The Gospel Coalition

Regional Conferences
The Cross-Shaped Christian Life
March 9-11, 2012  |  Albuquerque, New Mexico  |  Albuquerque Regional Chapter

Since 2005 Desert Springs Church (DSC) has held an annual conference weekend with a guest speaker and a focused topic. In 2008 we started giving it a name, Clarus—which is Latin for clear, bright, or radiant. We think that word aptly reflects our intentions with this conference: that God and His truth would be made more clear, more radiant to us, and more powerfully penetrating in us. To that end we set aside a full weekend every year for fellowship, singing, prayer, and instruction about God's words and ways. In 2011, Clarus became a Regional Conference of The Gospel Coalition.

While Clarus is a ministry of and to the people of DSC, we are very intentional about it being a service to and fellowship with other churches as well. Some attendees come from out of state or the far-reaches of New Mexico; others are part of local Albuquerque churches. Space is limited, but the invitation is open to pastors, church leaders, or anyone interested in a concentrated weekend of deeper instruction.

To learn more and register for the conference, click here.

D. A. Carson

Carson (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978.


Dr. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has also previously served in pastoral and itinerate ministry. Today he is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world.


Dr. Carson is co-founder along with Tim Keller of The Gospel Coalition, a network of church leaders and churches for the advancement of the gospel through the church. Dr. Carson has written or edited over sixty books, both academic and popular level. Several of his more accessible books include, The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers, and Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. Resources by Dr. Carson, including sermons, articles, books, and video interviews, are available at The Gospel Coalition website.


Dr. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois and have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.

Fred G. Zaspel

Dr. Zaspel (Ph.D., The Free University of Amsterdam) is a pastor on staff at Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA and is the interim Senior Pastor at New Hyde Park Baptist Church on New York's Long Island. He is an instructor in Bible and theology at To Every Tribe missions, and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA.


His recent book, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary is the fruit of his Ph.D. dissertation and has received high acclaim. Another work on this important American theologian will soon be published: Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel. He also co-authored (with Tom Wells) New Covenant Theology. Hundreds of Fred’s sermons, articles, and booklets are online at He is also a regular contributor to Credo Magazine.


Dr. Zaspel and his wife, Kimberly, were married in 1979 in Columbus, Ohio and have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Zaspel enjoys motorcycles, playing guitar, and boating.