This year's 11th annual Building Tomorrow's Church conference is focused on the Lord's call for his disciples to FEAR NOT. Today, this command is just as relevant for Christ's disciples as when these words were first spoken nearly 2,000 years ago.

You don't have to search far to see how Christians are being persecuted in many ways in many places around the world. Followers of Jesus Christ are being insulted, ostracized, and attacked in almost every corner of the world—and even in the supposedly more "civilized" societies.  

And yet Christ's call is the same in every place and in every generation:


At BTC18, attendees will be encouraged by the preaching of God's Word to put away fear of man and to fear God and trust him. As our Lord told his disciples in Matthew 10:28-31,

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.."


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Ryan Davidson



Ryan Davidson has served in several congregations and in counseling ministry over the last 15 years and has been serving as pastor at Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, VA since August of 2008. He has a desire to see this church family continue to grow into maturity of the faith and to be devoted to Christ and devoted to one another. Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Christie, and they have four wonderful children: Micah, Lydia, Shaphan and Magdalene. Ryan holds degrees from Samford University (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.Ed.), Southern Seminary, Louisville KY (Th.M.) and he is a (Ph.D.cand) at The Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands in Early Church History/Pastoral Theology.  He has written several publications, including one book on the Lord’s Supper and he is the member of several academic societies.  He has taught in several academic institutions and seminaries both as an adjunct faculty member or as a Visiting Instructor.  He likes fishing with the kids, enjoying his wife’s culinary delights, running (every once in awhile) and fellowship with friends and guests around the table.

Brandon Smith

Pastor, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church • Jackson, Georgia


Pastor Smith was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and was a member of Roebuck Park Baptist Church. The Lord converted Brandon as a boy and called him into the ministry as an older teenager. Roebuck Park licensed Brandon to the ministry in 1991. He served his first church in January of 1992 as Minister of Music and Youth.  The Lord placed him in full time Evangelism for a short time. Then he served as a youth associate at F.B.C. Concord Knoxville, Tn. in 1994, before he moved to Griffin, Ga. in 1995. He served as Minister of Students at Second Baptist Church Griffin for five years and thankfully he met his wife Beth. He now pastors Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, since 2003, after he served as Pastor of a church plant for 3 years that merged with Trinity R. B. C. in 2002. He and Beth were married in 2001 they have four children Adison, Frasier, J.B., and Sophie. Brandon graduated, with a Pastoral Divinity Diploma, from the Log College at Heritage Church Fayetteville, Ga. Also, he holds a B. A. degree in History from Macon State College, Macon, Ga.



4:00pm        Arrival + Check-in
5:40pm        Dinner
7:15pm         Session 1 - "Fear Not: What Is Fear?" - Brandon Smith
9:00pm        Introductions + Fellowship


7:00am        Devotions (optional)
8:10am        Breakfast
9:15am         Session 2 - "Fear Not: Fear of Man" - Ryan Davidson
11:00am       Group Activity
12:10pm       Lunch
1:00pm         Free Time + Afternoon Activities
5:40pm        Dinner
7:00pm        Session 3 - "Fear Not: Fear of Failure" - Brandon Smith
                   Breakout Session 2
9:00pm        Hootenanny + Fellowship


7:00am        Devotions (optional)
8:10am        Breakfast
9:30am        Session 4 - "Fear Not: Fear of Life and Death" - Ryan Davidson
                   Group Photo
12:10pm       Lunch
1:00pm        Fellowship + Rest
4:30pm        Session 5 - "Fear Not: Fear of God" - Brandon Smith
5:40pm        Dinner
6:45pm        Session 6 - "Fear Not: The Promise of Peace" - Ryan Davidson
8:00pm        Q+A Session
9:00pm        Fellowship


7:00am        Devotions (optional)
8:00am        Breakfast
9:30am        Praise + Prayer
12:10pm       Lunch + Departures

Location & Amenities

BTC 2018 will again be held at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona, June 8-11. NAU is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and close to plenty of shops and restaurants.

Note: Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements.


The Suites at NAU provide a hotel-type feel with the following amenities: Comfortable suite-style rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, a game room complete with pool table, foosball, air hockey, arcade games, TVs, and a movie theater. Additionally, the facility includes a business center with computers, four lounges with study rooms, laundry (accepts credit or debit), an ATM, and FREE Wi-Fi.


Bedroom Suites

Every one bedroom, one bathroom suite includes two twin-sized beds, linens (blankets, fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillows, towels, & washcloths), two dressers and nightstands, ceiling fans, desks with chairs, closets, a mini refrigerator & microwave, and FREE internet. Please note that although we expect the temperatures to be quite pleasant that weekend, the rooms do not have air conditioning.

Feel free to plan ahead of time who you want to room with for the weekend; or just wait until check-in to figure it out. If you have specific lodging requests, please let us know. Additionally, we make every effort to separate men and women on different floors, with the exception of married couples who will have their own rooms.

Packing Suggestions

  • Cash for things like parking, on-campus swimming, Starbucks, vending machines, off-campus excursions, etc.
  • A small fan for your room in case it gets too warm
  • An extra blanket or sheet (the bed sheets provided are fairly light)
  • Your best Hootenanny performance!


  • Bible & pen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Clothes for 80° weather
  • Light jacket or sweater for cool evenings
  • Toiletries
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sunscreen