destination: valley of the sun

After many years of doing the BTC conference in northern Arizona, this year attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the "dry heat of the world-famous Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix area is known for its big, blue skies, beautiful desert mountains, lakes, and flora, and the many fun activities to enjoy both outdoors and inside.

Even though BTC was started by Grace Covenant Church and has been organized by people in this congregation since it’s inception in 2007, we are excited to finally be hosting BTC at GCC for the first time this year.

Rooms at a nearby hotel have been reserved for attendees traveling from out of town, and most meals will be provided by GCC members at the church. Likewise, activities will be planned and led by GCC members for attendees who are interested in participating. (Stay tuned for more info on activities and excursions!)

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2019 theme

BTC 2019’s theme is simply, “The Love of Christ for His Church.” This year’s theme will focus on God’s eternal love for his covenant people as demonstrated through Christ and his loving relationship to his sheep.

 

SESSION 1
Covenantal Love: Christ Our Redeemer
Jeremiah 31:31-34

SESSION 2
Sacrificial Love: Christ Our Lamb of God
Isaiah 53:1-12

SESSION 3
Mediatorial Love: Christ Our Great High Priest
Hebrews 4:14-16

SESSION 4
Ruling Love: Christ Our King
Revelation 1:4-8

SESSION 5
Defending Love: Christ Our Advocate
1 John 2:1-3

SESSION 6
Eternal Love: Christ Our Reward
Romans 8:35-39

 

BONUS SESSION
Questions & Answers


2019 SPEAKERS

 

Steve Martin

Dean of Students, IRBS Theological Seminary

Steve Martin  retired from the pastorate in 2012 and has devoted his remaining years of ministry to the building up of pastors and local churches under God. In May of 2017 he was asked to become the first Dean of Students at the IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas where he currently lives.  Steve has a BA in English from Wabash College and his MA in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Steve has long served in the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) as well as the Georgia Association of Confessional Baptist Churches (GACB). He has helped plan the annual North American Banner of Truth Ministers Pastors’ Conference, and has contributed a chapter to Dr. Tom Ascol’s book for young pastors,  Dear Timothy  (Founders Press), as well as edited and contributed to  Biblical Shepherding of God’s Sheep: The Use and Abuse of Authority by Church Officers  (Day One Publications).  Steve and his dear wife Cindy have been married since 1972. They have been blessed with two children who are married in the Lord and six precious grandchildren.

Steve Martin retired from the pastorate in 2012 and has devoted his remaining years of ministry to the building up of pastors and local churches under God. In May of 2017 he was asked to become the first Dean of Students at the IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas where he currently lives.

Steve has a BA in English from Wabash College and his MA in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Steve has long served in the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) as well as the Georgia Association of Confessional Baptist Churches (GACB). He has helped plan the annual North American Banner of Truth Ministers Pastors’ Conference, and has contributed a chapter to Dr. Tom Ascol’s book for young pastors, Dear Timothy (Founders Press), as well as edited and contributed to Biblical Shepherding of God’s Sheep: The Use and Abuse of Authority by Church Officers (Day One Publications).

Steve and his dear wife Cindy have been married since 1972. They have been blessed with two children who are married in the Lord and six precious grandchildren.

Robert Cosby

Pastor, Tucson Reformed Baptist Church

Robert Cosby  is the son of a Baptist pastor and spent most of his life in southern Arizona. He is married to Christine, and they have a daughter, Keira, and a son Cole. He has a BA in Christian Counseling from Trinity College of the Bible (2005), an M-Div from Westminster Seminary California (WSC), and a certificate from the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) (2009). Robert worked with Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ after graduating from WSC and prior to that has served as an intern for the Grace Covenant Church of North Olmstead, OH, and Escondido Reformed Baptist Church of Escondido, CA.  Prior to attending seminary he served as the Associate Pastor of the Branded for Christ Baptist Church in Sunsites, AZ.  Starting in 2009 he served with Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ, and was sent from there as a church planter to Tucson in 2011. In November of 2013 he was called as the first Pastor of Tucson Reformed Baptist Church.

Robert Cosby is the son of a Baptist pastor and spent most of his life in southern Arizona. He is married to Christine, and they have a daughter, Keira, and a son Cole. He has a BA in Christian Counseling from Trinity College of the Bible (2005), an M-Div from Westminster Seminary California (WSC), and a certificate from the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) (2009). Robert worked with Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ after graduating from WSC and prior to that has served as an intern for the Grace Covenant Church of North Olmstead, OH, and Escondido Reformed Baptist Church of Escondido, CA.

Prior to attending seminary he served as the Associate Pastor of the Branded for Christ Baptist Church in Sunsites, AZ.

Starting in 2009 he served with Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ, and was sent from there as a church planter to Tucson in 2011. In November of 2013 he was called as the first Pastor of Tucson Reformed Baptist Church.

 

Friday, June 7

4:00pm   Arrival + Check-in
5:30pm   Dinner
6:30pm  Session 1 - “Covenantal Love: Christ Our Redeemer” - Rob Cosby
8:00pm  Introductions + Fellowship


Saturday, June 8

9:15am   Session 2 - “Sacrificial Love: Christ Our Lamb of God” - Steve Martin
11:00am  Breakout Session 1 
12:10pm  Lunch
1:00pm    Group Activity    
2:00pm    Free Time + Afternoon Activities
5:30pm    Dinner
6:45pm    Session 3 - “Mediatorial Love: Christ Our Great High Priest” - Rob Cosby
8:00pm  Hootenanny + Fellowship


Sunday, June 9

9:00am   Session 4 - “Ruling Love: Christ Our King” - Rob Cosby
10:30am Session 5 - “Defending Love: Christ Our Advocate” - Steve Martin
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm   Fellowship, Hymn Sing, Rest
4:00pm   Session 6 - “Eternal Love: Christ Our Reward” - Steve Martin
5:30pm   Dinner
6:45pm  Q&A Session - Rob Cosby + Steve Martin
8:00pm Fellowship


Monday, June 10

Fellowship + Departures

Agenda subject to change.


2019 Location

This year’s conference will be held at the sponsoring church, Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, Arizona.

1255 N. Greenfield Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85234

480-813-0883