Plenary Speakers

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is Chancellor/CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary system and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and reared in a Christian home, he did his studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv & MA); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (PhD). Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children. Ligon has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books, most recently including: The Gospel As Center, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood,Preaching the Cross, Fear Not: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective, In My Place Condemned He Stood, Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?.

Albert Mohler

R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. He came to the presidency of Southern Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Mohler is a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is author of The Conviction to Lead, He is Not Silent, and Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.

Mark Dever

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, Compelling Community, Baptist Foundations, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What is a Healthy Church?, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.

C.J. Mahaney

C.J. Mahaney serves as the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He is the author of several books, including Living the Cross Centered Life, Humility: True Greatness, Don’t Waste Your Sports, and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. They reside in Louisville, Kentucky but C.J. cheers for his hometown teams the Washington Redskins, Nationals, Wizards and University of Maryland basketball.

John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 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 (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). 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 desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Thabiti served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman for seven years. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence, The Decline of African-American Theology, The Life of God in the soul of the Church, Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons, and What is a Healthy Church Member?. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.


John MacArthur

John MacArthur is the president of The Master’s College and Seminary and featured teacher with Grace to You. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John took the pastorate at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written hundreds of other books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ and The MacArthur New Testament Commentaryseries. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.


David Platt

David Platt is the president of the International Mission Board (IMB) and Founder of Radical. Prior to the IMB, he served as the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama for eight years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and other books including Counter Culture, Radical Together, and Follow Me. David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church, or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America. He married his wife, Heather, in 1999 and they are parents of four children.

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor for teaching at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. He assumed this role in August 2002 after several years of serving on a local church staff and as an itinerant preacher. Matt is involved in church planting around Dallas and across the world through The Village Church and other partnerships such as Acts 29, which he serves as president. He is the author of The Mingling of Souls, The Explicit Gospel, and Creature of the Word. He and his wife, Lauren, live with their three children in Highland Village, Texas.

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung has been the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, since August 2004. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Kevin holds a Master of Divintiy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?, The Hole in Our Holiness, The Good News We Almost Forgot, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children.

R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, lead teacher on the Renewing Your Mind radio and online program. Dr. Sproul has produced more than three hundred lecture series and recorded more than eighty video series on subjects such as the history of philosophy, theology, Bible study, apologetics, and Christian living. He has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone’s a Theologian. He is general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

Breakout Session I

The Pastor and Biblical Theology

Jim Hamiltion (Bio)


Nowhere to Hide? Facing the Reality of the Secular Moment

Albert Mohler


Recovering the Role of the Local Church in Global Mission

David Platt


Church Planting: Out of Joy the Church Multiplies

Matt Chandler


Drawing Boundaries in an Inclusive Age: Are Some Doctrines More Fundamental than Others and How Do We Know What They Are?

Kevin DeYoung


Creating a Culture of Joy in Your Church

CJ Mahaney

Hymns and Congregational Singing

Keith Getty (Bio)


The Reformation and Racial Reconciliation

Ligon Duncan & Jemar Tisby (Bio)

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The Reliability of the Bible

Peter Williams (Bio) & Simon Gathercole (Bio)

Breakout Session II: Gatherings


Latinos Juntos por el Evangelio (Latinos Together for the Gospel)

Join Juan Sanchez and other Spanish speaking gospel laborers for a time of fellowship and encouragement.


Acts 29

Join Matt chandler for this gathering and discussion.


International Mission Board (IMB)

Join David Platt to learn about how the IMB, through the Global Cities Initiative, can partner with your church to empower your students, marketplace professionals, and retirees to reach the unreached in major global cities.

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Don’t be a 9Marxist! Using Church Authority to Help, Not Hurt

Join Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman (Bio) for this discussion.


Canadians Together for the Gospel

Gather with brothers who are laboring for the gospel in Canada to consider the realities and challenges of ministry in Canada. Paul Martin, Ryan Fullerton, and Clint Humfrey will lead the gathering. You can learn more about gospel ministry in Canada here.


Sovereign Grace Churches

This breakout session is for anyone who wishes to know more, inquire about, or explore opportunities for church planting or church adoption within Sovereign Grace. Join Mark Prater and Ian McConnell.

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Prospective Seminary Students: Why Theological Education?

Join John MacArthur, Ligon Duncan, and Al Mohler for this discussion.

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Music Ministers: What Then Should We Sing?

How might the word of Christ dwell in us richly? How might we teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs? Music leader in the church, join Keith Getty, Bob Kauflin (Bio), and Matt Boswell (Bio) for a friendly discussion of what kinds of songs and music best fulfill Colossians 3:16.

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Inner-city Church Planters

What are the challenges of inner-city church planting? Gather with Thabiti Anyabwile, John Onwuchekwa, Brian Davis, and Kempton Turner to discuss planting churches in the inner-city.


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The Future of the Asian American Church: Protesting the Status Quo

A number of issues challenge Asian American Christians and their churches.  How can we “do church” in way that promotes and maintains unity in Christ and biblical faithfulness? Join Geoff Chang (Bio), Jeff Jue (Bio), Julius Kim (Bio), Won Kwak (Bio), and Jeremy Yong (Bio) for this discussion. We’ll also think briefly about how the Asian American Christian communities associating with T4G can be better served in the years to come.


Stories from the Reformation

Participants: Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, John MacArthur, Mark Dever

The Day in Review

Participants: Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Thabiti Anyabwile

The Reformation Meets “Trellis and Vine”

Participants: Mark Dever, Phillip Jensen (Bio)

The Day in Review

Participants: Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Thabiti Anyabwile

Reviving the Black Church

Participants: Mark Dever, Thabiti Anyabwile

Getting Out of Babylon Again: The Reformation We Need Today

Participants: Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul