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The Worship of God
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2013


Scott Brown Sam Waldron Kevin Swanson Dr. Joseph Morecraft, III
Dr. Joel Beeke Geoffrey Botkin Jason Dohm
  • Speakers

    Scott Brown

    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.

    Sam Waldron

    Sam Waldron has been married for 42 years to his dear wife, Charlene.  He received a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005.  His dissertation entitled, Faith, Obedience, and Justification:  Recent Evangelical Departures form Sola Fide has also been published.  He is now one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky. He serves as the Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.  Sam enjoys reading, weight-lifting, walking, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren of which he has 12 with number 13 on the way.  He is the author of A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession; The End Times Made Simple; with Richard Barcellos A Reformed Baptist Manifesto, and several other books. In 2013 his two most recent books were published: A Man as Priest in His Home and Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved.

    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.

    Dr. Joseph Morecraft, III

    Dr. Joe Morecraft, III is an ordained minister (RPCUS) and has pastored Chalcedon Presbyterian Church of Cumming, GA, since 1974. Dr. Morecraft received a B.A. in History from King College in Bristol, TN, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, and a Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Morecraft has lectured in such places as South Africa, England, Scotland, El Salvador, and Cypress. He has authored numerous articles and three books: Liberation Theology: Prelude to Revolution, How God Wants Us to Worship Him, and With Liberty and Justice for All. In 1986, Dr. Morecraft was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 7th Congressional District of Georgia. Dr. Morecraft is married to his wife Becky and they have four children.

    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.

    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.

    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

  • Schedule


    12:00 - 3:00pm Burning in the Soul - Registration
    4:30 - 6:00pm Dinner Break
    6:00 - 6:30pm Introduction
    6:30 - 7:30pm Keynote #1 - The Worship of God - Scott Brown
    7:30 - 8:00pm Break
    8:00 - 9:00pm Keynote #2 - You Don’t Have to Die to Go to Heaven - Joe Morecraft


    6:00 - 7:00am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:00 - 8:15am Breakfast
    8:15 - 9:15am Breakout #1-8
    Is There a Regulative Principle of Worship? - Sam Waldron
    Why We Should Sing the Psalms - Joel Beeke
    Modesty in Worship - Jeff Pollard
    Preaching the Word of God as Worship - Marcus Serven
    Keeping Worship in Family Worship - Jason Dohm
    Why Don't We Dance or Wash Feet In Worship? - Dan Horn
    What Are the Elements of the Worship of God? - Don Hart
    Increasing Joy in Worship Through Giving - Gary Powers
    9:15 - 9:45am Break
    9:45 - 10:45am Keynote #3 - The Regulative Principle in Confessions of Faith - Sam Waldron
    10:45 - 11:00am Break
    11:00 - 12:00pm Keynote #4 - Puritan Theology of Worship - Joel Beeke
    12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
    1:30 - 2:30pm Breakout #9-16
    The Regulative Principle of Worship - Confessional Formulations - Joe Morecraft
    What Do We Learn About Worship from the Old Testament? - Sam Waldron
    Does Music Really Affect Us? - Jeff Pollard
    Baptism as Worship - Craig Houston
    The History of the Public Worship of God from the Time of the Early Church to the Reformation - Dan Ford
    How Nations are Required to Worship, Psalm 2 - Geoff Botkin
    Work as Worship, The Fourth Commandment - Dan Horn
    Worship and Spiritual Warfare - Don Hart
    2:30 - 3:00pm Break
    3:00 - 4:00pm Keynote #5 - Teaching Your Family to Worship - Joel Beeke
    4:30 - 6:00pm Dinner Break
    6:00 - 6:30pm Introduction
    6:30 - 7:30pm Keynote #6 - Only Two Kinds of Worship - Scott Brown?
    7:30 - 8:00pm Introduction
    8:00 - 9:00pm Keynote #7 - How Worldview Affects Music and Worship - Kevin Swanson


    6:00 - 7:00am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:00 - 8:15am Breakfast
    8:15 - 9:15am Breakout #17-25
    Music in Worship - Kevin Swanson
    Reading the Word of God as Worship - Marcus Serven
    Can I Use Any Form of Music to Worship God? - Jeff Pollard
    The Father’s Unique Role in Daily Worship - Geoff Botkin
    The History of the Public Worship of God from the Time of the Reformation - Dan Ford
    The Lord’s Supper as Worship - Jason Dohm
    The Use of Images in Worship, The Second Commandment - Dan Horn
    Singing as Worship - Craig Houston
    9:15 - 9:30am Break
    9:30 - 10:30am Breakout #26-32
    Prayer as Worship - Joel Beeke
    Does God Regulate Worship More Tightly Than the Rest of Life? - Joe Morecraft
    Men and Women in Worship - Kevin Swanson
    What the 20th Century Music Has Done to the Protestant Church in America - Geoff Botkin
    The Regulative Principle - Marcus Serven
    Giving as Worship - Jason Dohm
    The Role of Oaths and Vows in Worship, The Third Commandment - Dan Horn
    Preaching as Worship - Craig Houston
    10:30 - 11:00am Break
    11:00 - 12:00pm Keynote #8 - How Does Music Affect the Worship of God? - Jeff Pollard
    12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
    1:30 - 1:45pm Introduction
    1:45 - 3:00pm Q&A Discussion
    3:00 - 4:00pm Keynote #9 - Worship is a Sovereign Mercy - Scott Brown
    5:00 - 6:30pm Dinner


    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 $55 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 $55 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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