Theology Matters Conference - Oct 8-10th, 2024

Theology Matters Conference - Oct 8-10th, 2024

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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

Stephen Crocco

Retired Director of Yale University Divinity School Library.

Stephen Crocco recently retired from the position of Library Director at Yale University Divinity School. Prior to serving at Yale, he held similar positions at Princeton and Pittsburgh theological seminaries. Steve is an ordained PCUSA minister, has served as an interim pastor, and preaches regularly in PCUSA congregations. He is also a founding board member of the Theological Book Network.

Richard Gibbons

Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC

Richard Gibbons is a native of Scotland became the Senior Pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC in 2007. He holds joint honors in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology from the University of Glasgow and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Highland Theological College in Inverness, Scotland. He is married to Ruth (40 years) and they have one son, Michael. Richard was the Chaplain of the Day for the U.S. Senate in 2018, chaired the “World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians” (Washington DC) in May 2017, and was the plenary speaker for Presbyterian pastors in Egypt in 2019 and 2020. He served for four years as Chair of ECO Denomination’s Theology Task Force.

Jennifer Powell 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.

James Edwards

Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology at Whitworth University

James Edwards taught religion at the University of Jamestown, North Dakota for nearly twenty years, and theology at Whitworth for twenty years. His published works include commentaries on Romans, the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Is Jesus the Only Savior?, The Divine Intruder, and Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer. He is on the board of advisors of Theology Matters.

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.

Joseph D. Small

Former director of the P.C.U.S.A. Office of Theology and Worship

Joseph D. Small served as director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship from 1989-2011, following pastorates in Towson Maryland, Westerville Ohio, and Rochester New York. His extensive ecumenical theological engagements include ten years as co-chair of the international Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue. He currently serves on the Board of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.

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:

$250/Individual; $350/Couple

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

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