Delighting in Our Triune God

Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2021


Michael Barrett • Jonathan Landry Cruse • David Garner
Richard Phillips • Todd Rester • Jeffrey Stivason  

PCRT Grand Rapids
March 12-14, 2021

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


PCRT Live!
April 30-May 7, 2021

No registration required.

Livestreamed on Facebook & YouTube

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, including Michael Barrett, Jonathan Landry Cruse, David Garner, Richard Phillips and Todd Rester. 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.  



Pre-conference: The Holy Trinity: From Biblical Foundations to Dogmatic Formulation
8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:15 a.m. Opening Bible Study (Richard Phillips)
9:45 a.m. Marcionite Controversy: The Canon of Scripture and the Doctrine of God (Todd Rester)
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Athanasius, the Incarnation, and the Doctrine of God (Todd Rester)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. The Cappadocians on the Holy Spirit (Todd Rester)
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 (Richard Phillips)


7:30 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Second Address: The Deity of the Son (Michael Barrett)
10:15 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: Is the Son Subordinate? (Richard Phillips)
3:15–4:30 p.m. Workshops

Praying to the Triune God (Jonathan Landry Cruse)
The Trinity in the Old Testament (Richard Phillips)

4:30 p.m. Dinner (at local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. Fifth Address: Trinity and the Attributes of God (Michael Barrett)


PCRT joins First Byron Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids worship for final address
8:15 a.m. (Mask Required) & 10:30 a.m. (Mask Optional)
Sixth Address: The Trinity in Salvation (David Garner)

Speaker Biographies

Michael Barrett is vice president for academic affairs, and academic dean and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a minister in the Heritage Reformed Congregations, and formerly served as president of Geneva Reformed Seminary. A mem­ber of the Evangelical Theological Society, Michael has pub­lished numerous articles in both professional and popular jour­nals. He contributed to and served as Old Testament editor for The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. Michael and his wife Sandra have two sons and five grandchildren. His hob­bies include hunting and thinking about hunting.
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. 

Richard Phillips is senior minister of the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. He is the author of numerous books and frequently speaks at conferences on the Bible and Reformed theology. He is the chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology and co-editor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series (P&R). An adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary where he serves on the board of trustees, Rick serves also on the board of directors of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He and his wife Sharon have five children and live in Greenville. Rick is an avid follower of University of Michigan sports and enjoys reading historical fiction.
Todd Rester is associate professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, a post-doctoral research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, and an adjunct professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Kuyper College, and Calvin Theological Seminary. He also works as a translator for the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

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 ( 

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 25th
2.9 miles from the church

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
2150 Metro Lane SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
Call 888-492-8847 (special rate no longer available)
3.6 miles from the church