February 15 -18, 2018

True Church Conference

Important Traits of a True Church that Are Often Missed

True Church Conference

Important Traits of a True Church that Are Often Missed


Anchored in Truth hosts the annual True Church Conference at Grace Life Church of the Shoals. This conference began in 2007 as a training conference for pastors and church leaders who are striving to build true (biblically healthy) churches. The conference themes have included Church Discipline, Repentance, Discipleship, Conversion, Hyper-Calvinism, The Family, and The Doctrine of Sin.


A conference IN a local church, BY a local church to help

reform/revitalize or plant local churches for the Glory of God!

Conference Speakers

Dr. David Prince

Baptism of Disciples Only and by Immersion Only

David Prince has served as the pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, since 2003. He served as an adjunct instructor of Christian preaching and pastoral ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2006-2011, and currently serves on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching.

David is the author of In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship (September 2016, Broadman and Holman), The Church with Jesus as the Hero (Ashland Publishing, 2015), and Jesus the Hero Family Devotional (Ashland Publishing, 2016). David is also currently working on Exalting Jesus in Numbers: Christ-Centered Exposition, eds., Daniel Akin, David Platt, and Tony Merida (Broadman and Holman, forthcoming). He has also contributed chapters in many books and a variety of theological journals.

David’s ministry is extended through his Prince on Preaching blog (davidprince.com) and media ministries. He is also a regular writer for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (erlc.com), For the Church (ftc.co), Servants of Grace (servanstofgrace.org), and The Center for Church Revitalization at Southern Seminary (revitalize.sbts.edu).

David is a graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received a B.A. (1991) and played college baseball. He received an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (1997). He completed his Ph.D. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (2011). His dissertation was Developing a Christocentric, Kingdom-Focused Model of Expository Preaching. The central labor and passion of David’s life and ministry is preaching Christ.

David has been married to Judi since 1992 and God has blessed them with eight children. The three oldest are boys: Luke (20, married to Kaelyn), Will (18), and Jonathan (16). The five youngest are girls: Lydia Grace (15), Susannah Faith (14), Sarah Hope (10), Phoebe Joy (8), and AnnaBeth Mercy (6).

Dr. Tim Seal

Praying and Believing in the Preaching of the Word to Build the Church

Dr. Timothy C. Seal grew up in Muscle Shoals, AL, and serves as the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Seminary at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN. He trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 15. Almost simultaneously, he received a call from the Lord to serve in full-time ministry and began to preach as opportunities arose. After earning a B.S. degree in Management and Marketing from the University of North Alabama in 1981, he married his high school sweetheart, Sanrea, in 1982. A few years later, he earned his M. Div. degree in 1985 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the next 14 years, he served as the pastor of three congregations. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D from Mid-America. After graduation, Dr. Seal taught students the fundamentals of expository preaching with Dr. Stephen Olford at the Olford Center in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Seal and his wife Sanrea have three grown children and two beautiful grandchildren which they enjoy greatly!

Dr. Seal is a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan!

David Miller

David Miller has been preaching for over 50 years. He has been in full-time evangelism since 1995 with Line Upon Line Ministries. He prefers the title “Country Preacher at Large.” He resides in Heber Springs, Arkansas, with Glenda, his wife of 50 years. He has a son, Josh, who is married to Bethany. He also has a grandson, Malachi. David is an avid hunter deer and elk and loves being outdoors.

Derek Melton

What I’ve Learned So Far about Church Planting

Pastor Derek Melton planted what is now Grace Life Church of Pryor in 1999. He has worked bi-vocationally as a police officer until his retirement in 2015 after 30 years of service. Pastor Derek and his wife Stacey have been sharing the gospel with troubled teens for 25 years. Three days per week the State of Oklahoma busses troubled teens to Grace Life Pryor to hear the Gospel. Two 22-week classes of 150 teens are also brought to Grace Life Church for Gospel ministry by the State. Several men and women from Grace Life Pryor labor continually to serve these needs. Grace Life Pryor has and continues to reform to biblical health. This change led to a church split in 2012 over doctrine. Since then, the church is growing and maturing in Christlikeness and stability. Pastor Derek and Stacey have been married 32 years and have two grown children and four precious grandchildren.

Jonathan Sims

Divine Sovereignty and How It Impacts Church Life

Jonathan Sims is the pastor of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He also earned his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has published compilations of his sermon notes on the books of Ephesians, Matthew, Romans, Galatians, Philippians, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Joshua and also a sermon series called “How to Build a Family God’s Way.” He is happily married to his wife of 33 years, Kala. They have five children:  Emily who is married to Kevin Stewart, Aimee who is married to Joshua Branson, Julie who is married to Stephen McClanahan, Nathan, and Ashleigh. They also have one granddaughter, Eleanor.

Barry King

Pastoral Sufferings and Filling Up of What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions

Barry King was born and raised in rural Arkansas and converted at the age of 14. He is the previous pastor of Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church in Arkansas. He founded the ministry known as Grace Baptist Partnership which is known for “helping churches plant churches.” Grace Baptist Partnership has assisted with the planting and revitalization efforts in 20 churches in England and Scotland. He is presently the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Edlesborough in Buckinghamshire, England. He is married to Frances, and they have five children: Regan, Ryan who is married to Uliana, Alister, Alison, and Abigail. Regan and Ryan also pastor churches in London.

Jeff Noblit

Proper Care and Support of the Preaching Pastor
A Robust Conviction to the Purposes of God
A Permeating Culture of Gospel Humility

Jeff Noblit has served on the pastoral staff at Grace Life Church of the Shoals since 1981 and has served as the senior pastor since 1989. Grace Life Church is known for its earnest desire to be glory of God focused, Christ honoring, and Bible saturated with a passion for spreading the Gospel to all peoples for the glory of God. Jeff is the founder and president of Anchored in Truth, which is centered on expository preaching. Anchored in Truth is committed to supply resources and materials to strengthen the development of healthy local churches. In recent years God has expanded the ministry to include church planting and the support of missionaries who are committed to both sound doctrine and practice in the local church. God has used the True Church Conferences hosted by Grace Life Church and Anchored in Truth to help train leaders in the United States and around the world. He is the author of the Accountability Notebook, which has been a tool in personal discipleship for more than 25 years. He has also authored booklets including The Great Answer to the Great Question, Born to Reform, Seeking God: Examining the State of Your Soul, and Baptism: Our Profession of Faith. He has contributed articles to various journals and magazines including The Messenger published by Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Founders Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and the book entitled Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue. He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters: Katie Leigh who is married to Garrett Shirey, Taylor Beth who is married to Tyler Farris, and Anna Claire. They also have three grandchildren, Rylan, Aulcie Kate, and Rayce.

Schedule Highlights

PM: Divine Sovereignty and How It Impacts Church Life

AM: A Permeating Culture of Gospel Humility

AM: Baptism of Disciples Only and by Immersion Only

PM: Pastoral Sufferings and Filling Up of What Is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions

AM: Proper Care and Support of the Preaching Pastor

AM: Praying and Believing in the Preaching of the Word to Build the Church

PM: David Miller

AM: A Robust Conviction to the Purposes of God

Registration Pricing

Early Registration

Ends December 31, 2017


per person

Regular Registration

Beginning January 1, 2018


per person

Conference Venue Location

Grace Life Church of the Shoals

1915 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

Contact Us with Questions

Address:     PO Box 520, Florence, AL 35631
Phone:        800-565-7729
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