Gender, Sexuality, and What it Means to be Human

Blue Ridge Bible Conference 2019


Rosaria Butterfield
Todd Pruitt
Carl Trueman


March 29-30, 2019


Covenant Presbyterian Church
546 W Mosby Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 

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Speaker Biographies
Hotel Information

Conference Description

Is gender merely a social construct? Is it possible to be a “gay Christian”? What sorts of challenges does the new sexual revolution pose to the church? How should Christians respond to transgenderism and homosexuality? Does the church have good news for those struggling with their sexual identity?

The theme of 2019 Blue Ridge Bible Conference is Gender, Sexuality, and What It Means To Be Human. This two-day conference will examine the challenges presented to the church and society by the new sexual revolution and current confusion over gender. Where did all of this confusion come from? How will these massive changes in culture impact the church’s ministry? We will explore how the Bible shapes our understanding of human identity, gender, and sexual ethics and will consider how the church can offer the gospel to those whose lives are touched by confusion and sin.

We believe this conference will be an encouragement to Christians by equipping them to joyfully embrace and communicate the truth in the midst of confusion concerning human identity, gender, and sexuality. Join us March 29-30, 2019 in Harrisonburg, VA with speakers Rosaria Butterfield, Todd Pruitt, and Carl Trueman as we search the Scriptures for the life giving truth that only they can give.


Friday, March 29, 2019
6:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Plastic People in a Liquid World Part One, Carl Trueman
8:00 p.m. Break
8:15 p.m. Hating Your Sin without Hating Yourself, Rosaria Butterfield

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Plastic People in a Liquid World Part Two, Carl Trueman
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. A Better Story, Todd Pruitt
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Is Homosexuality Sin or Aesthetic? Rosaria Butterfield
2:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
3:00 p.m. End of Conference

Speaker Biographies

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.

Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.

In 1997, while Rosaria was researching the Religious Right “and their politics of hatred against people like me,” she wrote an article against the Promise Keepers. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right and their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout—in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.

Rosaria’s second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance that she often encounters during speaking engagements. She discourages usage of the term “gay Christian,” and she disputes “conversion therapy,” in part because heterosexual sin is no more sanctified than homosexual sin. Her heart’s desire is for people to put the hands of the hurting into the hands of the Savior, who equips us to walk and grow in humility.

Rosaria's third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post Christian World, blends memoir and theology to warmly invite readers into her home, sharing from her life and experience how "radically ordinary hospitality" can allow strangers to become neighbors, and by God's power, those neighbors can be part of God's family. 

Rosaria is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee.

Todd Pruitt is a co-host on the Mortification of Spin podcast and has been the lead pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA since 2013. Originally from Houston, Texas Todd was raised and educated as a Southern Baptist. He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He has served churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over a period of years he came to embrace the Reformed faith and has been a happy Presbyterian ever since. Since 1990 Todd has been married to Karen and they have three children. They love living in the Shenandoah Valley and are grateful to call Covenant Presbyterian Church their home.
Carl Trueman is a co-host on the Mortification of Spin podcast and teaches at Grove City College in the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters. He has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Aberdeen. He writes regularly for First Things and Modern Reformation, and has served on the faculties of the University of Nottingham, the University of Aberdeen, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored a number of books, including: Luther on the Christian Life, The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology, and The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism. He lives in Slippery Rock with his wife, Catriona.

Hotel Information

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

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1946 Medical Ave
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Call  by 540-433-9333 by March 15th
4.1 miles from the church


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