Delighting in Our Triune God

Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2021

Speakers

Jonathan Landry Cruse • David Garner • Robert Letham • Jeffrey Stivason • Geoff Thomas
 

PCRT Grand Rapids
March 12-14, 2021

First Reformed Church of Byron Center
8541 Byron Center Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

PCRT Philadelphia
April 30-May 2, 2021

Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Registration opens soon!


Schedule Speaker Biographies | Hotel Information Promotional Materials History

About the Conference

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” - 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Trinity is the quintessential Christian doctrine, celebrating the biblical truth of one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The first council of the ancient church at Nicaea in 325 A.D. defended the Trinity along with the deity of Jesus Christ. Ever since the church has realized that to think in a Christian way is to think in terms of the Trinity. B. B. Warfield wrote that the Trinity brings us “the solution of the deepest and most persistent difficulties in our conception of God as infinite moral Being, and illuminates, enriches, and elevates all our thoughts of God.”

Vital as the Trinity is to Christian faith and doctrine, we live in a time when increasingly few believers are well informed about it. Without the Trinity to structure our thoughts of God, we easily become imbalanced and impoverished, some believers thinking only in terms of the Father, others of the Son, and still others of the Holy Spirit. But the Reformed faith has placed the Trinity at the center of its doctrine, especially when it comes to God’s saving work. As the famous acrostic TULIP works out, the heart of the Bible’s solution to the problem of sin is the Father ordaining, the Son accomplishing, and the Spirit applying our salvation. Our goal in this year’s conference is to elevate the doctrine of God as Three-in-One, displaying some of His glory, and working through the vast implications of the biblical teaching of the Trinity.

We are thrilled to be joined by an outstanding group of scholar-preachers for this much anticipated conference. Geoffrey Thomas has been pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales for over forty years and is hailed as one of the great British preachers of our time. Robert Letham has written a standard text on the Trinity. Born and raised in London, he lives at present in Wales, serving as professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at the Union School of Theology. David Garner is Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary. In addition, Jonathan Landry Cruse, author and pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, MI, and Jeffrey Stivason, pastor at Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, PA and seminary professor will be leading workshops. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from these highly qualified theologians and gifted preachers!

Whether you are a long-time supporter of the PCRT or if this will be your first time to join us, we look forward to meeting you and worshiping together as we delight in our Triune God.  


Schedule

Friday

Pre-conference:
8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:15 a.m. Opening Bible Study (Richard Phillips)
9:45 a.m. Session 1: Two Serious Problems and a Definitive Resolution (Robert Letham)
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Session 2: Crucial Foundational Axioms (Robert Letham)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Session 3: Later Complications (Robert Letham)
3:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:45 p.m. End of Pre-Conference

Conference: Delighting in Our Triune God
6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. Opening of the 2021 PCRT
First Address: The Glorious Doctrine of the Trinity (Geoff Thomas)

Saturday

7:30 a.m. Late Registration
8:30 a.m. Second Address: The Deity of the Son (Robert Letham)
10:00 a.m. Third Address: The Deity of the Spirit (David Garner)
11:00 a.m. Question & Answer Session (All Speakers)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Fourth Address: The Subordination of the Son (Robert Letham)
3:15–4:30 p.m. Workshops

Asking for the Holy Spirit (Geoff Thomas)
Praying to the Triune God (Richard Phillips)
The Trinity in the Old Testament (Jonathan Landry Cruse, GR/Jeffrey Stivason, PA)

4:30 p.m. Dinner (at local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. Fifth Address: The Christian's Great Blessedness from Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Geoff Thomas)

Sunday PCRT joins host church worship for final address.
Sixth Address: The Trinity in Salvation (David Garner)
9:30 a.m. PCRT worships with First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center, Grand Rapids
11:00 a.m. PCRT worships with Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr


Speaker Biographies

Jonathan Landry Cruse is pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, MI, where he has ministered since 2017. Beyond his greatest passion, which is preaching Christ from all of Scripture, Jonathan is also interested in all things related to worship. Jonathan is an avid writer, and has published articles with The Alliance, Modern Reformation, The Gospel Coalition, and Tabletalk magazine. He is author of the new worship collection Hymns of Devotion, and the books The Christian’s True Identity: What It Means to Be in Christ and What Happens When We Worship. He and his wife, Kerri Ann, have two young children.

David Garner is academic dean, vice president of Global Ministries, and associate professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary, he has served in pastoral ministry, theological education, and parachurch ministries since 1986. He has lived and taught in various parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

Robert Letham currently lives in the United Kingdom with his wife, Joan, who was born and raised in New Jersey. Bob is professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Union School of Theology. He was formerly senior minister of Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware for seventeen years and also served a congregation in New Jersey for five years. He has written a number of books, including The Holy Trinity, the second edition of which was recently released. Bob and Joan have three grown children, and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey Stivason has been serving the Lord as a minister of the Gospel since 1995. He was a church planter and is now pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, PA, as well as professor of New Testament Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Jeff has written extensively, and is the author of From Inscrutability to Concursus, published by P&R Publishing. He is also the Managing Editor for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals program Theology on the Go, which is hosted by Place for Truth (placefortruth.org). 

Geoff Thomas was the pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales for over 50 years, a ministry in which he preached through (almost) every verse in the Bible. Geoff received his theological training at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and is the author of several books including The Holy Spirit, The Life of Brownlow North, and the best-selling evangelistic book, You Could Have It All, as well as his forthcoming autobiography, all published by Reformation Heritage Press. He is a frequent conference speaker all over the world, and a visiting professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Geoff’s wife of over fifty years, Iola, died in 2016. The Lord provided him with another companion in Barbara, a dear friend of the family who Geoff married in 2018. He has three daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Hotel Information

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

Grand Rapids
Baymont Inn & Suites
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Call 616-583-9535 by February 11th
$114/night
2.9 miles from the church

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
2150 Metro Lane SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
Call 888-492-8847 by February 11th or click here for online reservations.
$119/night
3.6 miles from the church

Philadelphia
Courtyard Marriott Valley Forge/King of Prussia
1100 Drummers Lane
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 800-321-2211 or 610-687-6700 by April 1st or click here for online reservations.
$119/night
8.2 miles from the church

The Radnor Hotel
591 Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-688-5800 by April 1st
$156/night
3.5 miles from the church