Light in the Darkness: Christian Living in a Post-Christian World
March 8-10, 2022
George Grant is the Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, TN, Director of the King’s Meadow Study Center, Founder of both Franklin Classical School and Bannockburn College, and Coordinator of the Chalmers Fund. He is the author of dozens of books in the areas of history, biography, politics, literature, and social criticism and he has written hundreds of essays, articles, and columns.
Ian Hamilton is the President of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Gateshead, England, a Trustee with both the Banner of Truth Trust and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of a number of books historical and systematic theology, and the General Editor of the Banner of Truth Magazine.
Jonathan L. Master
Jonathan L. Master is President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Prior to taking up his role as Seminary President, he was the Dean of Cairn University’s School of Divinity and Ministerial Advisor to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, PA. He is the author of several books and articles, an Associate Editor for the Banner of Truth Magazine, and a Trustee for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
L. Michael Morales
L. Michael Morales is Professor of Biblical Studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He has pastored churches in Florida and Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?, The Tabernacle Pre-Figured, and Exodus Old and New.
Mike Myers is Founding Pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Royston, GA. He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Jon D. Payne
Jon D. Payne is Pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Prior to planting Christ Church, Dr. Payne planted and pastored Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, GA. He is a Trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust, the Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network, and a frequent contributor to a variety of online and print publications.
Carl R. Trueman
Carl R. Trueman is Professor of Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College. He is the author of many books on historical theology and contemporary issues. His latest book is entitled The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revoluation.
Tuesday, 3/89 AM Open House at GPTS 11 AM Pre-Conference Chapel at GPTS
The Church in History
Ian Hamilton 11 AM – 1 PM Registration Table Open at WRPC 1 PM Welcome & Announcements 1:15 PM Session 1
Living as Pilgrims
George Grant, Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) 3 PM Session 2
The Progressive Impulse in the Church
Jon D. Payne, Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) 4:15 PM Question and Answer 5 PM Dinner Break (Catered by Bucky’s BBQ) 7 PM Session 3
Separated Unto God
L. Michael Morales, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Wednesday, 3/99 AM Session 4
The Importance of the Church
Jon D. Payne, Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) 10:35 AM Session 5
Chalmers the Churchman
George Grant, Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) 12 PM Lunch Break 1:45 PM Session 6
A Pastor’s Plea
Mike Myers, Heritage Presbyterian Church (OPC) 3:30 PM Question and Answer 4:30 PM Dinner Break (Not Catered) 7 PM Session 7
The Call to Humility
Jonathan L. Master, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Thursday, 3/109 AM Session 8
Rise of the Modern Self
Carl R. Trueman, Grove City College 10:35 AM Session 9
The Christian Self
Carl R. Trueman, Grove City College 11:50 AM Question and Answer 12:30 PM Conference Dismissal 6:00 PM Spring Scholarship Banquet Doors Open
Location & Directions
The 2022 GPTS Spring Theology Conference will take place at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, SC. The main sessions will be in the auditorium, and other special events will take place in classrooms throughout the building. The catered dinner on Tuesday will be served in the Gymnasium. The Conference bookstore will be housed in the Gymnasium as well. The church facility is easily accessible from I-85, and there is ample parking for conference attendees. There are many restaurants nearby to the church. Please note that pre-conference activities will take place at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 200 E. Main St. Taylors, SC 29687.
Food & Lodging
Conference attendees may register for a catered meal on Tuesday (Dinner) at the point of registration, though this is optional. Rather than offer a catered meal on Wednesday, we will arrange for a number of local Greenville Food Trucks to “camp out” in the church parking lot for the lunch hour. There is a wide variety of restaurants on Woodruff Road and nearby to the church. Conference attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements, though we are happy to help!
We have made special arrangements with the following local hotels: Drury Inn ($103/night; Confirm by 2/5/22; Group No. 2449545), Marriott ($129/night; Confirm by 2/7/22), Cambria Hotel ($99/night; Confirm by 2/14/22), and Hampton Inn ($114/night; Confirm by 2/5/22). Please contact Mrs. Kathleen Curto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the Seminary (864.322.2717) for more information.
When is the 2022 Conference?
Tuesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 10, 2022
Where is the 2022 Conference?
The conference itself will be held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, SC. However, pre-conference activities will take place at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taylors, SC. The GPTS Explore prospective student open-house will also take place at the Seminary. Other fellowship gatherings will take place at other locations, as indicated in our "Events" section.
How much does it cost to attend the 2022 Conference?
We try to make registration simple and affordable. The registration price for the 2022 Conference includes attendance, but not the optional catered meal or lodging. We have made special arrangements with local hotels. See our "Food & Lodging" section (above) for more information.
The full pricing schedule is available on our Registration Page. There are special rates listed for students and their wives. Youth under the age of 18 years old are permitted to attend the conference free of-charge. The early-bird registration rate will expire after 2/1, and there is a final jump in price after 3/7.
Please note that as of three years ago, the price of the Conference has been dramatically lowered, and all special discount codes have been discontinued. We made this change in order to simplify the administrative work of the Seminary staff. If you have any questions about pricing, please contact Director of Advancement & Admissions Mr. Zachary Groff at email@example.com or by calling 864.322.2717 ext. 324.
Where can I watch the Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions online?
Where will I stay overnight?
Conference attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements, though we are happy to help! We have made special arrangements with local hotels. See our "Food & Lodging" section (above) for more information.
What do attendees usually wear?
While some of us will be wearing the clothes we would usually wear to church on Sunday, most of us dress down a notch (or two). Most men will wear button-down shirts and khaki slacks, but some men will attend the conference in polos and jeans. Most ladies wear modest slacks, skirts, or dresses, with similarly modest tops. Be sure to bring footwear that is comfortable for walking, as you will be moving between the sanctuary and the fellowship area quite a bit during the week.
For both men and women, keep in mind that our group will be modest and comfortable. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I register for the 2022 Conference?
You can register online until Monday March 7, 2022. Click here to register online!
You can also register for the conference on-site at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church. Register before February 1, 2022 for "Early Bird Tuition." Evening sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday are open to the public, and do not require registration.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
We'll miss you at the Conference! You can cancel a registration and receive a refund of your payment minus a $15 non-refundable deposit, if you cancel on or before February 18, 2022. Cancellations may be requested by contacting Mr. Jonathan Bartlett (email@example.com or 864.322.2717 ext. 305). Requests for a refund after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Yes. Registrations are transferable until Monday, March 7, 2022. You can make substitutions by contacting Mr. Jonathan Bartlett (firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.322.2717 ext. 305). There is no cost for substitutions.
Who is providing the bookstore?
At this point, we are planning to once again provide the bookstore in partnership with Reformation Heritage Books, Presbyterian & Reformed Publications, Reformation Trust, The Banner of Truth Trust, and other Christian books publishers.
Will I be able to purchase recordings of the sermons and lectures onsite?
No. We are discontinuing the production of CD/DVD media this year. All plenary sessions (lectures and panel discussions) will be available for download at sermonaudio.com/gpts within two weeks of the close of the Conference. Please contact Mr. J. Andrew Wortman the Seminary's Librarian (email@example.com) for more information.
Will there be a banquet this year?
At this point, we are planning to host our "Spring Scholarship Banquet" on Thursday, March 10. Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the Student Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Mr. Zachary Groff at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gpts.edu/banquet.
Will I get a refund if the Conference is cancelled?
If the Conference is cancelled for any reason (including governmental restrictions affecting gatherings in the State of South Carolina), you will be offered a full refund. In such a contingency, you will be given the option to donate your conference registration payment as a tax-deductible gift to the Seminary.
The Seminary is not liable for any travel restrictions imposed by other jurisdictions. Please see our refund policy for more information.
What precautions are you taking in light of developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic?
As has been our practice since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we seek to exercise prudence while avoiding alarmism. Thus, we are looking forward to a fairly typical GPTS Spring Theology Conference experience this March while implementing some reasonable precautions, detailed below.
Each morning during Conference week, please take your temperature before leaving your lodging place. If your temperature is above normal (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for most adults) or if you are presenting any other symptoms of contagious disease (e.g., cough, loss of sense of taste/smell, etc.), please stay home and utilize our livestream option. We cannot guarantee refunds for those attendees who have to make a last-minute adjustment to livestreaming due to illness or potential illness.
While at the Conference, we ask that you practice common courtesy and basic social distancing. We will have hand sanitizer in various locations around the church, including the foyer, gym, information desk, registration desk, and bookstore. Please wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and do not hesitate to use hand sanitizer when appropriate.
We are not requiring masks to be worn at the Conference, though we are not forbidding or discouraging their use by anyone who attends. Please be respectful of others’ decisions with regards to wearing a mask. Likewise, we are not requiring proof of vaccination from attendees. Please be respectful and discreet regarding the matter of vaccination.
We are immeasurably blessed in the Upstate with a cohort of local congregations pastored and governed by godly and wise officers. What we are seeking to do as a Seminary in large part emulates and mirrors what our closest church partners are doing in the area.
In our various efforts to respond to the pandemic, we desire nothing less than to bring glory to God by promoting the health, holiness, and edification of the Seminary community, our neighbors, our visitors, and our friends. Thank you for praying for your brothers and sisters in the Seminary community, and for following these reasonable directives to the best of your ability.
Alumni Association MeetingWednesday, March 9 – 12:45 PM
Choir Room, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
Contact: Jim Stevenson
Internship MeetingWednesday, March 9 – 1 PM
Training Room, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
Contact: Dr. L. Anthony “Tony” Curto
Men’s FellowshipWednesday, March 9 – 8:30PM
Boda’s, 308 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607
Contact: Zack Groff
Pulpit Search MeetingWednesday, March 9 – 1 PM
Library, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
Contact: Sue Holmes
Youth FellowshipTuesday, March 8 – 9 PM
Youth Room, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
Contact: Jim & Tricia Stevenson
Spring Scholarship BanquetThursday, March 10 – 6:30 PM
Contact: Zack Groff
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