2014 National Founders Conference

Nationals Founders Conference 2014


2014 National Founders Conference
October 16-18 * First Baptist Church * Charleston, SC

Join us October 16–18 for the 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference.

Register Now and take advantage of an advanced registration discount.

The conference will be held at the historic First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC.
The theme will be: Confessional Power and Gospel Advance: The 2LC at Home and Abroad
The 2nd London Confession of Faith was published in 1689. This year marks the 325th anniversary of that historic event. This important confession, which has been called the most influential among Baptists in the South in Colonial America, has helped shape Baptist identity here and abroad. This conference will celebrate this anniversary while focusing on the importance of confessional Christianity for the advance of the gospel around the world.

Conference Speakers


Tom Ascol is the Executive Director of Founders Ministries and Editor of The Founders Journal. He is also Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, where he has served since 1986. He received a BS from Texas A & M University and the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is editor of the books Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches and Dear Timothy and author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva to Do with Nashville? He has contributed articles and chapters to numerous publications.


Andy Davis serves as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, NC. He was born in Boston, MA, where he later earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started his seminary training while working as an engineer and earned his MDiv from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also pastored in Massachusetts and served as a missionary-church planter in Japan. He later graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a PhD in Church History. He is the author of An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture and a new book on sanctification, An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness.


Steve Lawson is president of OnePassion Ministries and is recently retired as Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He is also Professor of Preaching in the masters and doctoral programs at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California and a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries in Orlando, Florida. He received his DMin from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call to Expository Preaching.


Fred Malone is the pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana. He received the MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and the PhD degree in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Baptism of Disciples Alone.


Aaron Menikoff serves as Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He received his MDiv and PhD in American Church History from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also contributes as a lead writer on expositional preaching for 9Marks Ministry and is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition.


Tom Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. He is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including By His Grace and For His Glory and Baptists and the Bible (with Russ Bush), Stray Recollections, Short Articles and Public Orations of James P. Boyce, Whomever He Wills (edited with Matthew Barrett), and Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.


Phil Newton is the Pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to Memphis and planted South Woods in 1987. Phil received his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also received a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as an adjunct professor through Southeastern’s Equip Network. He has published articles in several journals and has authored Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals (with Brian Croft),Venture All for God: Piety in the Writings of John Bunyan (with Roger Duke and Drew Harris), and The Way of Faith. He recently published Elders in the Life of the Church (with Matt Schmucker; a revised and expanded edition of a previous book, Elders in Congregational Life).


Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 16

Noon to 3:00 PM — Registration / Bookstore and Exhibitor Area Open

3:00 PM  to 5:00 PM — Session 1

• Welcome and introduction
• Exposition and Sermon on Biblical Christology (Phil Newton)

5:00 PM to 7:15 PM — Dinner on your own

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM — Session 2

• Exposition and Sermon on Sanctification (Andy Davis)

Friday, October 17

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM — Session 3

• Historical/biographical Paper on Adoniram Judson and the 1689 London Confession (Tom Nettles)

10:30 AM to 11:45AM — Session 4

• Exposition and Sermon on the Law and the Gospel (Fred Malone)

Noon to 3:00 PM Lunch and free time on your own

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM — Session 5

• Exposition and Sermon on the Centrality of the Doctrines of Grace to Evangelism (Tom Ascol)

5:00 PM to 7:15 PM — Dinner on your own

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM — Session 6

• Exposition and Sermon on the Church (Aaron Menikoff)

Saturday, October 18

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM — Session 7

• Panel discussion

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM — Session 8

• Exposition and Sermon on the Sovereignty of God (Steven Lawson)

The conference will conclude at Noon.

Register Here! We hope to see you in Charleston, SC this October!

2014 National Founders Conference brochure