:3
    At this conference we will consider the work of rebuilding the most powerful of God’s earthly discipleship and evangelism engines—the church and the family. How is this possible? Only when church and family are joyfully watered “from the wells of salvation,” (Isaiah 12:3). We will explain the role of the Gospel, Repentance, Faith, the Holy Spirit and the Power of the Word of God—the interior realities that bring forth the right outward appearances of church and family life. 

    The conference will focus on the spiritual foundation of church and family life — the transforming power of the Gospel. We will examine the various elements of the order of salvation — foreknowledge, justification, sanctification, perseverance, sovereignty and glorification. Understanding the order and the content of the Gospel is the most important matter for God-glorifying family life.

    Two Institutions for the Glory of God
    God has uniquely positioned the church and the family as the primary institutions for discipleship.  Each of them play a distinctive role for the glory of God. These two institutions are designed by God to function in harmony. For example, it is very difficult to have a strong and biblically ordered family without the church, and it is equally difficult to have a strong church without a well ordered family.

    A Dual Focus
    We will focus significant time speaking of the inward heart and soul of family life. And, we will also explain the practical details of of the duties and functions of family life. 

    The Details Matter
    At this conference we will turn our attention on the details of family life and church life and how the two are designed to bless one another. Families will be refreshed by the knowledge of the way God has designed them to function at home and in the church. Church leaders will benefit from saturating themselves in the Word of God regarding their task to structure church life according to scripture in order to capitalize on God’s brilliant design.

    Inward Realities, Not Outward Appearances
    The keynote messages in the large meeting hall will focus on the interior regions of spiritual life in a family - The spiritual foundations of family life. The focus of these messages will be on the inward realities, not outward appearances. We will be speaking of repentance, faith, the work of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Word of God in family life. These are the things that are designed to create the outward realities, but without them, all you get is dead orthodoxy… joyless, legalistic families and churches.

    Shepherding the Flock of God

    There will also be a Pre-Conference Church Leaders and Wives meeting on Thursday titled "Shepherding the Flock of God."



    Burnings in the Soul

    There will als be a men's luncheon on Friday called "Burnings in the Soul." At this meeting some of our speakers will share what is burning in their souls. All men and boys are welcome.


    1. The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer, p. 15
    2 The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer, p. 17

  • Speakers

    Scott Brown

    Scott T. Brown is the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder 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, conferences on Biblical doctrine, fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. 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.

    Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.

    Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine. He is also the host of the daily podcast “Jesus Changes Everything,” which can be found on iTunes.

    Kevin Swanson 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.

    Craig Houston

    Craig Houston has served as the pastor of Westside Baptist Church since 2002. Born and raised in Astoria, Oregon, he was privileged to grow up in a fourth generation Christian home. Saved and baptized at an early age, he surrendered to preach the gospel at the age of 19. A graduate of Bayview Baptist Bible Institute and Sound Baptist Bible College, he was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1997 and sent out as a church planter in Oregon the following year. He married his sweetheart, Emily, in 1994 and the Lord has blessed them with thirteen children; Naomi, Anna & Derek Hase, Samuel, Daniel, Nathanael, Michael, Julia, Lydia, Abigail, Ezekiel, Selah, Tirzah, and Lemuel.  Pastor Craig has a heart and passion for expository preaching, reaching the lost and restoring the Christian home. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and drinking good coffee. His sermons can be found at

    Dr. Joel Beeke

    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.

    John Snyder

    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.

    Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins is a pastor/elder at Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas. He is a board member with the newly formed Texas home-school group, FORGE Ministries (Families Obediently Restoring Godly Education). His passions are family worship, open air preaching, and defense of pre-born children. Steve and his wife, Sandra, have been married for 30 years and have sixteen children and four grandchildren.

    Dr. Carlton McLeod

    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 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.

    Jeff Pollard

    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

    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.

    Dan Horn

    Dan Horn has written several books including Sanctified by God: A Call to Keep the Christian Sabbath.  Dan also founded Discerning History, a company that is dedicated to remembering God's work in the past, which had produced a DVD series on the Civil War.  Dan is married to Kendra and God has blessed them with three children.

    Jason Dohm

    Jason Dohm is a full time pastor at Sovereign Redeemer Community Church in Youngsville, NC ( 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

    Marcus Serven

    Dr. Marcus J. Serven has served as a Presbyterian minister for over thirty years (licensed in 1980, ordained in 1981), and is currently the pastor of Covenant Family Church in Troy, Missouri ( He and his wife Cheryl are blessed with nine children, five of whom are now married, and with seven grandchildren. The Servens are dedicated home-educators and have done so for twenty-nine years. Pastor Serven has a great love for verse by verse exposition of the Word of God. Marcus also delights in telling the remarkable stories of God’s providence in sermons and historical articles ( He just recently finished his doctoral dissertation on the pastoral theology of John Calvin (June, 2012). Dr. Serven has earned degrees from the University of California at Davis, B.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, M.Div., and Covenant Theological Seminary, Th.M. and D.Min. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Calvin Studies Society.

  • Schedule


    6:30 - 8:00pm Keynote #1 - Salvation - Scott Brown
    8:00 - 9:15pm Keynote #2 -Election - John Snyder
    9:30 - 11:00pm Fellowship Hall Open


    6:30 - 7:30am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:30 - 9:00am Breakfast
    9:00 - 10:00am

    1. Worship - John Snyder
    2. Semper Fi - The Great Doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints - Geoff Botkin
    3. Disciples Who Disciple Children to Make Disciples - Jason Dohm
    4. The Unity of Justice and Mercy in Salvation, Micah 6:8 - Dan Horn
    5. When Young People Leave the Faith - Steve Hopkins
    6. LOGOS Bible Software Workshop

    10:00 - 10:30am Break
    10:30 - 12:00pm Keynote #3 - Conversion - Jeff Pollard
    12:00 - 3:00pm Lunch Break
    12:00 - 3:00pm Burnings in the Soul - Beeke, Snyder, Swanson, Horn, Pollard, McLeod, Hopkins, Latham (Separate registration required.)
    3:30 - 4:30pm Keynote #4 - Justification - R.C. Sproul Jr.
    4:30 - 6:30pm Dinner Break
    6:30 - 7:30pm Keynote #5 - Sanctification - Kevin Swanson
    7:30 - 8:30pm Keynote #6 - Assurance - Dr. Joel Beeke
    8:30 - 11:00pm Fellowship Hall Open


    7:00 - 8:00am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:30 - 9:30am Breakfast
    9:30 - 10:30am Breakouts:
    1. Perseverance: Part 1 - The Word - Dr. Joel Beeke
    2. Transitioning to a Family Integrated Church - Dr. Carlton McLeod
    3. The Pastor and Personal Evangelism - Craig Houston
    4. The Law and the Gospel - Dan Horn
    5. The Gospel for All Ages - The Biblical Case for Age-Integrated Discipleship - Marcus Serven
    10:30 - 11:30am Keynote #7 - Perseverance: Part 2 - The Spirit - Dr. Joel Beeke
    11:30 - 12:00pm Platform Interview Q&A with Speakers
    12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
    1:30 - 2:45pm Keynote #8 - Glorification - Dr. Carlton McLeod
    2:45 - 3:00pm Break
    3:00 - 4:00pm Keynote #9 - Questions and Answers - Panel Discussion
    4:00 - 4:45pm Keynote #10 - Brown - Closing Message - Scott Brown
    5:00 - 6:30pm Dinner
    7:00 - 10:00pm Fellowship Hall Open


    10:00 -12:30pm Sunday Service
  • Travel

    Ridgecrest Conference Center

    Driving Directions

    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.


    1. From Interstate 40, take Exit 66 (Ridgecrest).
    2. Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west) onto Dunsmore Avenue .2 mi
    3. Turn right onto Old U.S. 70 1 mi
    4. 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

    Lodging - Ridgecrest Conference Center

    Rooms from $59 to $105 per night

    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 $59 to $105 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 for $35, and tent sites are available for $25.

    Deluxe Room

    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.

    Deluxe Room Deluxe Room Deluxe Room

    Mountain Laurel East/West

    Type: Deluxe
    Room Count: 108 rooms
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed (5 suites)


    • Wireless Internet
    • Telephones with voice mail messaging systems
    • Computer dataports
    • Hair dryers
    • Irons and ironing boards
    • Alarm clock CD/Radios
    • Coffee Makers
    • Fitness room
    • Fellowship rooms


    Type: Deluxe
    Room Count: 48 rooms
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed


    • Large rooms
    • Wireless Internet
    • Telephones with voice mail messaging systems
    • Computer dataports
    • Hair dryers
    • Irons and ironing boards
    • Clock CD/Radios
    • Coffee Makers


    On Location

    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. Ridgecrest also offers an in-house eatery and coffee shop.

    Off Location

    Number One China - .4 miles

    143 Old US Highway 70 East
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Que Sera Restaurant - 2.2 miles

    400 East State Street
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Black Mountain Bistro -2.4 miles

    203 East State Street
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta - 2.4 miles

    100 South Ridgeway Av.
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    My Father's Pizza & Pasta - 2.5 miles

    110 Cherry Street
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Pizza Hut - 2.5 miles

    250 US Highway 9,
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Domino's Pizza - 2.5 miles

    108 Broadway St,
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Taco Bell - 2.5 miles

    530 NC Highway 9
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Subway -  2.5 miles

    202 NC Highway 9
    Black Mountain, NC 28711-3427

    McDonald's - 2.5 miles

    500 NC Hwy 9
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Wendy's - 2.7 miles

    591 NC 9 Highway
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

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