2020 speakers

Keynote Speaker

Don Carson (MDiv, Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto; PhD, Cambridge University) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and founder & theologian-at-large of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored numerous books, and recently edited The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures. Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He has written or edited about sixty books (View a chronological list of all publications). He and his wife, Joy, have two children.

The theme for Carson’s five sessions this year will be: With Christ in the Heavenlies: Selections from Ephesians”.

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Seminar Speakers


We’ve invited a range of speakers to address topics that challenge us to apply the gospel and its implications to our life and service.

Both conferences:

  • Joe Fleener – “The Christian and Climate Change” – Can we make sense of this issue as a Christian, informed from Scripture? Can we do so in a way that will enable us to avoid reactionary social media memes while seeking to love our neighbour and steward God’s creation? Let’s work on it… This seminar is meant to be a start in that direction.

South Island conference:

  • Andrew de Vries – “Living as Strangers and Aliens” – In this seminar, we’ll look to 1 Peter to help us understand some of the difficulties living as a Christian in an increasingly secular and hostile culture.

North Island conference:

  • Geoff Harper – “The Necessity of Lament in Church” – Being part of this world means that, sooner or later, brokenness will invade our lives. But how do Christians maintain faith when overwhelmed by grief? Is there an alternative to silence when in the midst of pain and heartbreak? The book of Psalms provides us with the words we need for such times as these. Historically, the church has turned to psalms of lament in times of distress. For many Western Christians, however, the practice of lament is a forgotten art. It is not something we do at church. The result is that we are less equipped than we could be to endure suffering and to help others around us. Maybe it’s time to recover lost words.