February 14 -17, 2019

True Church Conference

Honoring the Excellency of Jesus Christ

True Church Conference

Honoring the Excellency of Jesus Christ

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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


In recent years Conrad Mbewe has become well known as a preacher around the world. His clear exposition and powerful application of Scripture has earned him a broad and attentive international audience. But what many do not know is he is also a prolific author in his own country of Zambia. He has written numerous articles and booklets to address the spiritual needs of his nation and it’s churches.This writing ministry, together with his powerful preaching and his experience in church-planting efforts, have made him one of the leaders of African evangelical Christianity. From the wide assortment of his work we have gathered together his more substantial material dealing with the church. This title, Foundations for the Flock, is an effort to take some of his previously published material and make it available to the rest of the world. We are confident it will edify Christians of other nations just as it has done in Zambia.

Justin Peters

Justin Peters Ministries exists to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and to help equip the saved to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Great care is taken to preach and teach God’s Word in its proper context and simply let the text speak for itself. JPM is overseen by a Board of Directors and Justin and his wife, Kathy, are members of Kootenai Community Church, Sandpoint Idaho.

Dr. David Prince

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).

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.

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.

Jeff Noblit

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.

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Schedule Highlights

7:00PM: As seen in His person: The God Man (Conrad Mbewe)

9:00AM:As seen in His Wisdom: Guarding the Church from False Teachers (Justin Peters)

10:00AM: As seen in His Wisdom: Governing the Roles of Men and Women in the Local Churches (Jono Sims)

2:00 PM: As seen in His Wisdom: Granting the Means for Building His Church, p.1 (Jeff Noblit)

7:00 PM: As seen in His Work: His Death for Our Sins (David Prince)

9:00 AM: As seen in His Wisdom: Granting the Means for Building His Church, p.2 (Jeff Noblit)

10:00 AM: As seen in His Work: Faithfully Interceding for His Own (David Miller)

11:00 AM:  As seen in His Work: Question & Answer time with Preachers

5:00 PM: As seen in His Work: Banquet for Church Plants, Partners, & Missionaries

7:00 PM: As seen in His Work: His Resurrection for Our Justification (Jono Sims)

9:00 AM: Small Groups

10:30 AM: As seen in His Wisdom: Commissioning the Church to a Global Cause (Conrad Mbewe)

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Registration Pricing

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Ends December 31, 2018


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Regular Registration

Beginning January 1, 2019


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Conference Venue Location

Grace Life Church of the Shoals

1915 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

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Phone:        800-565-7729
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