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O CHURCH, ARISEA PASSIONATE PLEA FOR BIBLICALAND CONFESSIONAL FIDELITYBEEKE DEYOUNG GRECO HELOPOULOSMCWILLIAMS PAYNE REEDER STRAINMAY 5-6, 2021 BIRMINGHAM, ALBRIARWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHGOSPELREFORMATIONN E T W O R K

GOSPELREFORMATIONN E T W O R KCultivating healthy Reformed [email protected]@gospelreformation.netGospel Reformation NetworkGospel Reformation

O CHURCH, ARISEA PASSIONATE PLEA FOR BIBLICALAND CONFESSIONAL FIDELITYWELCOME LETTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3CONFERENCE SPEAKERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6CONFERENCE PARTNERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-10GRN COUNCIL MEMBERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11GRN VISION & DISTINCTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14CONFERENCE SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BACK COVER

O CHURCH, ARISE!WELCOME LETTER FROMJON D. PAYNEDear Friends,On behalf of the Gospel Reformation Network (GRN) Council, I warmly welcomeyou to the 2021 GRN National Conference – O Church, Arise! A Passionate Pleafor Biblical & Confessional Fidelity. We rejoice that so many dear friends fromacross the country, and around the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), havejoined us for this encouraging time of teaching and fellowship.We hope that over the next two days you will find spiritual refreshment as yousit under the ministry of an array of faithful preachers who are committed towarmhearted confessional Presbyterianism. To be sure, we are living in challengingtimes. Cultural pressure and worldly hostility against God’s truth are on the rise.But thankfully, God refines His people through periods of testing. The PCA hasmaintained a strong gospel witness for nearly 50 years, and God calls us todayto arise in defense of God’s unchanging Word. While we are concerned for thespiritual health and doctrinal fidelity of our beloved denomination, we joyfullyanticipate what the Lord will continue to do through the faithful preaching ofthe Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.Each generation of Reformed Presbyterians must heed God’s call to Biblical andConfessional fidelity, and we hope that our time together this week will encourageus all to stand with and for our Savior and King.Many thanks to Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia, GreenvillePresbyterian Theological Seminary, and Ligonier Ministries for generouslypartnering with us. We also extend a big thank you to Reformation HeritageBooks for supplying our conference bookstore. Finally, I would like to expressthanks for the gracious hospitality of Briarwood Presbyterian Church and herleadership for opening up “your home” to us.Soli Deo Gloria,Jon D. Payne3Jon D. PayneSenior Minister, Christ Church Presbyterian, Charleston, SCExecutive Coordinator, Gospel Reformation Network

O CHURCH, ARISE!CONFERENCE SPEAKERSJoel R. BeekeDr. Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homileticsat Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage ReformedCongregation in Grand Rapids, MI, Editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner ofSovereign Grace Truth, Editorial Director of Reformation Heritage Books, President ofInheritance Publishers, and Vice-President of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.He has written and co-authored over one hundred books, edited another one hundredbooks, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, andencyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology fromWestminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He is frequently called upon tolecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He andhis wife Mary have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.Kevin DeYoungDr. Kevin DeYoung serves as Senior Pastor of Christ Covenant Church (PCA) inMatthews, NC. A native of Jenison, MI, DeYoung graduated from Hope Collegein Holland, MI with a B.A. in Religion. He earned his Master of Divinity degree atGordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. He earned his Ph.D.in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester in the UK. His dissertation ison the theology of John Witherspoon, a Scottish-American Presbyterian theologianwho was a founding father of the United States. Before accepting the call to lead ChristCovenant, Dr. DeYoung served as Pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) inEast Lansing, MI. Dr. DeYoung is a member of the Council and blogs for The GospelCoalition. He regularly speaks at churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries inNorth America and overseas. He has published a dozen books for adults and children.He is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminaryin Charlotte, NC. Kevin is married to Trisha, and they are the happy parents of ninechildren.4

Fred GrecoFred Greco currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Church (PCA) in Katy,TX (West Houston). He grew up in the Buffalo, NY area, along with his wife, Deb.Fred studied Classics and History at the University of Buffalo, and then moved on tograduate studies, earning an MA in Classics at the University of Chicago. He thenearned a J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School and practiced as a corporateattorney specializing in commercial finance and real estate law in Cleveland, OH. Sincebecoming a minister in 2006, he has served in the PCA in many different capacities,chairing various committees, and is the current Chairman of the Standing JudicialCommission of the PCA. He has written for Tabletalk, the Gospel ReformationNetwork online blog, and other outlets, especially on topics related to the church andchurch polity. He serves as a board member for a Reformed seminary in China, and heteaches practical theology classes at Reformed Theological Seminary in Houston, TX.Fred and Deb are the happy parents of four children.Jason HelopoulosJason Helopoulos was born in central Illinois and graduated from Eastern IllinoisUniversity in 1999. Jason then attended Dallas Theological Seminary and completed aMaster of Theology degree with a concentration on Historical Theology and ChristianEducation in 2003. He served on the staff of Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA)in Dallas, TX as a pastoral intern for one year and then accepted a call as an AssistantPastor at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lexington, NC. In thefall of 2007, Jason was called by Christ Church (PCA) in Grand Rapids, MI to plant adaughter church in Lansing, MI. He accepted the call and moved to the field as churchplanter and pastored Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA) in East Lansing until2012. In the summer of 2012, Jason accepted the call as Assistant Pastor of UniversityReformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, MI and accepted the call to Senior Pastorin the spring of 2018. Kevin is married to Leah, and they are the happy parents of twochildren.David B. McWilliamsDr. David B. McWilliams is the Senior Minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church(PCA) in Lakeland, FL, and he has served there for more than three decades. He ismarried to Vicky, and they have a son, Evan, who is a pastor in England. David’spassions are the study of Scripture, Reformed and Puritan theology, Christ-centeredpreaching, and shepherding God’s people. He is a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.),Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R., M.Div.), and of the University of Wales(Ph.D.). Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theologyon the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX. Dr. McWilliamshas authored numerous books and articles, and he serves on the Board of GreenvillePresbyterian Theological Seminary in Taylors, SC.5

Jon D. PayneDr. Jon D. Payne is Senior Pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Charleston,South Carolina. Before planting Christ Church in 2013, he was Senior Pastor of GracePresbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, GA from 2003-2013. Dr. Payne hasserved as Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network since 2015. Healso serves as a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust, the Heidelberger Society, andWestminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Manchester, England. Dr. Payneis the Series Editor of and contributor to the Lectio Continua Expository Commentaryon the New Testament (Reformation Heritage Books) and author/editor of numerousbooks. Dr. Payne has also contributed to a number of publications including Tabletalk,The Gospel Coalition, Expositor, Reformation21, and Modern Reformation, amongothers. He and his wife, Marla, have been married for 20 years and have two children,Mary Hannah and Hans.Harry L. Reeder, IIIDr. Harry L. Reeder, III is the Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA)in Birmingham, AL. Increasingly his time outside the pulpit is spent doing conferenceson Christian manhood, effective leadership and addressing public theology in thepublic square. Dr. Reeder is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization and doesa number of seminars each year both nationally and internationally. He authored TheLeadership Dynamic: A Biblical Model for Raising Effective Leaders, From Embers to aFlame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church. His latest book is called 3D Leadership:Defining, Developing and Deploying Christian Leaders Who Can Change the World. Dr.Reeder has several daily Podcast Programs – In Perspective – a thirty-minute expositionalstudy of the Scripture; Today in Perspective – a ten minute look at current news throughthe lens of Scripture and Fresh Bread – a five minute daily devotional. He and his wifeCindy are natives of Charlotte, NC and have three children and ten grandchildren.David T. A. StrainDr. David T. A. Strain is the Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church(PCA) of Jackson, MS. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he came under careof the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and studied theology at TrinityCollege (Glasgow University), where he won the gold medal in Systematic Theologyand again graduated with honors. He subsequently attended the Free Church ofScotland College in Edinburgh, graduating with distinction. He was ordained to thegospel ministry in the Free Church in September 2003, and took pastoral charge ofCole Abbey Presbyterian Church in London, England. In 2008, Dr. Strain and hisfamily moved to the United States where he became the Senior Pastor of Main StreetPresbyterian Church (PCA) in Columbus, Mississippi. Dr. Strain possesses a Doctorof Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. David is married to Sheena,and together they have two teenage sons.6

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O CHURCH, ARISE!GRN COUNCIL MEMBERSDr. David B. GarnerDr. J. Ligon Duncan, IIIMr. Melton L. Duncan, Sr.CHANCELLOR & CEOREFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARYJACKSON, MISSISSIPPIACADEMIC DEANRULING ELDER, CHURCH ADMINISTRATORSENIOR PASTORWESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY UNIVERSITY REFORMED CHURCHTHE SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHGLENSIDE, PENNSYLVANIAGREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINAEAST LANSING, MICHIGAN11Rev. Jason HelopoulosDr. Jon D. PayneDr. Richard D. PhillipsDr. Harry L. Reeder, III Dr. David T.A. StrainSENIOR PASTORCHRIST CHURCH PRESBYTERIANCHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINASENIOR PASTORTHE SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHGREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINASENIOR PASTORBRIARWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHBIRMINGHAM, ALABAMASENIOR PASTORFIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHJACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

O CHURCH, ARISE!GRN VISION & DISTINCTIVESBiblical Fidelity & Confessional IntegrityGodly Leadership & Presbyterian PolityAn unyielding commitment to the inspiration, inerrancy,authority, sufficiency, and efficacy of Scripture for faithand practice, along with a resolute adherence to theWestminster Standards (Isa. 55:10-11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17;Titus 1:9; 2 Pet. 1:21; Rom. 10:17; Jude 3; Heb. 10:23)A sincere devotion to personal piety among churchleadership, coupled with a strong adherence to biblicalPresbyterianism (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Pet. 5:1-4;Acts 15:1-21; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)Gospel-Driven & Christ-Exalting MinistryReformed Worship &Vibrant CommunityA sincere passion to proclaim the gospel of grace, alwayswith the aim of exalting Christ in the hearts, minds, andaffections of God’s people (1 Cor. 1:23; 2:2; Eph. 3:8;John 21:15-19; Phil. 1:21; 3:8)Earnest Prayer & Expository PreachingA resolve to practice fervent prayer in the closet andfrom the pulpit, along with an unbending dedication toexpository preaching that informs the mind, transformsthe heart, and stirs the affections (Matt. 6:5-13; 1 Thess.5: