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Where Sin Increased: The Rebellion of Man and The Abundance of Grace

Minneapolis Convention Center

Come Hear the Good News of a Big Savior for Big Sinners

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

Sin is a very powerful, deadly ruler and enemy of our souls. It prevents us from seeing the profound depth of our helplessness and moral ruin. It blinds us from seeing the profound magnitude of God’s grace toward us in Jesus Christ.

If you see yourself as a little sinner, you will inevitably see Jesus as a little Savior. But if you see yourself as a big sinner, you will see and draw near to Jesus as a big Savior.

Come and revisit your soul as a desperate sinner so you might cherish and worship him anew as a magnificent Savior.

Why You Should Come to This Conference – by John Piper (A Look at the Book video)

Plenary Speakers


John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (BD), and the University of Munich (DTheol). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.


Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell is Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL and President Emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, The Gospel According to Daniel and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.


Steve Childers

Steve Childers is the Founder and President of Global Church Advancement continuing as Pathway Learning ( with the mission to educate aspiring church leaders to start, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches among all nations. He is a seasoned church planter, pastor, and educator of church leaders from many denominations and countries. Steve is also a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando where he teaches evangelism, discipleship, church planting/renewal, and missions. He’s a graduate of Covenant, Trinity, and RTS seminaries. Steve and his wife, Becky, have three adult daughters and one granddaughter.


Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa. He is the author of several booklets distributed within Zambia and has two books on the international market: Maintaining Sexual Purity and Foundations for the Flock. Conrad has contributed to a number of books including Dear Timothy – Letters on Pastoral Ministry and is the editor of Reformation Zambia magazine. He is the principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College and is the chancellor of the African Christian University in Zambia. You can follow Conrad on his blog at Conrad and his wife, Felistas, have three children and two foster daughters.


Sam Storms

Sam Storms has spent over 40 years in ministry and since 2008 has been Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam is founder and president of Enjoying God Ministries and regularly blogs at He has authored or edited 22 books. Sam is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD). He and his wife, Ann, have been married for 42 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren.

 Pre-Conference Speakers


Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. During her fifteen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.


Mike Bullmore

Mike Bullmore serves CrossWay Community Church as Senior Pastor. Prior to leading the launch of CrossWay Community Church in 1998, Mike served for 15 years as an Associate Professor of Homiletics (preaching) and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Mike earned a diploma in Bible-Theology at Moody Bible Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. He then earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Trinity, followed by a PhD in Rhetorical History and Criticism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mike, a Kenosha native, lives in his childhood home with his wife, Beverly, and their three children, Abigail, Madeline, and Graham.

Workshop Speakers


David Matthis – Speaker Panel Moderator

David Mathis is an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and executive editor at Desiring God. David and his wife Megan have three children. He is author of several articles and chapters, a regular contributor to, and co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary. He is co-editor with John Piper of six books, including The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis (most recently) and Cross: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy (forthcoming).


Eric Bancroft

Eric Bancroft serves as the Senior Pastor of Castleview Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to his ministry at Castleview, Eric served on the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, CA and taught as an adjunct professor at The Master’s College. Eric has earned degrees from Trinity International University (BA) and from the Master’s Seminary (MDiv). Eric is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eric and his wife, Danelle, have been married for 18 years and have three sons: Isaac (14), David (12), and Jeremiah (9).


Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Elyse has authored over 21 books, including Because He Loves Me, Comforts from the Cross, and Give Them Grace. She and her husband, Phil, have three adult children and six grandchildren.


Gloria Furman

Gloria Furman is a wife, mother of four children, and writer. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor. She is the author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full.


Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert is the Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He earned his BA from Yale University and his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of What Is the Gospel? and the co-author of What Is the Mission of the Church, Preach: Theology Meets Practice, and The Gospel at Work: How Working For King Jesus Gives Meaning and Purpose to Our Jobs. He also often writes for 9Marks Ministries. Greg is married to Moriah and they have three children: Justin, Jack, and Juliet.


Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Nancy is the author of numerous books including Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, as well as the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.


 Joe Rigney

Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College and Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards. When he’s not teaching college and seminary students, he spends time enjoying his lovely wife, laughing with his two sons, reading medieval theology, playing flag football, and eating fish tacos. He is the author of Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles and The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.


Jeramie Rinne

Jeramie Rinne has served as the senior pastor of South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, MA for the past 17 years. He is the author of Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus and How Will the World End? Jeramie is an instructor with the Simeon Trust. He is married to his wife Jennifer and has four children.


Chuck Steddom

Chuck Steddom oversees the MDiv worship pastor concentration at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He has also served as Pastor for Worship and Music at Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1997. Prior to this, he served as both minister and teacher in Minnesota and Iowa, including chairing the music department at Prairie Bible Institute. His wife, Carol, is the principal accompanist at Bethlehem’s south campus. The Steddoms have four children: Daniel, Allison, Alexander, and Kiandra. Chuck is committed to seeing the nations come together in the worship of King Jesus this side of heaven in the North American context.


 Matthew Westerholm

Matthew Westerholm serves as Pastor for Worship and Music at Bethlehem Baptist Church’s downtown campus. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, he served as Dean of the Chapel at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as a Worship Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Matthew is pursuing a PhD in Christian Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matthew enjoys writing songs, but adores his wife, Lisa, and their three boys.


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