West Coast Ministers’ Conference

Communion With God

November 01 November 03, 2022
Ramona, CA, USA

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 in Ramona 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 Gilbert

David Gilbert is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia. David has also served as a senior pastor in Mississippi and is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson is the pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia, and the author of five Banner of Truth titles on the everyday application of doctrine.

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor served as a pastor of Sycamore Baptist Church near East Moline, Illinois for 33 years, and is a voluntary coordinator of the growing Reformed Baptist Network.

Jon Payne

Jon Payne is the pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, a Trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, the executive coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network, and serves on the council of Twin Lakes Fellowship.

Josh Rieger

Josh Rieger is the pastor of Riverside Church (PCA) in Beaumont, Texas, and a board member of Gospel Reformation: UK – seeking the recovery of Reformed theology in the UK.


Tuesday, November 1

11:00am – Registration Begins

3:30pm – Opening Address
               Josh Rieger

7:00pm – Communion With God: The Point of It All
               Terry Johnson

Wednesday, November 2

8:15am – Corporate Prayer

9:00am – Eyeing the Father’s Love
               David Gilbert

10:45am – Pressing Toward the Mark While
                Communing with God
                Gordon Taylor

3:15pm – Short Address

3:30pm – Incomprehensible Love: John Owen
              on the Lord’s Supper
               Jon Payne

7:00pm – Evangelism: What We Offer
               Terry Johnson

Thursday, November 3

8:15am – Corporate Prayer

9:00am – Andrew Fuller:  A Model of Communion
               with God
               Gordon Taylor

10:45am – Knowing the Love of Christ
                David Gilbert

1:30pm – Worship: What We Seek
               Terry Johnson

2:45pm – Closing Address
               Jon Payne



Who attends?

The West 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?

The Oaks Center, Ramona, CA. With many conferences utilizing large church campuses and off site lodging, some might ask, “Why host a conference retreat center?” A retreat center allows us to keep everyone together. The vast majority of the attendees will stay in the lodgings on site, share meals together, and enjoy fellowship together in the retreat recreation centers.

What does it cost?

Retreat centers allow us to keep rates lower than a normal hotel conference set up. However, finding an affordable location has been very difficult. The Oaks Center is more expensive than we would prefer, but it will provide a very comfortable retreat setting. Our conference fee of $450 covers room and full board (6 meals, coffee, snacks throughout), 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
July 1, 202
July 1, 2022
to Sep. 30, 202
Sep. 30, 202
1Standard Group Plan$450$490$530
2Commuter Plan$315$355$395
  1. Standard Group Plan:  We do not have single rooms available. Plan to come with a friend or make a new one when you arrive. Some rooms are double rooms, others have 4 per room. Please mention roommate preference when you register online. Includes registration and 6-meal plan (Tuesday dinner to Thursday lunch).

  2. Commuter Plan: Includes registration and 4 meals (Tuesday dinner, Wednesday lunch & dinner, Thursday lunch). You arrange your own accommodations.

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