Contentment in Christ

Quakertown Women's Conference 2020

Plenary Speakers

Megan Hill
Kathleen Nielson
Mary Willson

Workshop Speakers

Cecelia Bernhardt
Lisa Bomgardner
Kaylena Radcliff


May 15-16, 2020


Grace Bible Fellowship Church
1811 Old Bethlehem Pike North
Quakertown, PA 18951

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Conference Description

Contentment is a command for Christian believers. The author of Hebrews declares, “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” It is also something that Christians like the apostle Paul experienced, and in circumstances where contentment would not be expected. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities,” Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Why, then, is contentment so elusive for so many Christians? And what is Christ-centered contentment, anyway? What does it look like in the day-to-day life of a Christian? “To talk of contentment in the day of health and prosperity is easy enough,” J.C. Ryle wrote in 1885, “but to be content in the midst of poverty, sickness, trouble, disappointments and losses – is a state of mind to which very few can attain!”

But contentment is attainable for Christian believers, though it is a quality that must be cultivated, as Paul did. “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content,” he noted. Paul learned contentment. It did not come naturally to him but was something that he acquired over the course of his life as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, which has hosted the Quakertown Conference on Reformed Theology since its inception in 2008 and held its first women’s conference in 2018, is offering a two-day conference for women, entitled, “Contentment in Christ.” Through four plenary sessions and two workshops, those who attend will be encouraged by subjects like “Contentment in Adverse Circumstances,” “Contentment and Riches,” and “Cultivating Contentment.”

We are greatly honored to welcome plenary speakers Megan Hill, Kathleen Nielson, and Mary Willson, and workshop speakers Cecelia Bernhardt, Lisa Bomgardner and Kaylena Radcliff. The conference is scheduled for May 15-16, 2020 in Quakertown, PA, less than an hour north of Philadelphia and 30 minutes south of Allentown. Women of all ages are invited to a time of teaching, worship, and edification.

Please consider joining us. We know you will be blessed as, together, we sit under the teaching of God’s inerrant, authoritative and life-giving Word.


Friday, May 15, 2020
6:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Contentment in Christ, Megan Hill
8:15 p.m. Contentment in Adverse Circumstances, Kathleen Nielson

Saturday, May 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Contentment and Riches, Mary Willson
10:15 a.m. Workshop # 1
    - Letting the Poetry Speak, Kathleen Nielson
    - God’s Love in the Deepest Pit: Lessons from the Life of Corrie ten Boom, Kaylena Radcliff
    - Pushing Through Loneliness to Contentment, Cecilia Bernhardt
11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Session
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Workshop # 2
    - On Lament: Sorrow Beyond Expression, Hope Beyond Compare, Mary Willson
    - Letting the Poetry Speak, Kathleen Nielson
    - Workshop Option #3 (TBA)
3:00 p.m. Cultivating Contentment, Megan Hill
4:00 p.m. Closing Announcements and Benediction


Speaker Biographies

Megan Hill is a pastor’s wife living in Massachusetts and an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Contentment: Seeing God’s Goodness (P&R, 2018) and Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches (Crossway/TGC, 2016). Her writing has appeared in various publications including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Today in the Word, Reformation 21, Focus on the Family, Desiring God, and Tabletalk. She belongs to West Springfield Covenant Community Church. 

Kathleen Nielson (MA, PhD in literature, Vanderbilt University) has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, the book Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, and various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught women’s Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as advisor and editor for The Gospel Coalition and was its director of women’s initiatives from 2010–2017. She is also on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust. Kathleen and her husband Niel have three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren!

Mary Willson (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the director of women in ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. She previously served as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has many nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.

There are no group rates for this event. However, we can recommend the following hotels:

The Hampton Inn
1915 John Fries Hwy
Quakertown, PA 18951

The Holiday Inn Express
1918 John Fries Hwy
Quakertown, PA 18951

Spring Hill Suites
1930 John Fries Highway
Quakertown, PA 18951