God has raised up local church leaders in New England who love their communities, who have committed to staying over the long haul as they trust Christ to change hearts and redeem souls. They understand the challenges. The have endured hardship. They have been tempted to hunker down but defied Satan to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to their neighbors and encourage fellow believers to do likewise. One such leader is Stephen Um, senior minister of CityLife Presbyterian Church in Boston and leader of The Gospel Coalition New England Regional Chapter. He and his team, especially Justin Ruddy, organized the recent Regional Conference with the aim of uniting Christians across denominations, equipping believers to stand fast and tell the truth of Jesus, and inspiring them to love their neighbors as themselves. All of us who worked together to organize the event stood together at the Back Bay Events Center and marveled at the faith-stirring sound of nearly 1,300 voices singing praises to the King of kings.
Gospel-Shaped Ministry Tim Keller
Panel Discussion - Gospel-Shaped Life Tim Keller, David Wells, Richard Lints, Stephen Um
Plenary 1 - The Gospel-Shaped Life Tim KellerPlenary 2 - The Gospel-Shaped Mind John Piper
Plenary 3 - The Gospel Shape of Scripture D.A. Carson
Plenary 4 - The Gospel-Shaped Heart John Piper
Plenary 5 - The Gospel-Shaped Community Stephen Um
Plenary 6 - The Gospel-Shaped Mission D.A. Carson
Panel Discussion - Our Cultural Idols and the Gospel Tim Keller, David Wells, Richard Lints, Stephen Um, Collin Hansen
Panel Discussion - The One-Story Plotline of the Bible Gordon Hugenberger, Stephen Um, D.A. Carson, Jared Wilson
Gospel Growth in Rocky Soil Jared Wilson
The Holy-love of God David Wells
We Dare Not Despair: A Great Awakening, Then and Now Collin Hansen
Ministering Effectively in a Transient Culture Steven Chin
The Gospel and Apologetics: Pressing Issues and Church Faces Richard Lints and Patrick Smith
Panel Discussion - How the Gospel Shapes Our Work Perry An, Blake Bartlett, Cullen Buie, Tinu Diver, Jessica Reid
Panel Discussion - Perspectives on Ministry in New England Steven Chin, Chris Bass, Bauer Evans, Danny Ovalle
Panel Discussion - Gospel-Centered Church Planting Wes Pastor, Matthew Kruse, Todd Murphy, Bob Sawyer
Gospel-Driven Ministry & Culture Owen Lee
Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical School in Deerfield, Ill. and former academic dean of Northwest Theological College in Richmond B.C. He holds a B.Sc. from McGill University, M.Div. from Central Baptist Seminary and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. In addition to his extensive international itinerant ministry he has authored or edited over 50 theological books. Don is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He is a founding member of The Gospel Coalition, member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Institute for Biblical Research. Don and his wife Joy reside in Libertyville, ILL. and have two children.
Collin Hansen is editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. Formerly an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, Hansen is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalistâï¿½ï¿½s Journey With the New Calvinists and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University.
Gordon P. Hugenberger is the senior pastor at historic Park Street Church, in Boston, Massachusetts Hugenberger is a prolific author, having written dozens of articles. He is also a frequent speaker at venues such as the Salvation Army, Harvard University, the New England Christian Fellowship and MIT. His B.A. degree in engineering and applied physics and his ongoing interest in science have allowed him to speak occasionally on the relationship between science and faith. Other topics on which he has spoken and written include marriage as a covenant, redemptive history and Malachi.
Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.
Richard Lints is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Hamilton Campus. He is also the Andrew Mutch Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell and is an author. Lints has been with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1986. He has also taught at Trinity College in Bristol, England, and from 1999-2000 he was Visiting Professor at Yale University. Lints is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is also a regular contributor to the Modern Reformation magazine, the Center for Gospel and Culture, and the Gospel Coalition. Lints received his B.A. from Westminster College (Philosophy/Religion), A.M. from the University of Chicago (Theology), M.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Philosophy) and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (Philosophy). He has also taught at Trinity College, Bristol, Yale Divinity School, the University of Notre Dame, Westminster Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary.
John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of 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 40 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.
Um is senior minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston and has over 20 years of ministry in Presbyterian churches in the USA. He holds an M. Div. and a Th.M. in Biblical Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he is currently lecturer in New Testament Studies. His Ph.D. in New Testament studies is from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is an author, council member of The Gospel Coalition, associate director of training (Asia/Australia) for Redeemer City to City, and president of the Center for Gospel Culture. He and his wife reside in Boston with their three children.
David F. Wells is the Distinguished Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of eighteen books and has ministered in many parts of the world.
Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont and the author of the books Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps and the Bible study resources Abide and Seven Daily Sins. His next book The Pastor's Justification releases Spring 2013 from Crossway. Jared's articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Rev! Magazine, Tabletalk, Exponential's Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps Magazine, Disciple Magazine, Collegiate, and numerous other publications. Jared also blogs regularly for The Gospel Coalition.