Be refreshed and revitalized in your ministry at the 2022 GARBC Conference

June 27-30, 2022
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Engaging Sessions
Building Relationships
Forward Thinking
Are you seeking:
  • Relevant sessions that speak to your specific challenges in ministry?
  • Encouragement from other like-minded leaders?
  • Applicable strategies you can take back to your church?

As a ministry leader, you need a time to be refreshed and get excited about what’s next.

You’re looking for powerful, relevant insights that can help you bring more people to Christ as you share the Gospel in your local church and community.

Get refreshed and refueled at the 2022 GARBC Annual Conference.

At the GARBC Annual Conference, you’re more than just another attendee.

You’re part of a larger group of co-laborers who are striving to disciple others and bring people to Christ. Your participation plays a vital role in helping us move forward together.

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At the GARBC Conference, you’ll experience:
Engaging Sessions

Hear speakers, teachers, and leaders provide valuable insight that’s relevant to your ministry context, church, and community.

Building Relationships

Network with other like-minded ministry leaders to build relationships, receive encouragement, and be reinvigorated in life and ministry.

Forward Thinking

Be equipped, build momentum, and become a part of what’s next as we make disciples through healthy local churches.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be equipped and refreshed in your ministry.

Register for the 2022 GARBC Annual Conference today!
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How to Attend

1. Register for the Conference

This year, registration is completely online.

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2. Attend the Conference

Join us on June 27-30, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Calvary Baptist Church
1200 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

3. Be Encouraged and Transformed

Be equipped and revitalized in your ministry as you seek to share the Gospel and make disciples.

Why the GARBC Annual Conference?

For over 90 years, the GARBC conference has been transforming lives and motivating leaders to continue to make disciples in our communities and around the world. Your participation in the conference helps keep our organization strong as we move forward and seek God’s will.

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Conference Speakers

David E. Strope

Interim National Rep of the GARBC

David E. Strope serves as interim national representative of the GARBC. In this role, David shares God’s Word in church and ministry settings, counsels and encourages pastors and churches, provides assistance with pastoral placement, and mentors and trains pastors, all while championing the association’s doctrinal distinctives.

Prior to serving in this role, David was a pastor for 45 years in four New York Churches (Bethel Baptist Church, Jamestown; Calvary Baptist Church, Lockport; Regular Baptist Church [now Maple Avenue Baptist Church], Elmira; and Calvary Baptist Church, Norwich) and at Ankeny Baptist Church of Ankeny, Iowa.

In addition to his pastoral roles, David has served on the GARBC Council of 18, the Northeast Fellowship Council of 10, and the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches Council of 10. He currently serves on the elected council of Baptist Mid-Missions; and has taught at Faith Baptist Bible College as an adjunct faculty member.

David and his wife Debbie both hail from Newark Valley, NY and have three children, seven grandchildren, and two foster grandchildren.

Ken Floyd

State Rep, MARBC

Ken Floyd and his wife Sharon have been married for over 45 years. The Floyds served in pastoral ministry for over 25 years in three different GARB churches. Ken has served since 2006 as the Executive Ministry Director of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches (MARBC), a network of approximately 175 churches in the State of Michigan. The Floyds will conclude their 16-year ministry with the MARBC at the end of this year.

A humorous aspect of God’s plan to have Ken and Sharon involved with Michigan churches is the fact that they are native Buckeyes and very committed fans of The Ohio State University. This has led to a lot of fun moments as they minister throughout Michigan – well, mostly humorous! Ken frequently finds himself having to encourage beleaguered Spartan and Wolverine pastors after another football loss to the mighty Buckeyes. He is blessed to join Spartan Clare Jewell and Wolverine John Scally as a conference speaker.

Their Floyds have one daughter, Allison, who was a yearly participant at GARBC Conferences growing up in the Floyd home. One of her favorite conference activities was to harass certain Council of 18 members, especially U of M grad Brad Quick. Allison is a member of a GARBC church in Canton, Ohio, along with her husband (Taylor Helmick) and five children.

Besides preaching weekly in association churches, Ken coaches pastors, conducts seminars pertaining to spiritual leadership, prayer, pastoral transition and search processes, and conflict resolution. He is the author of two ministry books published by Regular Baptist Press, several ministry-related articles featured in the Baptist Bulletin. Ken received his education at Cedarville College and Grace Theological Seminary. He is also certified as a ministry and church revitalization consultant through Church Consultation University. He enjoys assisting plateaued and declining churches to discover their God-given, biblical potential.

Nicolas Ellen

Pastor, Community of Faith Bible Church

Dr. Ellen is the Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston Texas and Senior Professor of Biblical Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Ellen has also developed a biblical counseling training center called Expository Counseling Center LLC.

He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, his M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University, Santa Clarita, California, his Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky and his PH.D in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Ellen is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and travels nationwide with the organization teaching biblical counseling principles. Dr. Ellen also teaches on a morning show called “Up With The Son” where he teaches various topics from God’s Word. In addition, He is also a Senior Member of the Biblical Counseling Framework Association. Dr. Ellen and his wife Dr. Venessa Ellen have two children and four grandchildren.

John Scally

Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church

My name is John Scally. I have had the privilege of serving the Lord in vocational ministry for over 25 years. The first 17 years in ministry I was a youth pastor, and the last 9 years I have been the lead pastor of Emmanuel Baptist of Flint, Michigan. I am a graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin. I have been married to my awesome wife Tami for 22 years, and we have three incredible children: Zachary, Hope, and Victoria. I am a huge University of Michigan and Detroit Red Wings fan, and I enjoy pizza, pasta, and Pepsi. My heart is fixed on evangelism as we have recently as a church launched our first site in a nearby community. I lead with passion and purpose, and God receives all of the glory!

Clare Jewell

Director, Generate GARBC

Clare Jewell has been married to his wife Donna for more than 40 years. They currently reside in Salem, Oregon. They have four daughters and 13 grandchildren scattered across the eastern portion of the United States.

Prior to joining with ABWE and the GARBC, Clare was the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Park Baptist Church in Auburn, Indiana for more than 20 years. From 1988-1993, He was the Administrator of Grace Baptist Christian School.

Clare completed his BA in Pastoral Studies at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. He also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Eastern Michigan University. Currently, Clare is in the final stage of completing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Strategic Leadership at Corban University.

Along with preaching and teaching, Clare loves to golf, hike, ski and cheer for the Michigan State Spartans!

Paul Davis

President, ABWE

Paul and Martha Davis have served in pastoral ministry since 1989. In their lifetime of ministry, they have led church plants, Christian schools and dynamic ministry teams. Additionally, they have given oversight to children’s, youth and college/career ministries. They enjoy pace-setting leadership as well as serving as educators, conference speakers and ministry trip facilitators.

In 2017, Paul became the seventh President of ABWE. Today, Paul and Martha are working hard to meet, support and encourage the ABWE global team, striving to embolden gospel-centered churches to become sending and supporting churches, connecting God-enabled donors to the visionary projects of our fields, and humbly working to build, heal and reignite relationships with ABWE partners past, present and future.

The Davises have four adult children who are maturing believers in Jesus Christ. Landon works as an accountant, Kierstin is employed in private education. Rachael is working as a consultant and is in grad school, and their youngest son Ian is a recent college graduate who works in finance.


Mon, 6/27Tue, 6/28Wed, 6/29Thu, 6/30
9:00 AMCouncil of 18 MeetingsGeneral Session 2 – Nicolas EllenGeneral Session 4 – Paul DavisGeneral Session 7 – Jon Scally and Nicolas Ellen
10:30 AMGeneral Session 3 – Ken FloydGeneral Session 5 – Clare Jewell
11:00 AM
12:00 PMGenerate LuncheonCedarville Luncheon
1:00 PMChaplaincy Training
1:45 PMWorkshop Sessions: Jeff Halsted, Venessa Ellen, Clare Jewell, Knute LarsonWorkshop Sessions: Knute Larson, Nathan Archer, Matt Papa, Venessa Ellen
3:00 PMBusiness Meeting
7:00 PMGeneral Session 1 – David StropeMatt Papa Concert MinistryGeneral Session 6 – Nicolas Ellen
8:30 PMFaith Baptist Bible College ReceptionClarks Summit University ReceptionABWE Reception

Session Details

General Sessions

General Session 1 – June 27, 7:00 PM
What Is Truth: Abstract Idea or Incarnate Grace, David Strope

General Session 2 – June 28, 9:00 AM
Training and Transformation through the Truth of God’s Word, Nicolas Ellen
2 Timothy 3:16

General Session 3 – June 28, 10:30 AM
Truth in Advertising: Why Truth Matters It Walks the Talk, Ken Floyd
2 John 1:1-13

General Session 4 – June 29, 9:00 AM
Truth to the Nations, Paul Davis
Acts 26

General Session 5 – June 29, 10:30 AM
Do the Truth, Clare Jewell
Matthew 7:24-29

General Session 6 – June 29, 7:00 PM
Quieting a Noisy Soul through Truth Incarnate, Nicolas Ellen
Matthew 11:28-30

General Session 7 – June 30, 9:00 AM
Dynamic DNA: Truth Matters Holding Our Ground, Jon Scally and Nicolas Ellen

Workshop Sessions

Tuesday Workshop 1 – June 28, 1:45 PM
Sharing Our Faith in a Brave New World, Jeff Halsted

Tuesday Workshop 2 – June 28, 1:45 PM
The Life of the Ministry Leader’s Wife, Venessa Ellen

Tuesday Workshop 4 – June 28, 1:45 PM
Church Advance, Clare Jewell

Tuesday Workshop 5 – June 28, 1:45 PM
55 Years of Analyzing the Three Types of Groups in the Church, Knute Larson

Wednesday Workshop 1 – June 29, 1:45 PM
Major Concerns for a Pastor, Knute Larson

Wednesday Workshop 2 – June 29, 1:45 PM
Civil Obedience and Disobedience: Navigating the Authority of the State and the Church, Nathan Archer

Wednesday Workshop 3 – June 29, 1:45 PM
Songwriting, Matt Papa

Wednesday Workshop 5 – June 29, 1:45 PM
Perceptions and Expectations of Others, Venessa Ellen

Concert & Worship

led by Matt Papa

As a veteran songwriter and Christian musician, Matt Papa has carved an even more unique space for himself as one of the world’s top modern-day hymn writers. With songs like “His Mercy Is More,” “Christ Our Hope In Life And Death,” and “Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery,” Matt tours regularly across the U.S. as a songwriter with Getty Music and frequently performs on their tours. A two-time Dove Award nominated artist, Matt is on a mission to write songs that are singable, beautiful, and timeless. He serves as an artist-in-residence at Cedarville University and Marco Presbyterian Church, and most of all, is a husband as well as a father to 5 beautiful children.

Registration Rates

Entire Conference (includes conference handbook)Early Bird (through May 15)Online after May 15On-site
Husband & wife$150$175$200
One child, grades 1-12 (children ages 0-5 free)$50$60$60
Two or more children (children ages 0-5 free)$90$100$100
First-time attendee – husband & wife (vocational ministry personnel; includes children)$0$50$75
First-time attendee – individual (vocational ministry personnel; includes children)$0$25$50
College student (must be a full-time student with valid student ID)$40$50$75
Church planter (in church or mission church listed in the GARBC Directory, includes children)$0$25$50
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Looking for a place to stay while you attend the GARBC Conference?

The DoubleTree hotel has generously offered a group rate for conference attendees.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Rapids Airport
4747 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-1915

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Looking for other hotel options?

There are many good hotels within a few miles of Calvary Baptist Church.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Rapids–Airport
2.9 miles away from conference
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Tru by Hilton Grand Rapids–Kentwood
4.5 miles away from conference
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Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids–Airport
3.1 miles away from conference
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Grand Rapids–Kentwood
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Holiday Inn Grand Rapids–Airport
3.1 miles away from conference
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Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids East
2.7 miles away from conference
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Exhibiting at the conference allows you to connect with pastors and churches from across the country. Share how God is at work through your ministries and the ways local churches can benefit by networking with you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this conference?

This conference is designed for pastors and their wives, ministry leaders, Christian college staff, and anyone who is a part of a GARBC church.

Are meals included?

The conference does not have daily meals, but some of our ministries may sponsor an on-site luncheon at a low cost to give you an opportunity to hear about ministry news and fellowship together. Check in the coming weeks as we continue planning this year’s events!

Can I bring my family?

Families are welcome at the GARBC conference! We have activities and programs for all ages.

What’s the dress code?

Most attendees dress in business casual attire, but we invite you to dress to your comfort level.

Can I attend the conference if I’m outside the U.S.?

Yes, attendees from outside of the U.S. are welcome.

Can I register on-site at the conference?

While online registration in advance is highly preferred (to let us prepare to host you), you can also register on-site at the conference. There is a $25 fee in addition to regular rates for on-site registration.

Can I attend the conference virtually?

Virtual options will not be available for the 2022 GARBC conference.

How can I change my workshop session?

Just email, and our conference registrar will be happy to update your session.