JANUARY 19-22, 2023
Southwest Florida

If we don’t understand who we are in creation, then we will be inevitably hindered from understanding who God is and how we are to live in His world.

Man is the crowning glory of God’s creation. We are designed to bring glory to Him in this world by exercising dominion and stewardship over the rest of God’s creation. The Bible tells us very clearly what mankind is: We are image-bearers of the one, true and holy God. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27).

But we have lost sight of that truth. We live in a day where the definitions of man and woman are under attack. We have taken it upon ourselves to not only argue that mankind was not created or formed for a purpose by a great Creator, but we are attempting to redefine the essence of our humanity.

Society tells us that men can become women or women can become men. Children’s bodies are being mutilated due to transition surgeries done in the name of spiritual enlightenment and gender identity disorders.

Millions of image-bearers have been slaughtered in recent decades in abortion clinics. The entire transgender movement is redefining what it means to be a man. These warped ideas and practices permeate every aspect of our culture.

What is man?

That is the vitally important question that the 2023 National Founders Conference will address from the Word of God. When truth is under attack in our culture, God’s people must not shrink back. Scripture is clear and we must not flinch in standing firm on its message. The church must address this issue, because if we don’t, who will?

Join us in Fort Myers, Florida, from January 19-21 as we seek to do just that under the teaching of Tom Ascol, Voddie Baucham, Joel Beeke, Paul Washer and Bradley Pierce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cancelled registrations received by July 31st, 2022 will be issued a full refund minus $10 per registered person for processing fees. Cancelled registrations from August 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022 will be issued a 50% refund unless otherwise approved. No refund will be made and full payment will be required for cancellations received after December 31st, 2022 unless otherwise approved. Cancellations must be made by phone (888-525-1689) during normal business hours (not via voicemail message), or by email (officeadmin@founders.org).

While the full conference schedule has not been finalized our past conferences have followed the following pattern. There will be a pre-conference on Wednesday night at Grace Baptist Church, this is a separately ticketed event, check back to this page for more details. Thursday morning will begin conference registration and the first session will be around 1:00pm and will end around 8:00pm. Friday is a full day from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Saturday will be a half day from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We invite all attendees to attend our church services at Grace Baptist Church on Sunday morning. This is subject to change but provides a basic framework so that you can plan your travel accordingly.

Yes, please view the Lodging section below.

Please contact us at officeadmin@founders.org to discuss possible group discounts.

We plan to have complimentary water and coffee available but do not have the ability to provide food at this venue. Before the conference begins we will post a list of local restaurants to help you during the meal breaks. There will likely be a FAM dinner on Thursday night – check back here for more details.

We welcome everyone to attend our conferences and have a large number of families that attend. We hope to have a separate room for young families that has stream access for when the kids need to stretch and play. We will not be providing childcare for this event.

January in sunny SWFL is typically highs in the low 70s and lows in the 50s. We do not have a set dress code and our attendees typically vary from suits to shorts and t-shirts. The venue can be cold, so we would suggest bringing a jacket or sweater.


Tom Ascol

President, Founders Ministries

Voddie Baucham

Dean of Theology, African Christian University

Joel Beeke

President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Paul Washer

Founder, Heart Cry Missionary Society

Bradley Pierce

President, Foundation to Abolish Abortion


The conference is now SOLD OUT, but you can use the button below to watch the livestream!

Additional Opportunities


January 18 | 6:00 p.m.

Plan to join us for a pre-conference on January 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida. Tom Ascol and Voddie Baucham will be speaking on Christian Nationalism.

Ministry Update Dinner

January 19 | 4:30 p.m.

Online registration is closed, but there will be limited tickets available at the door.

On January 19, during the evening break, we are hosting an informal, family-style dinner at McGregor Baptist Church to provide a ministry update, explain the vision for 2023 and provide avenues for you to support the work of Founders. 

MENU: BBQ Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Cookie

At the 2023 National Conference, Founders will be celebrating our 40th year of hosting conferences! We are delighted to welcome back some of the men who helped start Founders in 1982 for a special 40th Anniversary panel at the #NFC23.

Tom Ascol
Tom Nettles
Fred Malone
Bill Ascol

Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Tom Ascol and Voddie Baucham

6:00 PM: SESSION 1 

6:50 PM: SESSION 2

7:45 PM: Break

8:00 PM: SESSION 3

Thursday, Jan. 19

9:00 AM: Registration Opens

12:00 PM: SESSION 1 | Tom Ascol | Psalm 8 – What Is Man?

1:30 PM: SESSION 2 | Joel Beeke | Mankind in the Image of God

2:30 PM: Break

3:15 PM: SESSION 3 | Bradley Pierce | Image-Bearers from Conception

4:30 PM: Dinner Break, Ministry Update Dinner

6:45 PM: SESSION 4 | Paul Washer | Mankind in Sin

8:00 PM: SESSION 5 | Voddie Baucham | Man and Woman by God’s Design

Friday, Jan. 20

8:30 AM: SESSION 6 | Joel Beeke | Justified Man (simul justis et peccator)

9:45 AM: SESSION 7 | TBD

11:00 AM: Lunch Break

1:00 PM: SESSION 8 | Paul Washer | People Made New

2:15 PM: SESSION 9 | Tom Ascol | Mankind in Hell

3:15 PM: Break

4:00 PM: SESSION 10 | 40th Anniversary Panel

5:00 PM: Dinner Break

7:15 PM: Session 11 | Voddie Baucham | The God-Man

8:15 PM: Founders After Party

Saturday, Jan. 21

8:30 AM: SESSION 12 | Conference Theme Panel

9:45 AM: SESSION 13 | Joel Beeke | Glorified Humanity

10:45 AM: Break

11:30 AM: SESSION 14 | Voddie Baucham | Mankind in the World

12:30 PM: Closing

Sunday, Jan. 22

8:00 AM: Worship at Grace Baptist Church

11:00 AM: Worship at Grace Baptist Church


Click on any of the hotels below to get more information, directions, and booking details.



Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers - Colonial Blvd

4350 Executive Circle
Fort Myers, FL 33916


Rate: $210.00 + Tax
Cut off: 12/15/2023
Comp: Wifi, Breakfast
Distance: 1.1 Miles 

Home2Suites by Hilton

4333 Ford Street 
Fort Myers, FL 33916


Rate: $225.00 + Tax
Cut off: 12/15/2023
Comp: Breakfast, Wifi
Distance: 0.8 Miles

Courtyard by Marriott

4455 Metro Parkway                            
Fort Myers FL 33916


Rate: Standard King $199.00 + Tax  / Double Queen $209.00 + Tax
Cut off: 12/15/2023
Comp: Wifi, Breakfast buffet
Distance: 1.4 miles 

Residence Inn by Marriott

2960 Colonial Blvd.                         
Fort Myers, FL 33966


Rate: Studio King $279.00 + Tax / One Bedroom Suite $289.00 + Tax

Cut off: 12/23/2022

Comp: Wifi

Distance: 1.5 Miles

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Forum

3427 Forum Blvd.                              
Fort Myers, FL 33905


Rate: King: $189.00 + Tax / Two Queen:  $189.00 + Tax
Cut Off: 12/15/2023
Comp: Wifi, Breakfast bags
Distance: 2 Miles

Holiday Inn Edison at Midtown

2431 S. Cleveland Ave.             
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Rate: $139.00 + Tax (King)
Cut off: 12/19/2023
Comp: Wifi
Distance: 2.2 Miles

Book by calling: 239-332-3232 with Group Code: SMF

Luminary Hotel Autograph Collection

2200 Edwards Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33901


Rate: $299.00 + Tax

Cut off: 12/16/2021

Comp: Wifi

Distance: 5.5 Miles 

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