East Coast Ministers’ Conference

Communion With God

May 24 May 26, 2022
Elizabethtown, PA, USA

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Communion With God

The US Ministers’ Conference is an annual event where men gather from a variety of ministerial vocations to worship God and sit under the preaching of his Word.

The day before John Owen departed to be with Christ (23 August, 1683), he dictated his last letter to a friend: ‘I am going to him whom my soul has loved, or rather who has loved me with an everlasting love, – which is the whole ground of my consolation.’

John Owen lived for communion with God. He was not alone in understanding that the Christian life was rooted in our union with Christ and nourished by our communion with the triune God.

The 2022 Banner of Truth Conference at Elizabethtown will focus on this great theme. The aim of the conference will be to introduce the doctrine of communion with God, and to explore the rich communion that every believer has with God. Heart religion (John Calvin’s ‘pietas’) is imbedded in, and is intrinsic to, Reformed Christianity. Cold Calvinism is the ultimate oxymoron.

Our hope is that the conference will inspire all who gather to cultivate further the communion which we enjoy with the Father, preeminently in his love, with the Son, preeminently in his grace, and with the Holy Spirit preeminently in his comfort.



David Bissett

David Bissett has been the pastor of Clifton Park Community church in Clifton Park, New York, since 1995.

Rhett Dodson

Rhett Dodson is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hudson, Ohio.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is a Minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England & Wales, and a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust.

Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe has served as the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, since 1987.

Jon Payne

Jon Payne is the pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and is a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust.

Chad Van Dixhoorn

Chad Van Dixhoorn is professor of church history and director of the Craig Center for the study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Schedule (TBA)

All session titles and times TBA.


Who attends?

The East Coast Ministers’ Conference is arranged for men in (or who have been in) pastoral ministry; students in theological training for the ministry; men serving in missionary work (at home or overseas); and men serving the church as elders or as deacons. In addition, we welcome those who are sponsored by their church/minister where the church is seriously considering them for eldership or full-time ministry.

We ask that only men attend to maximize opportunities for fellowship, accountability, and prayer. We understand the difficulty of being away from family for a couple of nights, but one of the goals of this conference is to encourage men to forge strong friendships with like-minded brothers and fellow gospel ministers.

Where is it located?

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA. Some might ask, “Why host a conference at a college campus?” A college campus allows us to keep everyone together. The vast majority of the attendees will stay in the campus dorms, share meals together at the campus food court, and enjoy fellowship together in the campus recreation centers.

What does it cost?

The Elizabethtown College campus allows us to keep the conference rates low. This is an important feature of Banner of Truth conferences, for we want to reach out to as many pastors as possible, not all of whom are serving in large and prosperous congregations. Our conference fee, which ranges from $240 to $375 is great value for money when you consider it covers room and full board, conference registration, bookstore gift certificates, and the use of all campus facilities. There are absolutely no hidden costs!

Rooms and Registration

Registration RatesEarly Bird RegistrationStandard RegistrationLate Registration
February 28, 202
March 1, 2022
to April 30, 202
April 30, 202
1Standard Plan$335$365$395
2Standard+ Plan$375$405$435
3Apartment Accommodations$355$385$415
4Seminary Student$240$270$300
5Registration Only $170$200$230
  1. Standard Plan: 2 person bedroom in dorm accommodation with shared (4-8 people) bathroom facilities. 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch).

  2. Standard+ Plan: Single bedroom in dorm accommodation with shared (4-8 people) bathroom facilities. 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch). Limited availability.

  3. Apartment Accommodations: 4 person apartment with two twin bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. Must be booked as a group of four at time of booking. Price is per person and includes 2 nights accommodation and a 6-meal plan (Tuesday supper to Thursday lunch). Limited availability.

  4. Seminary Student: Based on the standard plan.

  5. Registration Only: You arrange your own accommodations and meals (meal tickets available on campus).

For those of you who drive into Carlisle on the Monday before the conference (May 23th), please be aware that we have secured a group rate of $99 at the Carlisle Comfort Suites Hotel. When you call, mention the group rate for Banner of Truth to secure the special rate.

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