East Coast Ministers’ Conference

Devoted to Christ’s Church

May 25 May 27, 2021
Elizabethtown, PA, USA

Covid-19 Update [4.28.21]:

Our conference is less than one month away, and we are planning to move forward. We are aware that our conference plans may change. Please book knowing that if we do have to cancel we will automatically send you your refund, and if we have to limit the amount of attendees we will do so on a first-booked first-served basis. To learn more about what to expect at the conference during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please click the button below.

Devoted to Christ’s Church

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.

In a year when we’ve been forced to think about church in ways that we perhaps have never done so before, it has led to an appreciation of church we have never known before. When we are deprived of something precious we often discover how much we have taken it for granted.

What better way, then, to gather as the Christ-appointed shepherds of his flock and think afresh on what his church actually is and why it matters so much, not just for his people, but for the well-being of the world.

The church is the epicentre of divine worship here on earth. Indeed, in Christ, as we gather each Lord’s Day, we are actually caught up into the heavenly realms as we offer our sacrifice of praise to God. It is the community in which the saints are equipped for service – the family in which we are spiritually nourished, shaped and moulded through ministering to ‘one another’ in order that we might minister to the world in all its need. Join with us as we savour afresh the glorious body of Christ.



H.B. Charles, Jr.

H. B. Charles, Jr. has been the pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida since 2008.

Daniel Gumprecht

Daniel Gumprecht serves as the Associate Pastor of Twin City Bible Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Mike Riccardi

Mike Riccardi serves Grace Community Church, California as the pastor of Local Outreach Ministries.

William VanDoodewaard

William VanDoodewaard is Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

Paul Wolfe

Paul Wolfe serves as Senior Pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia.


Tuesday, May 25th

11:00am – Registration Begins

3:30pm – Opening Sermon
               William VanDoodewaard

7:00pm – How Jesus Builds the Church
               H. B. Charles

Wednesday, May 26th

8:15am – United Prayer

9:00am – Christ’s Church Indeed!
               Paul Wolfe

10:45am – A Grown Up Church
                H. B. Charles

3:15pm – The Church: the Apple of God’s Eye
               Decherd Stevens            

3:30pm – Only the Weak Survive
               Mike Riccardi

7:00pm – On ‘Spending and being Spent’
               Paul Wolfe

Thursday, May 27th

8:15am – United Prayer

9:00am – Enduring Devotion to Christ’s Church
               Mike Riccardi

10:45am – The Devotion of Christ
                Paul Wolfe

1:30pm – A Call to Spiritual Unity
               H. B. Charles

2:45pm – Closing Sermon
               Daniel Gumprecht


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 congregations. Our conference fee, which ranges from $240 to $375, covers room and full board, conference registration, bookstore gift certificates, and the use of all campus facilities. There are no hidden costs.

Rooms and Registration

Registration RatesEarly Bird RegistrationStandard RegistrationLate Registration
April 1, 202
April 1, 2021
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 24th), 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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