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, Cecelia 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
    - Contentment in Marriage, Lisa Bomgardner
3:00 p.m. Cultivating Contentment, Megan Hill
4:00 p.m. Closing Announcements and Benediction

Speaker Biographies

Cecelia Bernhardt is a faculty member at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and the director of counseling. She holds an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and has earned the advanced counseling certificate through CCEF. She has worked in various Christian ministries for many years, including women’s ministries at her church. She enjoys her large family, reading, music, and flowers—live and in watercolor.
Lisa Bomgardner is a wife, and mother of 4 young adult children. She is passionate about encouraging women to love Jesus and serve Him in their daily lives. She teaches a ladies’ Bible study at her local church and meets with women for discipleship and counseling weekly. Lisa and her husband, Clyde, have served full time in church and counseling ministries for over 30 years.

Megan Hill is the author of A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church, Contentment: Seeing God's Goodness, and Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. She serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition, and 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. A pastor’s wife and pastor’s daughter, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children where they belong to West Springfield Covenant Community Church (PCA).  

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature (PhD, Vanderbilt University), directed women’s Bible studies in local churches, and served as director of The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Initiatives 2010-2017. She and her husband Niel make their home partly in Wheaton, IL, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven granddaughters.
Kaylena Radcliff is the editorial coordinator for Christian History magazine, a pastor's wife, and the author of The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom. With a passion for both church history and speculative fiction, Kaylena has published in a variety of genres, including the first in her planned YA fantasy series, The Elmnas Chronicles. She lives in her hometown with husband Tim and two energetic children, Emma and Sam. 

Mary Willson serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, TN as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv; ThM) and at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.

Hotel Information

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

The Hampton Inn
1915 John Fries Hwy
Quakertown, PA 18951*
or call 215-536-7779 by May 1
$129/night (includes breakfast)
3.5 miles from the church

*To get the discounted rate, enter the conference dates (May 15-16); under Special Rates, enter "ACE" for Group Code, and then "Check Rooms and Rates."

Spring Hill Suites
1930 John Fries Highway
Quakertown, PA 18951
Book your group rate for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
or call 215-529-6800 by May 1st
$147/night (includes breakfast)
3.5 miles from the church