Living in the Power of Jesus Christ From Generation to Generation

October 5th-7th, 2021

We are so pleased to announce our next Theology Matters Conference. Please, take the time to view the program below, as well as register your intent to attend. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Our conference begins at 4pm, with the program beginning at 7pm on Tuesday, October 5th and our conference will end by 3 pm on Thursday, October 7th

Guest Speakers

John Azumah

Executive Director of The Sanneh Institute

John Azumah is a Presbyterian pastor, preacher, evangelist, professor of theology at the University of Ghana, and author of many books and articles. After serving from 2011 to 2019 as Professor of World Christianity & Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, he is now the founding executive director of The Sanneh Institute, Ghana, and serves as visiting professor at Yale Divinity School and presidential visiting fellow at Yale University.

Richard Gibbons

Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC

Richard Gibbons is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC. A native of Scotland and graduate of the University of Glasgow, he is a much sought after preacher and teacher of the Bible and Reformed theology, has led missions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and currently serves as co-moderator on the ECO denomination’s Theological Task Force.

Jennifer McNutt

Franklin Dyrness Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College

Jennifer Powell McNutt is the Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. She is author of the award-winning book, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685–1798, a specialist in the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, and a Fellow in the Royal Historical Society. Rev. Dr. McNutt is also an ordained minister in the PCUSA, co-president of McNuttshell Ministries, Inc. with her husband, David McNutt, with whom she also serves as a parish associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. They have three lovely children.

Earl Palmer

Founder of Earl Palmer Ministries

Earl Palmer has served in pastoral ministries at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA, Union Church in Manila, Philippines, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, CA, and The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. He has authored many books and commentaries, leads Earl Palmer Ministries, a vibrant writing, teaching, preaching, and mentoring ministry, and has been called “the best expository preacher in America of our times.”

Richard Ray

Chairman of the Board of the Presbyterian Heritage Center

Richard Ray is chairman of the board of the Presbyterian Heritage Center, Montreat, NC. He has served as a pastor in Arkansas, Virginia, and Tennessee, managing director of John Knox Press, professor at Stephens College and Pittsburgh Seminary, and most recently as president of King University, Bristol, TN. He has also served on the board of the Grandfather Home for Children, Calvin Studies Society, King University, and is on the board of advisors of Theology Matters.

Lorenzo Small

Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

Lorenzo Small is pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. After several years in the corporate world, working for companies such as 3M Corporation and Eli Lily and Company, he was called to the ministry, served as a Baptist minister, and later was ordained and installed as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, SC. He is a graduate of Union Presbytery Seminary (Charlotte) and a member of the Foundation for Reformed Theology.

Jeffrey Bullock

President of the University of Dubuque

Jeffrey Bullock has been President of the University of Dubuque, college and theological seminary, since 1998. He holds the faculty position of Professor of Hermeneutics and Homiletics. As a Presbyterian minister, Bullock focused on congregational revitalization, serving churches in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Seattle, WA. As President of the University, he has lead a Transformation that has resulted in growing the endowment by nearly $250 million, $300 million in new and renovated buildings, and enrollment growth that has quadrupled the size of the University. He is an active blogger on the topic of leadership (, and he has published numerous articles and lectures. His book, Preaching with a Cupped Ear: Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics as Post-Modern World, was published in 1998.

Todd Billings

Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary

Todd Billings is the Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. After serving as an elder in the PCUSA while a doctoral student at Harvard, he later became an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of six books, including Union with Christ (winner of a Christianity Today Book Award), and most recently, The End of the Christian Life.

The Venue and More Information

Providence Presbyterian Church | Hilton Head Island

We are returning to Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island in beautiful South Carolina.
For those flying in, the closest airports to the conference are Hilton Head, SC or Savannah, GA.


The rates for attending the conference are:

$200/Individual; $300/Couple – By July 1, 2021

$250/Individual; $350/Couple – After July 1, 2021

Registration includes: two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner on Wednesday

Refund Policy: Cancellations are subject to a $25 service fee. If cancelling by Jan. 1, a full refund minus the service fee will be received. For cancellation made between Sept.1 and Sept. 30, a 50% refund will be made. No refunds will be made after Oct. 1. All requests must be made in writing.


Please make your reservations at any of the hotels listed below and inform them you are registered for our Theology Matters Conference, Group Code: TMC

Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Head Island, SC – To Book Your Rooms, call (843) 842-6662 or use the Booking Link provided here. Please make your reservations under the group code: TMC ($79, across the street from the beach).

Beach House, Holiday Inn Resort – To Book Your Rooms, use the Booking Link provided here or call 855-433-0341. Please make your reservations under the group code: TMC ($129, on the beach).

Conference Registration

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If you have chosen to pay by check – please choose the correct payment rate at the time of postage and make the check payable to Theology Matters Conference.

Send all checks to:

Theology Matters, P.O. Box 50026, Greenwood, SC 29649

Your registration will be complete once payment is confirmed, thank you!

To register by telephone or for more information, please call 864-378-5416 or email us