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The Highway of Holiness
Oct. 29 - 31, 2015
Ridgecrest Conference Center
1 Ridgecrest Dr Black Mountain, NC


Scott Brown Clarence Simmons Dr. Joel Beeke Paul Washer John Snyder Kevin Swanson Richard Harding Jeff Pollard Dr. Carlton McLeod Mark Liddle Craig Houston Jason Dohm Marcus Serven Paul Thompson Malamulo Chindongo Joseph Dooley Kris Baines Brian Cosby Geoffrey Botkin Curtis Bowers

Burnings in the Soul

  • 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.

    Clarence Simmons

    Clarence Simmons labors at Chapel Library Publishers, a ministry of Mt. Zion Bible Church, which sends Christ-centered literature worldwide without charge. He serves as an elder in the church, preaches to a group of men in the local rescue mission, and encourages young people to seek the God of the Bible, in a local Safe House for children. Passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ, his goal in life is to live the truths of that gospel before his family and his community. He is husband to Candace and a father of seven 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.

    Paul Washer

    Paul Washer became a believer while studying at the University of Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies and enrolled at Southwestern Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. After graduating, he moved to Peru and served there as a missionary for 10 years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian church planters. HeartCry's work now supports over 100 indigenous missionaries in over 20 countries throughout Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

    An itinerant preacher, Paul also frequently teaches at the new church plant in Radford, Virginia, and is the author of The One True God: A Biblical Study of the Doctrine of God.

    Paul serves as the Director and one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society ( He and his wife Charo have three children: Ian, Evan, and Rowan. Their family resides in Radford, VA

    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.

    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.

    Richard Harding

    Richard Harding is the founding pastor of Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Williston, Florida which he began in 1974. He graduated from a State University and then Luther Rice Seminary with a Masters in Theology. He was raised with the godly training of his grandmother. He made an early profession of faith at age 12 and then, at age 25 he found it to be deficient when God did a work of grace in his life, revealing his sin and Jesus Christ as His Savior.  He is the father of 11 children and 50 grandchildren.

    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?

    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.

    Mark Liddle

    Mark Liddle has been the Pastor of Dominion Baptist Church since 1999. He graduated from Liberty University with a B.A. in Youth Ministries. He was mentored by Dr H. Rondel Rumburg while assisting him in ministry from 1985-1999. His wife Colleen passed away in December of 2011 after a six year battle with cancer. He has four lovely daughters named Elizabeth, Christiana, Rebekah and Caroline. 

    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

    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 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 ( 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. 

    Paul Thompson

    Paul Thompson is the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho (since 2001). Paul and his wife Renee have two adult sons. He is the founder of Wilderness Adventure Ministries, founder of New Horizon Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, enjoys gardening, and is an avid reader. He served as president of the Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention from 2008-2009 and was president of the Saudi Advocacy Network from 2006-2012. Following the 2010 Port-au-Prince, Haiti earthquake Paul and his church were among the 10 Americans arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. You can read his journal from those God-ordained days at

    Malamulo Chindongo

    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. 

    Joseph Dooley

    Joseph Dooley is a Pastor/Teaching Elder at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church.  He has served as a pastor in West Virginia and Georgia for the last 30 years. The last ten years were focused on planting a family (age)-integrated church and mentoring other pastors and families that desire to plant churches in Georgia. Joe is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Education. He, his wife of 25 years, and six children ranging from 19 to 5 live in Northeast, Ga. He, along with his elders at Grace, desire to present a changeless Christ in a very rapidly changing culture. 

    Kris Baines

    Kris Baines lives with his wife Becky, and their 7 children “down under” in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is one of the pastor-elders in the church he planted in 2002 as a Calvary Chapel. Since then, the Holy Spirit has brought about some challenging, yet exciting reformation in the church. This has included the transition to age integration, a deeper commitment to Biblically qualified leadership, and the preaching of a gospel that emphasizes the sovereignty of God. In 2014, the church opted out of affiliation with the CC movement and became Redemption Church. In addition to pastoral ministry, and part-time work as a paramedic and composer, Kris leads The Psalm 12:1 Project - a ministry dedicated to the restoration of Biblical manhood. One of the greatest passions Kris has, is to see believers embrace the sufficiency of Scripture and discover the blessings of God through Spirit-empowered obedience.

    Brian Cosby Brian Cosby (PhD, Australian College of Theology) serves as senior pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and visiting professor of church history at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible and Suffering and Sovereignty: John Flavel and the Puritans on Afflictive Providence.

    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.

    Curtis Bowers

    Curtis and Lauren Bowers have been singing favorite hymns with their 9 children for many years. As a family they've been able to help Curtis with his unique adventures: opening and operating three fondue restaurants, serving in the Idaho State Legislature and most recently, filmmaking. In 2010, the Bowers family produced the award winning documentary, AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN. They have since traveled to over 40 states speaking and singing to promote it. Their new film, AGENDA 2: MASTERS OF DECEIT, was released in October. The Bowers begin a 10 month film tour in January.

  • Schedule


    12:00 - 3:00pm Registration
    12:00 - 3:00pm Burnings in the Soul Luncheon (Separate Registration Required)
    6:30 - 8:00pm Keynote #1 - The Highway of Holiness - Isaiah 35 - Scott Brown
    8:00 - 9:15pm Keynote #2 -The Holiness of God - Christ in Glory - Paul Washer
    9:15 - 11:00pm Fellowship Hall Open


    6:15 - 7:15am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:15 - 9:00am Breakfast
    9:00 - 10:00am Keynote #3 - Christ Our Sanctification - John Snyder
    10:00 - 10:30am Break
    10:30 - 12:00pm Keynote #4 - Holiness of the Holy Spirit - Joel Beeke
    12:00 - 3:30pm Lunch Break
    3:30 - 4:30pm Keynote #5 - The Holy Believer - Carlton McLeod
    4:30 - 6:30pm Dinner Break
    6:30 - 7:30pm Keynote #6 - A Holy Church - Jeff Pollard
    7:30 - 8:30pm Keynote #7 - The Holiness of God - Christ on Calvary - Paul Washer
    8:30 - 11:00pm Fellowship Time - Singing with the Bowers


    6:15 - 7:15am Men's Prayer Meeting
    7:15 - 8:30am Breakfast
    8:30 - 9:30am Breakouts:
    1. Definitive and Progressive Sanctification - Marcus Serven
    2. The Saving Grace of God in Christ is Our Holiness - Clarence Simmons
    3. How God Measures National Holiness - Geoff Botkin
    4. The Triumph of Holiness - Mark Liddle
    5. The Holiness of God in the Soul of Man - Malamulo Chindongo
    6. Charles Simeon on Holiness - Joseph Dooley
    7. The Inconvenient Holiness of the Word of God - Brian Cosby
    9:30 - 9:45am Break
    9:45 - 10:45am Breakouts:
    8. Lessons From The Past: The Dangers Of A Wrong Pursuit Of Holiness - John Snyder
    9. Adorned with Beautiful Holiness - Craig Houston
    10. The Misery of Pretenders - Paul Thompson
    11. The Beautiful Paradox of Holiness - Kris Baines
    12. J.C. Ryle’s Classic, “Holiness” - Jason Dohm
    13. In Pursuit Of The Perfect Will Of God - Richard Harding
    14. The Holy Day - Why We Must Keep It - Dan Horn
    10:45 - 11:00am Break
    11:00 - 12:00pm Keynote #8 - The Fullness of God in Christ and Our Sanctification - John Snyder
    12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
    1:30 - 2:45pm Keynote #9 - Killing the Deeds of the Flesh - Romans 8:13 - Kevin Swanson
    2:45 - 3:00pm Break
    3:00 - 4:00pm Keynote #10 - Questions and Answers - Panel Discussion
    4:00 - 4:45pm Keynote #11 - Conclusion - Scott Brown
    5:00 - 7:00pm 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

    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 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 RoomDeluxe RoomDeluxe Room


    Mountain Laurel

    Type: Deluxe
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed (5 suites)



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



    Type: Deluxe
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed



    • Large rooms
    • Wireless Internet
    • Telephones with voice mail messaging systems
    • Computer data ports
    • Hairdryers
    • Irons and ironing boards
    • Clock CD/Radios
    • Coffee Makers



    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.


    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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