The Worship of God
Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2013
Ridgecrest Conference Center Asheville, NC

Join Pastors & Evangelists

Scott Brown Joel Beeke Kevin Swanson Joe Morecraft Jeff Pollard Dan FordJason Dohm Dan Horn Serven Geoff Botkin Craig HoustonGary Powers


  • Overview

    Please join us on October 31-November 2, 2013, to consider, “The Worship of God.” At this conference, we will seek to examine and experience the worship of God and to say with king David, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). Our starting point will be to establish that God must be worshipped in the way He has designed, not the way man desires. Then, we will study the various categories of biblical truth that teach us about worship. Is there any more important activity for the human soul? Is there any more important category of Christian theology? Is there anything more powerful in the hearts and lives of men? Is there anything more pivotal for home life? Is there anything more important in church life and community life, than the worship of God?

    Here are some topics that we will be covering:

    1. The God we worship
    2. The Biblical categories of worship
    3. Preaching the Word of God as worship
    4. Singing as worship
    5. Reading the Word of God as worship
    6. Prayer as worship
    7. The Lord’s Supper as worship
    8. Baptism as worship
    9. Giving as worship
    10. Worship as described in the great confessions of faith
    11. The power and influence of music
    12. The worldviews communicated by music
    13. Why not use images in worship?
    14. What about emotions in worship?
    15. What does the Bible say about physical expressions in worship?
    16. Why did God create music?
    17. Should we sing the imprecatory Psalms?
    18. The feminizing influence of modern church music
    19. Is there a place for modern music in the believer’s life?
    20. How do you teach your family to worship?
    21. How do you keep the worship in family worship?
    22. How do I grow in my personal worship?
    23. Work as worship
    24. What the Bible says about taking oaths and vows in worship
    25. Why don’t we dance or wash feet in worship?
    26. Why church worship should not be divided by age?
    27. What about worship on the Lord’s day – is there a Christian Sabbath?
    28. What about joy in worship?
    29. Why does God destroy nations for their worship?
    30. What is the regulative principle based on?
    31. Is there one principle for governing worship and another for all of life?
    32. How should music be used in corporate worship?
    33. Why we should sing the Psalms?
    34. The Puritans theology and practice of worship
    35. Men and women in worship 
    36. How do you “worship in spirit and truth?
    37. Congregational singing
    38. What was worship like in the early Church?
    39. What does worship in the temple Have to do with worship today?
    40. The history of public worship  
    41. Worship and the judgment of God
    42. Worship in the Old Testament
    43. Instruments in worship
  • Speakers

    Scott T. 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 most of his time to local pastoral ministry, conferences on fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. He has been married to Deborah for thirty one years, and they have four grown children. Scott also helps people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family.

    Kevin Swanson

    Kevin Swanson was homeschooled in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Kevin has over 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado and Generations with Vision. Today, Kevin is a homeschool father of five, host of a daily radio program broadcast around the world, and is a published author of several books, including Upgrade - 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child. Serving as a passionate supporter of home education, he has been interviewed on hundreds of media outlets, including Dr. James’ Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the Fox News Network.

    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 20 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 fifty books and contributed over fifteen hundred 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.

    Sam Waldron

    Sam Waldron received a Bachelor of Religious Education from Grand Rapids Baptist College and completed studies equivalent to a Master of Divinity at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey in 1982, and graduated from the Master of Theology program at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1987. He has authored a number of books including The Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession, The Reformed Baptist Manifesto, The End Times Made Simple, More of the End Times Made Simple, To Be Continued? and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response. He is now one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY.  He also serves as the Academic Dean of and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies.  Sam enjoys reading, weight-lifting, walking, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  His book, A Man as Priest in His Home, was published in 2013 and speaks to the need for wise, assertive, sensitive, and compassionate leadership by men in their homes.

    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.

    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?

    Jason Dohm

    Jason Dohm has been married to Janet for twenty-two years, with a wonderful result being six children ages seven to eighteen.  Following a lengthy career in electronics manufacturing, Jason now serves fulltime as an elder of 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.

    Don Hart

    Don Hart is an elder at North Gabriel Christian Assembly. Don Hart is also the Founder and President of Heritage Defense, a national, non-profit legal advocacy organization and is a rancher and licensed Texas attorney. As owner of the Law Office of Don Hart, his practice includes serving as General Counsel for Vision Forum Ministries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech Law School, where he was a member of state and national moot court teams and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy. A significant part of Don’s practice involves fighting to defend Christian, homeschooling families against usurpatious government interference. Don is honored to serve as an elder in his local church. Above all, Don aspires to be a devoted husband to his bride D’Ann, faithful father to his seven children (Emalee, Katherine, Hannah, Valor, Victor, Jackson, and Faith), and a humble bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Gary Powers

    Gary Powers is an elder at Geneva Lakes Church, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the CEO of Ortho Molecular Products, Inc., one of the fastest growing dietary supplement companies in America, and a leading proponent of Lifestyle Medicine. Besides founding Ortho Molecular Products in 1989, Mr. Powers has recently started several new businesses with his oldest children. Each of these endeavors is centered in the natural products and organic farming industries. Gary and his wife Patti have been married for 27 years and have 10 children.

    Marcus Serven

    Marcus Serven has been a Presbyterian minister since 1980 and currently serves as the presiding pastor of Covenant Family Church. He and his wife Cheryl are blessed with nine children, three of whom are now married, and one grandchild. The Servens are dedicated home-educators and have done so for twenty-seven 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.

    Craig Houston

    Craig D. Houston is an elder at Westside Baptist Church. Privileged to grow up in a Christian home, Craig came to faith at a young age and was baptized. He married his sweetheart, Emily (Grogan), in 1994. They have have been blessed with eleven children and are seeking to raise them for the Kingdom of God. Craig was called to preach at 19, trained under his pastor in the local church and ordained into the Gospel ministry in 1997. He was sent out to plant a church in Oregon in 1998 and has been privileged to pastor Westside Baptist Church in Bremerton, Washington, since 2002.

    Craig has a passion for the glory of God, the global advance of the Gospel, expository Bible preaching, restoring the Christian home, and uniting church and family.

    For information about Westside Baptist Church, go to For the preaching, teaching and writing ministry of Pastor Craig Houston, please visit

    Dan Ford

    An avid collector of artifacts and historic documents, Dan Ford delights in using his original source documents to demonstrate the abundant evidence of our godly cultural inheritance. Dan is the author of the illustrated work, In the Name of God, Amen. He and his wife Theresa reside in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Dan Horn

    Dan Horn is a computer programmer who has been the president of Datatek, Inc., a small software firm, for fourteen years. He has been married to Kendra for eighteen years and they have three children, Joshua, Rachel, and Stephen. Dan and his family are members of Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

    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.

  • 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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