Elective Seminar Topics and Speakers

And Special Events

Each day will offer new seminars and special events from which conferees may choose. Some will be offered in the morning, others afternoon. Some of these may sound quite deep in thought but all of them will be engaging, understandable and a blessing! The final schedule is not yet set but will be posted after June 1st so you may discover when and where to go as you choose your personal schedule. (Please note, that times may change as we finalize plans.)

SPECIAL EVENT: ICE CREAM SOCIAL for EVERYONE! Monday Evening, 8:30 -9:30 pm

After the opening worship service, meet us at the Music Room in the Old Hotel to dig in to some cool, delicious ice cream. Mingle with friends and rock on the porch. A Great way to kick-off the week's festivities.

SPECIAL EVENT: CARNIVAL for CHILDREN on Tuesday afternoon, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Have a great time enjoying the bouncy house carnival with slides and jumps and lots of laughter.The carnival is set up in the afternoon and the site will be determined by the weather... on the grounds under blue skies or in the old gym where years of fun have echoed the walls.

SPECIAL EVENT: ARPWM SHOWCASE on Tuesday Afternoon, Patrick Hall, 2:30 - 5:00 pm

Meet ARP women from across the denomination and hear about their ministries. Each Presbyterial will have a booth displaying what is happening in their churches. Great ideas and information are available as well as samples of materials, handouts, and prizes.

ARP agencies will also have booths and information as well as ARP Friends. Be inspired or be inspirational and share your own news!

SPECIAL EVENT: SINGING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE on Tuesday evening, 8:30 - 9:30 pm

A bonfire, benches, guitar music and lots of singing for the whole family is a highlight of the week. Located by the amphitheater... just follow the trail from the side of Synodical Hall, cross the creek bridge and bring your best voice to make a joyful noise!

SPECIAL EVENT: ARPWM SILVER TEA on Wednesday Afternoon, 2:30 - 5:00 pm

You are invited to join the Ladies as we enjoy fellowship and refreshments in Synodical Hall near the Chapel. Renew friendships and create new ones while enjoying delicious snacks and refreshing drinks.



BIO: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.


DESCRIPTION: This seminar will include (1) a brief description of these two Solas in their Reformation context and (2) the many, modern-day practical applications of them.

BIO: Dr. Cara is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer for all of the Reformed Theological Seminary campuses and the Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament. His latest book is Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul: Covenantal Nomism verses Reformed Covenantal Theology (Mentor, 2017). Dr. Cara is an ordained ARP minister and his family attends Ballantyne ARP in Charlotte, NC.

SEMINAR: TITLE: "Little Things Mean a Lot: An Obscure Verse About Adam" with Rev. Brian Habig

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: To play such a pivotal role in the Bible, Adam's name actually doesn't show up much in the Old Testament. Besides Genesis, one of the only other places his name appears is in a verse in Hosea. Or does it? For the past century or so, many biblical scholars have concluded that this isn't the name of a man - it's the name of a town. Why is this little verse important? Because it says much bigger things about how we handle the Bible, about our origins, and about God's covenant. You don't have to learn Hebrew to attend, but you will feel a little smarter by the end! (Unintended rhyme.)

BRIEF BIO: Brian Habig helped plant, and now pastors, Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. Before this, he served as a campus minister with RUF at Mississippi State University (his alma mater) and at Vanderbilt University. Brian is the co-author of The Enduring Community, an introduction to ecclesiology, and he presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Covenant Theological Seminary.

Brian and his wife, Dana, are both originally from Mississippi. They have three children: Henry (17), John (15), and Betsy (12).

SEMINAR: TITLE: " Heart Work: John Calvin on Prayer" with Rev. Blair Smith

DESCRIPTION: Contrary to common misconceptions of the man, John Calvin was greatly concerned with the heart. He sought to cultivate a deep piety of the heart that finds expression in prayer. We will consider together Calvin's teaching on prayer as it is directed by the loving character of our Heavenly Father.

BIO: D. Blair Smith is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Before pursuing his doctorate full-time, he served for over seven years as Pastor of Adult Education at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He is married to Lisa, and together they have four children.

SEMINAR: TITLE: "Katie Luther: The Woman Behind the Reformation" with Rev. Derek Wells

DESCRIPTION: Much has been written on the central tenets and figures of the Reformation. However, the life of Katie Luther stands apart as a faithful witness to the spirit of the Reformation. The truths of the gospel that were prized in the theological realm found expression in the Luther home. There in private and family life, Katie’s humble witness of strength and service bore witness to life of the Reformation.

BIO: Derek Wells graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2004. He spent ten years as a high school teacher before accepting a call to fulltime ministry in 2015. He is now the Director of Discipleship and Family Ministries at Greenville ARP church (to be ordained as Associate Pastor in April).

SEMINAR: TITLE: "A Theology of the Cross Amidst a Theology of Glory in Luther's Heidelberg" with Dr. Matt Wireman

DESCRIPTION: This seminar will look at Luther's argument for a Theology of the Cross being the unifying feature of the Christian Life as introduced in the Heidelberg Disputation. How does the way of the cross differ from and challenge our natural bent toward a life of glory and renown? We will seek to answer the practical outworkings of taking up our crosses and following Jesus in today's world.

BIO: Matt Wireman holds his PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration on Theology & Patristics. Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, Matt straddles the intricacies of being a Northern Southerner. Currently serving as Dean of Christian Ministries for North Greenville University Online, he also teaches theology, early church history, apologetics, ethics, and Reformation History for Southern Seminary and Liberty Divinity School. During his free time, he is starting a church in Greenville--Christ the Redeemer. Feel free to follow or message @mattwireman or follow his blog at matthewwireman.com

SEMINAR: TITLE: "Reforming the Reformation: Pietism, Luther, and Evangelicalism Today", with Dr. Peter Yoder

DESCRIPTION: It only took 150 years before Protestants began to proclaim the need for a “Second Reformation.” Beginning in the 1680s a reactionary movement to “dead orthodoxy” arose in Germany under the name “Pietism.” This seminar will look at some of the key teachings of Pietism that both reinterpreted the Reformation under Luther and spawned the First Great Awakening and present-day Evangelicalism. Our time together will provide insight into the theological contours of Protestantism in the early eighteenth century while also considering how certain reinterpretations of the Reformation have led us to see and live out our Faith in the ways that we do today.

BIO: Peter James Yoder (Ph.D.) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Berry College. He is husband to Mary, father to Claire, and a devoted fan of German soccer. After studying at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, he went on to research eighteenth century Protestantism at The University of Iowa, the Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz), the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, and the Francke Foundations (Halle, Germany).

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SEMINAR: TITLE: "Leaving a Legacy through Gift Planning" with Mr. Steve Nichols

Description: This is a seminar for individuals and couples of any age to put their "financial house in order'" and consider practical strategies to apply God's principals to meeting family goals and responsibilities, minimizing or eliminating taxes, and optimizing giving to the ministries you love. The seminar will offer at no-cost a personalized professional Lifestyle Giving Design as a practical tool to accomplish your goals including a review/second opinion of your current Will or Trust. The Design also provides a guide to drafting a first time Will and the related legal documents to provide for and protect your family.

Bio: Steve Nichols is the Director of Gift Planning for the ARP Foundation with the professional support expertise of Central Services staff, Cornerstone Management, inc., Lifestyle Giving and the volunteers in the ARP Denomination. The ARP Foundation delivers estate and gift planning services to individuals and churches throughout the Denomination. Steve and his wife Ann have six adult children and have over 40 years of vocational ministry and professional business experience.

SEMINAR: TITLE: A Walking Tour of the Trees of Bonclarken

with Jim Luke

Learn about the beautiful trees that we see at Bonclarken while enjoying a walking tour through the grounds. This tour will be offered twice.

SEMINAR: Title: "An Overview of the 2018 STUDY OF GENESIS", with Libby Elder

Libby will be giving us an overview of the main themes and teachings that will be covered in the ARP Women's Ministry 2018 study book, by Ian Duguid, "Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham" This will be a helpful seminar for those who will be leading or facilitating the study in the coming year, or for anyone wanting to have a better grasp of the major teaching and content.