The World Upside Down Again: Cultivating Gospel Courage in a Declining Culture

Pensacola Theological Institute 2016


George Grant
Jason Helopoulos
Harry Reeder


June 24-26, 2016


McIlwain Presbyterian Church
1220 East Blount Street
Pensacola, FL 32503

Advance registration is now closed. 
Walk-ins are still welcome.

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Conference Description

In the Book of Acts, the testimony of unbelievers in Thessalonica was that the apostle Paul and his message had “turned the world upside down.” Throughout history the good news and power of the Gospel has introduced a redeeming cultural disruption that is a social, political and even economic “game changer” for generations. But is our era, said to be in religious decline, beyond Gospel transformation? How must the Church speak and act when it is marginalized and even vilified? Join us as George Grant, Jason Helopoulos, and Harry Reeder address these and other issues critical to our cultivating Gospel courage in a declining culture.

Join us in historic Pensacola on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast for the Pensacola Theological Institute, a weekend of challenging Bible teaching, fellowship, and an opportunity for family fun. In addition to the teaching sessions there will be childcare and a Saturday Youth Beach excursion. Bring the whole family! See registration for details. All children and youth who will be participating in childcare and youth activities will need to have a release form filled out. The form can be found Here. You may return the form to:

McIlwain Presbyterian Church
Attention: Lori Fullerton
1220 East Blount Street
Pensacola FL, 32503

Children and Youth Activities

During the Pensacola Theological Institute there will be activities for children ages 4 through 5th grade, a nursery for children 6 weeks through age 4, and youth ages 6th grade through 12th grade. 

Children's activities will include: lessons, crafts, and gym activities during the sessions on Friday and Saturday of the conference and will take place at East Hill Christian School.

A nursery will be available for children age 6 weeks through 3 years old. 

Youth activities will take place on Saturday afternoon and will include: a beach trip to Ft. Pickens and a lesson taught by McIlwain Presbyterian Church's Pastor of Discipleship Dennis Louis. 


Friday, June 24, 2016
5:00 p.m. Registration
5:45 p.m. Welcome to the 2016 PTI
6:00 p.m. World Upside Down Vignette, George Grant
6:30 p.m. The Christian's Comfort in a Challenging World, Jason Helopoulos
7:30 p.m. The Death Spiral of a Culture, Harry Reeder

Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:30 a.m. Late Registration/Coffee/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. The Christian's Contentment in a Challenging World, Jason Helopoulos
10:00 a.m. Engaging the Revolution with Reformation, George Grant
11:00 a.m. Question and Answer Session
12:00 p.m. Free Time
5:00 p.m. Fish Fry
6:00 p.m. World Upside Down Vignette, George Grant
6:30 p.m. The Christian's Life in a Challenging World, Jason Helopoulos
7:30 p.m. The Messiness of a Messianic State, Harry Reeder

Sunday, June 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. The Christian's Family in a Challenging World, Jason Helopoulos
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship: Seven Foundational Principles When Bringing the Gospel to a Pagan Culture, Harry Reeder

Speaker Biographies

George Grant is the pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA), the founder of Franklin Classical School, the Chalmers Fund, and the King’s Meadow Study Center, and the author of more than five-dozen books. He served as an assistant to D. James Kennedy at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and taught at Knox Theological Seminary. He makes his home in Middle Tennessee near the historic town of Franklin with his wife and co-author Karen. Together they have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Jason Helopoulos has served as the Associate Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan since 2012. He first pastored in North Carolina before moving to Michigan to plant a PCA church. He serves on the board of the Gospel Reformation Network and Twin Lakes Fellowship. Jason has contributed to a number of magazines, journals, and blogs. He is also the author of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home and The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry. He resides in Mid-Michigan with his wife, Leah, and their two children.

Harry Reeder is the senior pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. Pastor Reeder is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization hosting multiple Embers to a Flame Conferences both nationally and internationally. He is the author of a number of published works including From Embers to a Flame – How God Can Revitalize Your Church and most recently The Leadership Dynamic. In addition he is the host of a growing radio ministry entitled In Perspective. The program is heard Monday through Friday on a number of stations in the southeast. He and his wife, Cindy are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Hotel Information

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

Spring Hill Suites
487 Creighton Road 
Pensacola, FL 32504 
Call 888-236-2427 by May 25th 
$159/night King, $169/night Double Queen 
5.9 miles from the church 

Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport
161 Airport Lane
Pensacola, FL 32504
Call 850-483-5599 by May 24th
$129/night Single King, $139/night Double Queen
3.6 miles from the church

Additional housing is available through members of McIlwain Presbyterian Church. For those who are interested, please contact Ann Rohrberger at for more information. 

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