November 17 - 18, 2022

Oakville, Ontario
About

Many of us are tired, weak, and weary. But Jesus promises, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” And even if we feel strong, we must still “strive to enter that rest” as Hebrews tell us. Whether we feel weak or strong, we all must rest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So join us for a two-day conference on November 17–18, 2022 as we come as pilgrims to hear God’s message of rest in the Gospel.

The conference will be held at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. It is located near hotels and restaurants and is within driving distance from either the Hamilton or Toronto Pearson airport.

Speakers
Yanick Ethier

Yanick Ethier

Yanick Ethier attended SEMBEQ (Quebec Baptist Evangelical Seminary) for his Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Married to Esther for 24 years and father of 2 young adults, Yanick has been serving in the pastoral ministry with The Fellowship of Canadian Baptists in Quebec for 20 years, in his mother church in Longueuil. He his now the pastor of teaching and vision at Église de L’Espoir.

Norm Miller

Norm Miller

Norm Millar is the Senior Pastor at Redemption Bible Chapel (SBTS, DMin). Redemption Bible Chapel is excited to be a member church in the church planting organization called The Great Commission Collective (GCC). Norm has been married to Cindy for 43 years, and they have five children and 17 grandchildren.

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a pastor, apologist, and speaker. He is the author of 7 Myths About SinglenessWhy Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and, most recently, What God Has to Say About Our Bodies. He is in the process of moving to the United States to join the staff at Immanuel Nashville, is a Canon Theologian for the Anglican Church in North America, and is the co-host (with Ray Ortlund) of TGC’s podcast You’re Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Young Pastors.

Paul Carter

Paul Carter

Paul Carter is the happy husband of Shauna Lee and the proud papa of 5 beautiful children, Madison, Max, Mikayla, Peyton and Noa. He attended Moody Bible Institute and is a graduate of York University (B.A.) and McMaster Divinity College (MDiv). He has been in pastoral ministry since 1994, serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Oakville, Mississauga and Orillia, Ontario Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Orillia, a large multi-staff church with a passion for biblical preaching and local mission. He is the host and Bible teacher on the Into The Word podcast which you can find on our podcast page or on iTunes. Twitter: @pastrpaulcarter.

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.

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. You can find Steve’s Church at calvarybaptistnl.ca or reach him personally at steve(at)calvarybaptistnl.ca

John Mahaffey

John Mahaffey

John Mahaffey is the Lead Pastor of West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton, ON. He and his wife Andrea served as missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines. He led two church planting teams of Filipino and foreign missionaries in establishing three churches affiliated with the Alliance of Bible Christian Communities of the Philippines. Prior to moving to Hamilton he pastored Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Toronto, a large multicultural church with people from over 70 nations.

Jennifer Winger

Jennifer Winger

Jennifer Winger is the Director of Women’s Ministry for Mile One Mission in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  She has a passion for discipleship and works with all ages of women in the local church.  She supports and mentors church planter’s wives and helps to lead an internship program preparing church plant teams to go out into the community. She is certified as a biblical counselor and sits on the Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition as a board member.

Dwayne Cline

Dwayne Cline

Dwayne has been the lead pastor of Hughson St. Baptist Church (now called James North) in Hamilton, Ontario since January 1995. The North End of Hamilton was the third poorest community in Canada when Dwayne started pastoring the church. Dwayne serves on boards with various groups and organizations in Hamilton. Dwayne married Aimee in 1998 and they have four children. Dwayne speaks for camps, universities, denominational meetings and conferences across the country. He likes to run and read daily and loves to vacation with his family.

Clint Humfrey

Clint Humfrey

Clint Humfrey is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to planting Calvary Grace (2006), Clint was a professor of Greek at Toronto Baptist Seminary (2003-2006). Clint has studied at Toronto Baptist Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Prairie Bible College and The Master’s College. Clint blogs at Cowboyology, his personal site, and has written for National Post. Born in Alberta, Clint grew up on the family farm and competed in rodeo. He is blessed to be married to Christel. Together they raise three cowboys, Hunter, Knox and Winston. Clint is an original Council Member for TGC Canada. You can follow him on twitter @clinthumfrey

Andrea Thom

Andrea Thom

Andrea is a wife, mom to three great kids, and a therapist. She is passionate to see women grow in biblical literacy and have their lives transformed by the gospel. She has a Master’s degree in Science, and enjoys teaching women the bible. She is the author of two expository bible studies: Ruth–Redeeming the Darkness, and Amos-Come Awake! She blogs at www.andreathom.com.

Wendy Stringer

Wendy Stringer

Wendy Stringer recently retired from her ministry at Grace Toronto Church where she began the discipleship ministry, wrote its curriculum and got to serve, lead and teach disciples. She lives in Toronto with her hilarious husband Kiernan and a bunch of kids. 

RD Glenn

RD Glenn

The Rev’d R. D. Glenn is Rector (Senior Pastor) of St. George’s, a congregation he has served for over 10 years. R.D. loves to see people grow into confident, joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. Gospel preaching and vibrant liturgical worship form the backbone of R.D.’s ministry at St. George’s. Apart from his central work at St. George’s, he also is a council member of The Gospel Coalition Canada, and gives leadership to the Anglican Network in Canada’s Bold Witnesses ministry priority. He has an ongoing love affair with the internal combustion engine, races motorcycles, skis big mountains, and skydives. If you are new to the church, He’d love to get to know you over a cup of good coffee.

George Sinclair

George Sinclair

George Sinclair has served in a suburban and in a rural “multi-point” church. He is currently the Rector of Church of the Messiah in the heart of urban Ottawa. He was the Chair of Essentials Canada and founding Chair of his denomination (ANiC). He currently serves as the Chair of the ANiC task force to make ANiC more deeply biblical at every level. He is the Principal of Ryle Seminary. He is blessed to have been married to Louise since 1981. They have 9 children and lots of sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren. George is an original Council Member for TGC Canada. You can reach him personally at george(at)messiahchurch.ca.

Pat Sczebel

Pat Sczebel

Pat is a worship pastor at Midtown church in Vancouver BC. He has pastored for 32 years. He has been married to his best friend for 34 years. He has 8 children and 4 grand-children.

Rob Brockman

Rob Brockman

Rob serves as an Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Orillia, ON. Rob is married to Sienna, and loves Christ and His Church.

Jody Cross

Jody Cross

Jody Cross is a husband to Alexandra, father to Jordan, Alyssa, Hannah and Joel. He serves as the Lead  Pastor at Southshore Bible Church  in Barrie, Ontario.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. You can find Paul on Twitter (@PastorPWMartin), his blog, or via the website of Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto (gfcto.com).

Schedule
Yanick Ethier
Yanick Ethier
Session 1: Resting in Christ
Breakout Set 1
Breakout Set 2
John Mahaffey
John Mahaffey
Session 2: Resting in God's Providence
H.B. Charles
H.B. Charles
Session 3: Resting with the Spirit's Help
Norm Millar: Resting in God's Word
Norm Millar: Resting in God's Word
Session 4
Roundtable
Session 5
Paul Carter
Paul Carter
Session 6: Seeking Rest among the Congregation of the Faithful
Breakout Set 3
Breakout Set 4
Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry
Session 7: Resting in God's Future Promises
Breakouts
The conference eight breakout sessions on topics that aim to help and support Christians serve faithfully in their churches.
Steve Bray

Church Planting in the “wrong” places

Church planters sometimes strategize to plant churches in areas full of churches and financial resources. But oftentimes planting in the “wrong” place—where Christians are few and finances are scarce—is what church planters must focus on to fulfill the Great Commission. Join Steve Bray as he talks about church planting in hard soils, the so-called “wrong” places.

Andrea Thom

What Is Real Forgiveness?

Its mere mention can ignite anger, stir hope, or rouse memories we’d rather keep buried. Injustice is an unwelcome reality that comes to us all, forcing us to make difficult decisions in complex relationships. Despite its familiarity, debates about its definition can be clumsy, contradictory, and result in a foggy understanding of what it actually is. What is biblical forgiveness? How is it applied? How does it differ from a therapeutic approach? In this session we will unpack some key biblical truths that will help bring clarity and wisdom to this essential topic.

Clint Humfrey

Prayer Meeting Activism

We live in an age of activism. Causes and rallies exist everywhere. For those who seek a good and just society, it can be overwhelming. But Christians have a unique form of activism that outperforms the rest. We can pray to the almighty Creator of heaven and earth. Join pastor Clint Humfrey as he talks about prayer meeting activism for local churches.

Jennifer Winger

What Should a Biblical Women’s Ministry Look Like?

Healthy churches need healthy women’s ministries. But how should a healthy and biblical women’s ministry look? Jennifer Winger helps us to understand what a healthy women’s ministry in a local church looks like.

Sam Allberry

Helping the Helpers

In this talk, Sam Allberry provides practical guidance for those who want to come alongside Christians struggling with same-sex attraction.

Dwayne Cline

Ministering to Gen Z and Millennials

Dwayne Cline pastors an unusually young church. Having to communicate with Gen Z and Millennials regularly, pastor Cline has had to learn how to effectively communicate Gospel truths to Gen Z and Millennial Christians. In this talk, he will help us to understand and effectively minister to younger generations of Christians in Canada.

Jody Cross, Pat Sczebel, Rob Brockman

What We've Learned about Leading Worship

Three veteran worship leaders will participate in a panel discussion about leading worship in Canadian churches. Come ready with questions. This session aims to help churches, worship leaders, and those interested in worship ministry.

Wendy Stringer

Lord, why is Judges 19 in your word?

Judges 19 addresses important questions concerning the privilege of power, the abuse of power, sexual abuse, and the protection of those who are vulnerable versus the protection of the powerful. All of these topics are embedded in Judges 19 and its surrounding contexts. This session will equip you to think carefully about these questions.

The conference will be held at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. It is located near hotels and restaurants and is within driving distance from either the Hamilton or Toronto Pearson airport.

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Hamilton Airport

Hamilton airport is driving distance from the venue.

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Pearson Airport

Pearson airport is driving distance from the venue.

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$75

Early Bird (Ends Oct 1)

$89

Regular Price

$149

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God

Hebrews 4

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26