2014 National Preaching Conference

"Faithful to the Call"

September 4-5, 2014   |   Hamilton, MA


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Join us September 4-5, 2014, for "Faithful to the Call." Pastors, students, ministry spouses and others who have accepted the call to be preachers to this generation will gather together for worship, training and inspired preaching. Conference participants will be equipped with tools and a renewed passion to carry out their calling through an impressive array of accomplished preachers and teachers. 

The biennial preaching conference, sponsored by the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, exists to promote preaching excellence by modeling biblical preaching, and by equipping preachers with practical skills for proclaiming the Word of God.

Plenary Speakers:

We are delighted to have the following plenary speakers for this conference. Click on each name for more information about our distinguished speakers.

Dr. Matthew Kim
Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Session Title: The Empty-ness in Faithful Ministry

Matthew D. Kim (Ph.D, University of Edinburgh) is assistant professor of preaching and ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his current position, he served as the senior pastor of Logos Central Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Matt is the author of 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry (Chalice, 2012) and Preaching to Second Generation Korean Americans: Towards a Possible Selves Contextual Homiletic (Peter Lang, 2007). His future publications include Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: The “Other” Side of Homiletics (Baker Academic, tentative title, forthcoming). He and his wife, Sarah, have three sons and live in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Pastor Bryan Loritts
Pastor, Fellowship Memphis

Session Title: Faithful to the Call

Bryan Loritts is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multi-ethnic church ministering to the urban Memphis community.  Bryan has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is currently working on his Ph.D.  In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences, and retreats.  He is the author of God on Paper and A Cross Shaped Gospel.  He was also a contributing author for the book entitled Great Preaching. Bryan was recently voted as one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders in the country by Outreach magazine.  He serves on the Board of Trustees at Biola University.  Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden.  You can follow Bryan on twitter: @bcloritts.

Dr. Carol Kaminski
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Session Title: Faithfully Leading God's People: Principles of Leadership from Chronicles

Dr. Carol M. Kaminski is Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA campus. Originally from Australia, Dr. Kaminski holds an M.A. in Old Testament and an M.A.in Religion from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include exegesis and theology of Genesis, Old Testament covenants and the meta-narrative of the Old Testament. Her dissertation, From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood, published in the Journal of the Society of Old Testament Studies Supplement Series, explores how the creation mandate is being realized in the book of Genesis. In her most recent book, Was Noah Good? Finding Favour in the Flood Narrative (T&T Clark, 2013), she explores the relationship of favor (Gen. 6:8) and righteousness (Gen. 6:9; 7:1) in the flood story. In addition to her work in Genesis, she is currently writing a commentary of 1—2 Chronicles in the new Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan). 

Dr. Kaminski has created a visual chart of the Old Testament that enables people to grasp the redemptive story of the entire Bible by using a simple and memorable acronym: CASKET EMPTY. She has created and written an Old Testament timeline, which is structured around the acronym CASKET, and is entitled: Casket Empty: God’s Plan of Redemption through History. She has written a companion Old Testament Study Guide, which is part of the CASKET EMPTY Bible Series (www.casketempty.com). She speaks at conferences and retreats, and has a passion to communicate God’s word in the local church.

Dr Kaminski and her husband Matthew have two children, Robert and Ryan. Matt serves as a pastor of the MeetingHouse Church, in Salem, Massachusetts.

Dr. Bryan Chapell
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL

Session Title: Faithful to Both Sides of the Gospel

Dr. Bryan Chapell is Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL and President Emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.

Dr. Derek Tidball
Visiting Scholar, Spurgeon’s College, London

Session Title 1: The Calling to Preach
Session Title 2: The Calling of the Preacher

Dr. Derek Tidball is the former principal of London School of Theology and is currently Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon’s College, London. Derek has supervised a number of doctoral studies in homiletics.  He is a Baptist minister who has served as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council UK and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is the author of some 30 books, several in the area of pastoral theology, and edits IVP’s Bible Speaks Today Themes series, which is especially aimed to be a resource for preachers. Derek is married to Dianne who is regional minister of the East Midlands Baptist Association in the UK.

Workshop Speakers:

Click on each name for more information about our distinguished speakers.

Dr. Scott Gibson
The Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching; Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching; Director of Th.M. Program in Preaching; Director of the A.J. Gordon Guild, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Workshop Title: Questions Preachers and Listeners Have About Preaching

Dr. Scott Gibson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1992 and has brought with him both academic and experiential knowledge of preaching. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a pastor and interim pastor in four churches in Pennsylvania and New York since 1985: First Baptist Church, New Bethlehem, PA; Harmony Baptist Church, New Castle, PA; First Baptist Church, Clarion, PA; and First Baptist Church, Lockport, NY.

At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Dr. Gibson directs the Center for Preaching and the A.J. Gordon Guild, the Ph.D. program in association with London School of Theology. Dr. Gibson is past president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and is a member of several professional and ecclesiological organizations. These include the Academy of Homiletics, the Evangelical Theological Society and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Dr. Gibson has also been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships. These included a scholarship from the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons for 1982 and 1983. From 1983-1984, he was also the recipient of the Parsonage Graduate Fellowship (a scholarship to study preaching overseas) and from 1988-1989 was a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the University of Toronto. He also received a private fellowship from September to December 1989, to study in Australia.

Dr. Gibson’s scholarly interests include contemporary issues in preaching, pastoral ministry concerns, the history of preaching, the history of evangelicalism and discipleship.

His personal interests include fishing, various sports, reading, writing, art, theater, films, antiques, books, and traveling. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Beverly, MA.

Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs
Professor of Preaching and Communication;
Chair, Division of Practical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Workshop Title: Hidden Landmines: Genre-Sensitive Preaching of Parables

Since being hired in 2002, Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs has brought a wide range of ministry and communication experience to his position at Gordon-Conwell. An experienced teacher and pastor, he has taught at every level, from grade school to grad school. His passion is preaching, and he carries on an active ministry of pulpit supply and conference speaking and is past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He is currently teaching elder at his home church in MA.

In addition to serving regularly as a teacher and pastor, Dr. Arthurs served for one year as a missionary in the Philippines, where he and his wife assisted a church planter by training lay ministers. He has also had experience working part-time as an announcer at two radio stations and providing consulting services to businesses and churches. His most recent consulting work has involved training churches on leading worship services and reading Scripture. Throughout these varied roles, his personal mission statement has remained the same: “To communicate the truth and to equip others to do the same.”

An active scholar and author, Dr. Arthurs’ scholarly interests include the intersection of exegesis and homiletics, preaching the literary forms of Scripture, public reading of Scripture, and rhetorical theory. He is one of the general editors for Kerux, a commentary series designed to assist preachers.

Jeff has been married for more than 30 years and enjoys playing tennis and disc golf with his wife. His personal interests in the past have included acting in college and grad school productions. Now, he enjoys exercising and playing games. He and his family reside in South Hamilton, MA.

Dr. Patricia Batten
Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Workshop Title: Is That Preacher a Model?

Dr. Patricia Batten has been an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell since 2007, teaching homiletics and creating preaching electives for students.

Dr. Batten studied preaching for a year in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a recipient of the Parish Pulpit Preaching Fellowship from Gordon-Conwell. She has also led a number of workshops on preaching, most recently at the 2008 Preaching Conference at Gordon-Conwell.

She is also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church USA and has been active in pastoral ministry since 2002. Until 2007, she was the full-time pastor of a church in Maine, where she increased attendance at the weekly service and Bible study program and created a Sunday school curriculum. Currently, she provides pulpit supply at area churches and preaches regularly at Hope Community Church in Newburyport, MA. She is also experienced in other facets of church ministry and has coordinated VBS, led a youth mission trip to Russia, taught a weekly group for high school students and participated in a leadership development initiative.

Dr. Batten’s scholarly interests include narrative preaching, creativity in preaching and preaching with relevance.

Dr. Batten’s personal interests include creative writing and walking by the water with her children.

Dr. Jim Singleton
Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Workshop Title:Connecting Leadership and Preaching

Dr. Jim Singleton joined Gordon-Conwell as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism in 2012, bringing with him many years of church leadership experience. He previously served on Gordon-Conwell’s faculty as adjunct professor in Presbyterian polity and history at the Hamilton campus in 1991.

The son of a Presbyterian pastor, Dr. Singleton’s call to ministry began early in his high school years and intensified in college. His particular interests lie in evangelism and the mission of the local church. He has a passion for helping equip congregations to better fulfill their global mission.

Prior to his current post at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Singleton served as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington and most recently, First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,200 members.

He has taught at several seminaries around the world, including ones in Virginia, Texas, Washington, Moscow and Zambia. In addition to teaching and preaching, Dr. Singleton has participated in cross-cultural missions in places like Mongolia, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico and India, to name a few.

Dr. Singleton serves on the board of trustees at Ecumenical Service Ministries and Whitworth College, where he is vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and chairman of the Committee on Trustees. Dr. Singleton is also on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry at Pueblo Presbytery.

Dr. Singleton is an avid fan of baseball statistics, history, hiking and cross-country skiing. He and his wife, Sara, have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel.

Professor Quonekuia Day
Instructor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Workshop Title: Answering the Call, Knowing the Time, and Discerning the Purpose

Prof. Quonekuia Day joined the Gordon-Conwell faculty full-time in 2009 after having worked for the seminary since 2004 as Coordinator of Student Advisement and Mentored Ministry for the Boston campus and as a teaching assistant and adjunct professor. She has also taught for Vision New England and Greater Love Tabernacle in Roxbury, MA.

Prior to teaching at Gordon-Conwell, Prof. Day, a licensed clinical social worker, worked for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. From 1997-2001, she worked as a case management social worker for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, and in 1996, spent a year as a family treatment specialist/substance abuse counselor at Dimock Community Health Center in Boston. She has also used her social work skills to co-facilitate a substance abuse support group and coordinate an outreach program at Greater Love Tabernacle.

A licensed evangelist of the International Church of God in Christ, Prof. Day is currently the District President in Boston for the denomination’s Young Women’s Christian Council. She has also served as a conference and workshop speaker for the YWCC and other Christian groups.

Dr. Nick Gatzke
Senior Pastor of Osterville Baptist Church, Cape Cod, MA

Workshop Title: Maintaining Authority in an Anti-Christian Environment

Dr. Nick Gatzke holds a Ph.D in Homiletics from the London School of Theology and enjoys study in Preaching and Postmodern Culture and Preaching and Leadership. He and his wife, Amy, and their two daughters, reside in Osterville where they seek to share the light of Christ in one of the least Evangelical communities in the United States.
Matt Woodley
Managing Editor of PreachingToday.com


Workshop Title: Life by Preaching: Five Practices to Revive a Preacher's Soul

Matt Woodley is the managing editor of PreachingToday.com (Christianity Today) and the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. Prior to that, Matt pastored churches in Minnesota and on Long Island. He’s also the author of God With Us: The Gospel of Matthew, The Folly of Prayer, and Billy Graham: Leading with Love: 5 Timeless Principles of Leadership.

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Conference Schedule

This is the basic conference schedule. Please note that the schedule may be subject to change. If you have specific questions regarding the schedule please call us at (978) 646-4190. Main sessions will take place in the Kaiser Chapel at Gordon-Conwell. More location details will be provided for registration closer to the conference date. See "Conference Details" below for maps of our campus.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Session I: Plenary Preaching
Dr. Matthew Kim: The Empty-ness in Faithful Ministry
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session II: Plenary Teaching
Dr. Derek Tidball: The Calling to Preach
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Workshops
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Session III: Plenary Preaching
Pastor Bryan Loritts: Faithful

Friday, September 5, 2014

8:00 a.m. Doors Open
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Session IV: Plenary Preaching
Dr. Carol Kaminski: Faithfully Leading God's People:
Principles of Leadership From Chronicles
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session V: Plenary Teaching
Dr. Derek Tidball: The Calling of the Preacher
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Workshops (Same as Thursday Workshops)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Session VI: Plenary Preaching
Dr. Bryan Chapell: Faithful to Both Sides of the Gospel

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Conference Details

Conference Costs & Registration:

Click here to register for Faithful to the Call.

General Registration: The registration cost for the conference includes the registration, handouts, and snacks. Please note dates below. These are the options for registration without the conference meal package. Meal packages are sold separately (see below):

General Registration*                      $140

Spouse (w/ individual registration)     $110

Alumni & Group Rate*                     $110

[Current] GCTS Student/Spouse       $30

GCTS Faculty/Staff/Spouse              $0

* Includes 1 year subscription to PulpitTalk (General Registration & Individuals with Groups)

Group Registration: All group registrations must be submitted together (paper or online) to qualify for the group rate unless otherwise instructed by the Center for Preaching. The group registration rate is available until August 28 after which the late individual rate will be in place.

Gordon-Conwell Community: Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available until August 28, 2014.

Meal Package: Meal packages of $20 are available for the conference and include 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Meal packages will not be sold after August 21, 2014.

Special Meals: If you request a special meal at registration (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), it is your responsibility to ask the Dining Services staff during the conference meal times to receive your meal. Requests not made by August 21, 2014 may not be accommodated due to planning.

One-Day Rate: One-day rates are not available at this time, but may open up a week or two prior to the event.

Walk-In Registration: Walk-in registrations may be accommodated on the day-of the event pending seat availability, however, meals will not be sold to walk-in registrants. Please plan accordingly.

Confirmations and Cancellations:

You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation. Phone and mailed registrations will only receive receipts upon request. Due to planning involved with the conference, please note the following dates involving registration cancellations.

   Cancellations must be received by August 4, 2014 to receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee.
   Cancellations made by August 21, 2014 will be refunded 50%.
   Cancellations after August 21, 2014 will not be refunded.

Location and Maps:

The conference will be held in the Academic Center and Kaiser Chapel of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA. Registration will be held in the Kaiser Chapel Lobby. Please see the above schedule for specific times for registration and sessions.

Click on the links below for maps of our campus:

    Academic Center Map - CLICK HERE
    Kerr Building Map - CLICK HERE
    Gordon-Conwell Campus Map - CLICK HERE

Lodging Information:

Listed below are accommodations within 30 minutes of the seminary. Participants must arrange their own accommodations.

Courtyard Boston Danvers ($134/night plus tax)
275 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923 | (978) 777-8630
Request "Gordon-Conwell Preaching Conference Room Block"
Valid until: Wednesday, August 15, 2014

SpringHill Suites Boston Peabody ($119/night plus tax)
43 Newbury Street (US 1 North), Peabody, MA 01960 | (978) 535-5000
Request "Gordon-Conwell Preaching Conference Room Block"
Valid until: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For more information, click here.

Directions to Campus:

Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow Billy Graham Way and the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.

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Registration may be completed online or over the phone. For more detailed information about conference rates and walk-in registration, look under "Conference Details" under "Conference Costs & Registration."

  • Online Registration: CLICK HERE
  • Phone Registration: Call 978.646.4190

Exhibitor Information:

We are excited to partner with your organization for this conference. This partnership may take many forms such as a Conference Sponsor, having an Exhibit Booth displaying your product, or placing an ad in our conference notebook. Please download our Exhibitor Packet for more information and packages offered for the conference. To participate with your organization for this conference, please fill out and submit the last page of the Exhibitor Packet and mail to the following address or email to preaching@gcts.edu.

Center for Preaching, GCTS
National Preaching Conference, Exhibitor
130 Essex Street
S. Hamilton, MA 01982





Contact us with any questions related to the conference:

Phone: 978.646.4190
Email:  preaching@gcts.edu.

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