May 27 - 29, 2020

Oakville, Ontario
About

Join us for our second national Gospel Coalition Canada Conference in Oakville! The conference theme is preaching Christ from the Old Testament. On Wednesday morning, a pre-conference on expositional preaching will equip pastors and aspiring preachers to sharpen their exegetical skills. After the pre-conference, numerous plenary speakers will preach Christ from the Old Testament to uncover the riches of Christ as he lay hidden in the manger of the Old Testament.

Breakout sessions will be offered to deepen our faith.

Coffee and tea will be provided on-site, but please visit local restaurants for meals. Don’t forget to visit the bookstore with hand-selected books to choose from. And remember to talk to the exhibitors and sponsors whose contributions help make this conference possible.

Plenary & Breakout Speakers
HB Charles

HB Charles

H. B. Charles Jr. (Master’s Seminary and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) is pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author (or contributing author) of several books, including It Happens After Prayer. He and his wife, Crystal, have three children.

Sandy Wilson

Sandy Wilson

Sandy Willson (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; DD, Crichton College) is interim senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, pastor emeritus of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Council member emeritus of The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Allison, have five children.

Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union, based in Oxford, UK. He is author of Delighting in the Trinity and The Unquenchable Flame. His ministry is to raise, deploy, and support leaders and planters for the sake of healthy, growing churches – in Canada and around the world.
Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MA, The University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is president of Renewal Ministries, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He founded Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and now serves from Immanuel as pastor to pastors. Ray has authored a number of books, including The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ and Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.
Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors

Craig Carter

Craig Carter

Craig A. Carter is Professor of Theology at Tyndale College & Seminary in Toronto and Theologian in Residence at Westney Heights Baptist Church in Ajax, Ontario where he teaches and preaches regularly as part of the pastoral team. He is married to Bonnie and they have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Craig is the author of Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis (Baker, 2018)
Steve Bray

Steve Bray

Steve has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Kingston Nova Scotia, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, and currently St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in St. John’s, a small but growing Church with a passion for biblical preaching, missions and church planting in one of the most unchurched provinces in Canada.

Jonathan Griffiths

Jonathan Griffiths

Jonathan Griffiths serves as Lead Pastor of the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa, having previously served on the staff of the Proclamation Trust in London, England. He studied theology at Oxford and Cambridge universities and is the author of a number of books – most recently, Preaching in the New Testament (IVP, 2017). Jonathan is deeply committed to expository preaching and loves to train and mentor others in word ministry. He and his wife, Gemma, have three young children.

Nadine Watson

Nadine Watson

Nadine Watson is a lawyer at a community legal clinic in Ontario. She serves low income clients experiencing mental health and addiction issues. Nadine holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She is happily married to Tristan, and they are members of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto.
Norton Lages

Norton Lages

Norton and Tatiana Lages moved from Salvador Brazil to Montréal, Quebec in 2014 after feeling God calling them to missionary work in French Canada. Since moving, God has provided many opportunities for them to serve Him: Église 21, the church plant for which Norton is the lead pastor, launched in September 2016, and has grown into a church with 70 regular members. Mission Quebec, a dream that Norton had to bring missionaries from outside of Quebec into the province was officially launched during the second half of 2018 and has begun welcoming missionaries from around the world to Quebec.
Harrison Kwok

Harrison Kwok

Harrison Kwok accepted Christ in 2009 and began serving in various capacities in local ministries in Victoria and Whitehorse. Since then, both his educational experience and ministry experience have led him and his family in this opportunity to plant a church in Whitehorse.
Janet Surette

Janet Surette

Janet teaches and writes to engage women in the application of biblical wisdom.  She worships and serves at Southshore Bible Church and you can find her insights at janetsurette.com.

David Pinckney

David Pinckney

David Pinckney is the pastor of River of Grace Church in Concord, New Hampshire. He’s the co-director of Acts 29’s Rural Collective and an area lead in for Acts 29 in Northern New England. David also serves on the Small Town Summits team at TGC. He’s married to Sharon, and they have five children. 
Peter Yi

Peter Yi

Peter Yi pastors Young Nak Presbyterian church in Toronto.

Dwight Bernier

Dwight Bernier

Dwight and his wife, Jessica, live in Montréal with their four children. In 2011 they began Church 21, a multi-location church in the province of Québec. In 2017 Dwight became the first network director for Acts 29 Canada. Dwight has a great desire to see missional churches planted all throughout Canada. He enjoys baseball, running, reading, U2, and playing in the city with his family.
Miranda Webster

Miranda Webster

Miranda Webster is a teacher at Veritas Scholars Academy and a doctoral student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She and her husband, Evan, live in Orillia, ON where they minister at First Baptist Church.

Schedule
Ray Ortlund
Timothy Trust Pre-Conference
Paul Martin
Session 1
Jonathan Griffiths
Session 2
Sandy Wilson
Session 3
Steve Bray
Session 4
Various
Breakouts: Round 1
Various
Breakouts: Round 2
Michael Reeves
Session 5
HB Charles
Session 6
Roundtable
Session 7
Michael Reeves
Session 8
Various
Breakout: Round 3
HB Charles
Session 9
Sessions
One Pre-conference
Nine Plenary Sessions
Twelve Breakout Sessions
Session 1

Ray Ortlund

Session 2

Ray Ortlund

Session 1

Paul Martin

Session 2

Jonathan Griffiths

Session 3

Sandy Willson

Session 4

Steve Bray

Session 5

Michael Reeves

Session 6

HB Charles

Session 7

Roundtable

Session 8

Michael Reeves

Session 9

HB Charles

Practical Tools for Expository Preaching 1

Ray Ortlund

How a Gospel Culture Shapes a Generous Church Spirit

Peter Yi

Church Planting in Forgotten, Overlooked, and Misunderstood Places: Secular Centres

Dwight Bernier

Life Together: Caring for the Believer with a Mental Health Illness

Nadine Watson

Practical Tools for Expository Preaching 2

Ray Ortlund

What Christians Need to Know to Navigate the Legal Challenges of the Next Decade

Josh Tong

Church Planting in Forgotten, Overlooked, and Misunderstood Places

David Pinckney

Ministering to a Child's Heart

Janet Surette

Practical Tools for Expository Preaching 3

Ray Ortlund

Preaching Christ from Isaiah: From Prophecy to Proclamation

Craig Carter

Church Planting in Forgotten, Overlooked, and Misunderstood Places: Urban Poor

Steve Bray

Pursuing and Celebrating Joy in Marriage

Miranda Webster

Pre-conference

To open our conference, we are happy to host Timothy Trust’s pre-conference workshop featuring Ray Ortlund.

The TGC Canada Conference will be held at Hope Bible Church Oakville in Oakville, Ontario.

Travel

Toronto Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport is driving distance from the venue.

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Hamilton Airport

The Hamilton International Airport is driving distance from the venue and sometimes offers very cheap flights across Canada (e.g., with Swoop).

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Hotels

A number of hotels are close to the venue. Also consider using AirBnB.

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Register

$129

Early-bird
  • Early-bird prices end on April 10th, 2020

$159

Regular

$199

Married couples

Groups rates available by contacting [email protected]
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Here [in the OT] you will find the swaddling clothes and manger in which Christ lies.

Martin Luther