Revelation: The Sovereign Reign of the Exalted Christ

Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2020

Grand Rapids • March 13-15, 2020

Joel Beeke • Richard Phillips • Philip Ryken
Derek Thomas • Cornelis Venema

First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center
8541 Byron Center Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Philadelphia • April 24-26, 2020

G. K. Beale • Joel Beeke • Richard Phillips
Philip Ryken • Derek Thomas

Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Schedule l Speaker Biographies l Hotel Information



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8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:15 a.m. Opening Bible Study
9:45 a.m. Session 1
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Session 2
12:00 p.m. Lunch (at local restaurants)
2:00 p.m. Session 3
3:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:45 p.m. End of Pre-Conference

Conference: Revelation: The Sovereign Reign of the Exalted Christ
6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. Opening of the 2020 PCRT
Plenary 1


8:00 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Plenary 2
10:30 a.m. Plenary 3
11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Session (All Speakers)
12:00 p.m. Lunch (at local restaurants)
2:00 p.m. Plenary 4
3:15–4:30 p.m. Workshops
4:30 p.m. Dinner (at local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. Plenary 5

Sunday PCRT joins host church worship for final address.
Plenary 6
9:30 a.m. PCRT worships with First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center, Grand Rapids
11:00 a.m. PCRT worships with Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr

Speaker Biographies

Gregory Beale holds the J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament and is research professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. His expertise is in the use of the Old Testament in the New and its contribution to biblical theology, the unity of the two Testaments, and the hermeneutical significance thereof. Dr. Beale’s academic degrees include a B.A. and M.A. from Southern Methodist University, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. Greg and his wife currently reside in Philadelphia. They have three grown children.
Joel Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editorial director of Puritan Reformed Journal and Reformation Heritage Books, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written and co-authored over one hundred books including, Reformed Systematic Theology, Vol. 1: Revelation and God; Reformed Preaching; and A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.
Richard Phillips is chair of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology and the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. An officer in the United States Army for thirteen years, Phillips commanded tank units and later served as assistant professor of leadership at West Point before resigning with the rank of major to enter the ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including, The God of Creation: Truth and Gospel in Genesis 1, The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men and I Samuel Reformed Expository Commentary.
Philip Ryken is the president of Wheaton College and the Bible teacher of Every Last Word radio and internet broadcasts. Dr. Ryken earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. He preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. Dr. Ryken has published more than 50 books, including The Message of Salvation, Art for God’s Sake, When Trouble Comes, and expository commentaries on Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Luke, Galatians, and other books of the Bible. He and his wife Lisa have five children.
Derek Thomas is Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. He is from Wales. He is a graduate of the University of Wales (Bc.S), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div), and University of Wales/Lampeter (Ph.D.). Derek was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, where he served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before going to Mississippi. He is the Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Atlanta and a well published author. Derek and his wife Rosemary have two grown children. 
Cornelis Venema is president and professor of Doctrinal Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary and associate pastor at Redeemer United Reformed Church in Dyer, IN. He is also co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology and contributing editor of The Outlook. Educated at Dordt College, Iowa, and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Venema received his Ph.D. in 1985 from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is author of many books, including The Promise of the Future, Christ and the Future, and The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. Dr. Venema is married to Nancy, and they have four children.

Hotel Information

Please call the hotel directly and mention, "The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals" to receive the special conference rate.

Grand Rapids
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
2150 Metro Lane
Wyoming, MI 49519
Call 616-724-1234 by February 20th
3.6 miles from the church

Baymont Inn & Suites
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Drive SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Call 616-583-9535 by January 30th
$114/night (includes breakfast)
2.9 miles from the church

The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Avenue
St. Davids, PA 19087
Call 610-688-5800 by April 2nd
4 miles from the church

Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia
1100 Drummers Lane
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-687-6700 by April 2nd
8.2 miles from the church