A Confident Canon: Identifying the Word of God

Prince George's Conference on Reformed Theology 2024



Miles Van Pelt
Stephen Wellum
Stephen Fix


September 27-28, 2024


Greenbelt Baptist Church
101 Greenhill Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770


Schedule l Speaker Biographies

Conference Description

The Reformation's return to Sola Scriptura was a return to the ultimate authority of God's Word. Many of the major Reformed confessions include complete listings of the Old and New Testament Canon for a significant purpose. Why? Because if God's Word has ultimate authority, then one needs to know which books are from God and which aren't, which can bind consciences and which can not.

Join us this September 27-28 as we explore how Christians, especially the Reformed, have recognized and identified what is and what is not Holy Scripture at the 2024 Prince George's Conference on Reformed Theology, A Confident Canon: Identifying the Word of God. Miles Van Pelt, Stephen Wellum, and Stephen Fix will examine issues of canonization for both the Old and New Testaments, the exclusion of the Apocrypha, Scripture's self-authenticating nature, and the role of the Canon within the life of a local church.


Friday, September 27, 2024

6:00 PM  Registration
7:00 PM  A Theology of Canon and the Self-Authenticating Nature of Scripture, Stephen Wellum

Saturday, September 30, 2023

8:00 AM  Late registration and continental breakfast
9:00 AM  The Question of the Old Testament Canon: How and Why, Miles Van Pelt
10:15 AM The Question of the New Testament Canon: How and Why, Stephen Wellum
11:30 AM Lunch @ local restaurants
1:00 PM The Question of Exclusion: Why Not the Apocrypha?, Miles Van Pelt
2:00 PM Question & Answer Session
2:40 PM Sacred Concert, St. James Community Choir
3:00 PM  The Role of a Confident Canon in the Life of the Church, Stephen Fix
4:15 PM  Closing & Benediction

Speaker Biographies

Miles Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. 

Miles has a passion for teaching the Bible to students in its original languages and has published extensively in the areas of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek language instruction, as well as biblical theology and exegesis. Miles is also an enthusiastic CrossFit athlete. He and his wife Laurie have been married for over 30 years and they have four fantastic children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two amazing grandsons.

Stephen Wellum is editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology and professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Wellum is the author of numerous books including Systematic Theology, Volume One: From Canon to Concept, God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ, and Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior. Wellum is an elder at Faith Community Church in Prospect, Kentucky. He is married to Karen, and they have five children.

Stephen Fix (MDiv Westminster Seminary California, Ph.D. Catholic University of America) is the senior pastor at Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bowie, in Bowie, MD. He teaches on an adjunct basis at Westminster Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Faith Theological Seminary. Steve has published a commentary on 1–2 Samuel for The Gospel Coalition Bible Commentary and articles for Modern Reformation. His current writing projects include editing his dissertation for publication, editing and republishing John Thomson’s Explication of the Shorter Catechism (1749) with Westminster Seminary Press, and writing commentaries on 1-2 Chronicles for Crossway.

Fix is passionate about the Gospel of Grace in the cross of Jesus Christ and loves to see how God uses His Word to bring all manner of people into His kingdom, growing them in grace and nourishing their faith. He lives in Bowie with his wife, Rachel, and four children.