Theologians on the Christian Life • Coinciding with Spring Preview Day


Dates: April 20-21, 2018

Friday, April 20 – 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Saturday, April 21 – 8:00AM – 1:00PM

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown Campus

720 13th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

It is our prayer in this event that the Lord would rekindle a passion in faithful students and laymen to gain a deeper understanding of what history has to teach us through theologians of past generations. We desire a new generation to learn from these theologians and understand the impact they have had on the church.

The conference will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. Friday evening will begin with an interview of John Piper by Justin Taylor on how biographies have shaped him and what theologians he would recommend we study. The conference will run Friday night 6:30PM – 9:30PM and Saturday 8:00AM – 1:00PM. The Bethlehem College & Seminary bookstore will be on site for attendees to find suggested resources and more to encourage and build them up in the faith.

This conference is free and open to the public, however we do ask that you register for planning and seating purposes. This event is sponsored by Crossway Publishing and coincides with Bethlehem Colleges & Seminary’s Spring Preview Day.


Friday, April 20

Doors and Bookstore open at 5:30pm

6:30PM: Interview, John Piper and Justin Taylor
7:45PM: Break
8:00PM: Spurgeon, Mike Reeves
8:45PM: Packer, Sam Storms

Saturday, April 21

8:00AM: Newton, Tony Reinke
8:45AM: Lloyd-Jones, Jason Meyer
9:30AM: Bonhoeffer, Steve Nichols
10:15AM: Coffee Break
10:45AM: Edwards, Dane Ortlund
11:30AM: Lewis, Joe Rigney



John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Munich (DTheol). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books. Over 30 years of his preaching and teaching are available free at John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.



Justin Taylor (moderator)

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Vice President of Book Publishing and Book Publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by The Gospel Coalition.




Jason Meyer

Jason Meyer is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Jason also serves as Bethlehem College & Seminary’s Associate Professor of Preaching. Jason holds an MDiv and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology and A Biblical Theology of Preaching. Jason and his wife, Cara, have four children.



Stephen Nichols

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier teaching fellow. Dr. Nichols has master’s degrees in theology and in philosophy, and he received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has written many books, including volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan EdwardsMartin Luther, and J. Gresham Machen. His recent books include Welcome to the StoryPeace: Classic Readings for Christmas, and A Time for Confidence. In addition, he hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.


Dane Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as Executive Vice President for Bible Publishing and Bible Publisher at Crossway. He is an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He and his wife, Stacey, live with their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.




Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England. He is the author of numerous books including Delighting in the TrinityRejoicing in ChristThe Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation and Theologians You Should Know, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.


 Tony Reinke

Tony Reinke is a non-profit journalist, Senior Writer at, and author of 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You (2017).





Joe Rigney

Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards. When he’s not teaching college and seminary students, he spends time enjoying his lovely wife, laughing with his two sons, reading medieval theology, playing flag football, and eating fish tacos. He is the author of Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles and The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.



Sam Storms

Sam has spent 42 years in ministry and in 2008 became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he currently serves. He has ministered in churches in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, & Missouri, and was Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, 2000-2004. Sam is founder and president of Enjoying God Ministries and regularly blogs at He has authored or edited 24 books and has published numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD). He and his wife Ann have been married for 44 years, are the parents of two grown daughters, and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball (and all other sports; there’s just not enough room to list them here!), books, movies, and anything to do with his beloved University of Oklahoma Sooners.


This conference is free and open to the public, however we do ask that you register for planning and seating purposes. This event is sponsored by Crossway Publishing and coincides with Bethlehem Colleges & Seminary’s Spring Preview Day.


Photo & Video Disclaimer

By attending this conference, you give Bethlehem College & Seminary permission to reproduce and use your image as recorded at this conference in Bethlehem College & Seminary resources and promotional materials.


Location & Parking

All these events will take place at Bethlehem Baptist Church – Downtown Campus:

720 13th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Parking is available in the main church lot or in the lot north of the church between 6th & 7th Streets.

For those arriving through the airport (Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MSP), transportation is available through Super Shuttle, taxi service, or the light rail.


Weekend Church Services at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown

Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 PM
Sunday, April 22 at 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM 

For more information about Bethlehem Baptist Church, please click here.



The following hotels are in downtown Minneapolis and all within a 20 minute walk or a five minute drive. Please note that we have not reserved a block of rooms, so please be sure to make early reservations.

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hyatt Place
425 7th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites
405 S. 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Holiday Inn Express
225 South 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403



Our Bethlehem College & Seminary Bookstore will sell many substantive titles at discounted prices. Don’t forget to budget for books!



Is there childcare available?

No, we are not able to facilitate childcare for any of the events on Friday or Saturday. However, there is an area outside the sanctuary with the audio/video streamed of the seminar for those with restless or crying children. There is also a nursing mother’s room located downstairs. (If you attend the church service on Saturday night or Sunday morning, the nurseries are open for childcare).


Do I need to register?

Yes! There is no cost for either the Preview Day or the Theologians of the Christian Life seminar, but we do ask that you register.

If you have other questions, please contact us at [email protected].