Grace Ministers Conference is up from the 5th – 7th. Actually there were two but I completely missed the first :). In all fairness no one told me. Clearly not in the “in crowd” :(. Click image to enlarge.
Sorry I picked this up a bit late but there is a Grace Ministers Conference happening from the 5th to the 7th of January 2011 at Valley Lodge, Magaliesburg.
The speakers are Conrad Mbewe, Philip Ryken and Flip Buys. I was going to post regarding Philip Ryken today anyway; I’ve recently bought a number of his commentaries and have found them most edifying; now I get to go and listen to him in person.
I’m making every effort to attend. If you’re already planning on being there (or if you went to the first one) drop me a line.
Dr. P.J. (Flip) Buys, BA, BTh, ThM and ThD, founded Mukhanyo Theological College in 1994. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa since 1973. After serving 2 churches as pastor he became a cross-cultural missionary in 1984. He has planted and lead several churches in Sharpeville and vicinity and also in KwaMhlanga and vicinity. In 2003 he was the co founder of Mukhanyo Community Development Centre with the slogan Masibambisane (Zulu for: Let us bear the burden together). MCDC is now taking care of 1500 orphans and more than 500 HIV AIDS patients with home based care and child care programs in 5 day care centres, a Foster Mother and a Support a Family programme. MCDC also runs a peer education program, teaching a value based life skills curriculum, now touching the lives of 400 teenagers. MCDC also runs the Nakekela (Zulu for Caring) palliative care centre where terminally ill patients are cared for physically as well as spiritually with 24 hour medical care, counseling and advice. In 2010 MCDC also started an Independent Christian School with the name Mukhanyo Christian Academy. Dr. Buys was a founding member of Training of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) in Manilla in 1999 and of World Reformed Fellowship in 2000. He has recently been appointed as the Associate International Director of WRF and vice chairperson of the Board of Directors of WRF. He serves as an adjunct professor of Missions at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. He has published several elementary textbooks on practical evangelism, the skill of preaching Christ centered redemptive sermons, and Christian family life in Africa. Several articles in academic journals on church growth, pastoral handling of HIV AIDS stigmatization and the need for holistic theological training in Africa from his pen, has also been published in accredited theological journals. He and his wife Hanneke have been married for 41 years and they have two adult children and 1 granddaughter.
Widely regarded as the African Spurgeon, Conrad Mbewe is faithfully and powerfully proclaiming the Word of God in Zambia from Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka. Like Spurgeon, he works himself to exhaustion.
I’ve heard Conrad twice, once at Sola 5 event and once at the Rezolution Conference. He was outstanding on both occasions.
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken ’88 (D. Phil., Oxford University) was the senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church when Wheaton’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved his election. He had served at Tenth Presbyterian Church in various capacities since 1995, when he was called to preach under James Montgomery Boice, the senior pastor at that time. After Dr. Boice’s death in 2000, Dr. Ryken became the church’s senior minister, at 33 years of age. He was the twelfth pastor of the church in its 180-year existence.
A Wheaton native and the son of longtime Wheaton professor Dr. Leland Ryken and Mary Graham Ryken, Philip Ryken attended Wheaton Christian Grammar School, Wheaton North High School, and Wheaton College, graduating in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy. He met his wife, Lisa, during new student orientation, and they were married before their senior year.
The Rykens have five children: Josh, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline.