2013 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands. He was previously an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and served as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC).

Thabiti has a strong professional and academic background in community psychology, with special interests in the history and development of the African American church and reaching out to Muslim peoples. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University.

A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, Thabiti enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.


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Seminar Speakers

We have invited a range of speakers to address topics that challenge us to apply the gospel and its implications to our life and service.

  • Dave Clancey – More Than the Sermon: Using the Whole Church Service to Proclaim the Gospel
  • (updated) Joe Fleener – Learning to Read to the Glory of God
  • Gareth Jones – Community Evangelism
  • James de Costabadie – God’s Guidance Today
  • Kristie Anyabwile – God’s Good Design: Women’s Ministry in Complementarian Contexts
  • Rob Morton – The Gospel Gone Wrong: Sexual Abuse and the Church
  • Thabiti Anyabwile – Evangelism and Reaching Those From Different Religions
  • William Chong – Hymns: Roots and Wings for the Next Generation




Dave Clancey is the minister of St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Sydenham, Christchurch. Married to Amanda with three sons, Dave enjoys serving God’s people, reading, laughing, and practicing godliness through suffering (also known as golf).

For most evangelicals, the sermon is rightly the high-point of the Sunday meeting. But it isn’t the only thing that happens when we meet. In this seminar you will encouraged to think through how to construct an entire church service that serves the proclamation of the word, that God’s people might be led to hear and respond to God in all that happens.

  • Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dave will be unable to attend this year – Joe Fleener will present an alternative seminar.


Joe Fleener serves as Associate Pastor of Howick Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand. Joe received his theological training at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA, USA. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Ethics and Hebrew Exegesis/Ruth at Grace Theological College, and the Regional Trainer for BibleWorks in New Zealand. Joe is a full-time husband to Mandy, and father to one son and two daughters. As a family they enjoy music, many outdoor activities, reading, and learning more about God’s wonderful creation. Joe blogs about family and personal study at joefl.wordpress.com, and he is also a contributor to the gospel-focused kiwifruit blog.

His workshop at STAND will provide a Biblical basis for reading not just the Scriptures, but also literature in general. This workshop will help you think through why and how to read, even for those who find reading difficult.



Gareth Jones is married to Ali and has two kids Bethan (3) and Matthew Dafydd (1). He moved over from the UK in 2009 to work with Redeemer Grace Presbyterian Church in South Auckland. Gareth’s role involves working with children and young people in a variety of capacities. He enjoys playing and watching most sports, as well as being an avid Welsh rugby supporter (from the other side of the world).

Too often city churches are like work, places we commute to. The effect of this can be the local community to the church is bypassed because no one lives there. It can also lead to a homogeneous church rather than the diverse church that better reflects heavenly church. This seminar will look at how the church can be a central part of the community (however different it may seem from our way of life), and how we can use this to bring the gospel of hope into broken people’s lives. Examples will be drawn from both ends of the socio-economic scale.



James de Costabadie (Costa) was saved twenty years ago after being prodded to think by the only Christian he knew. He loves his wife Teresa, their 3 Kiwi children, St John’s Latimer Square, long cricket matches, long history books and preaching sermons (that are probably too long).

How can I know what God wants me to do? How can I make better decisions in life? How does God guide on the ordinary issues of life? These are the areas we will be looking at in this seminar, with many practical examples, as we seek to be disciples who make godly decisions.



Kristie Anyabwile is a wife, mother, and homemaker who loves leading Bible studies, discipling women, cooking, hospitality, reading, and long walks with her hubby. She lives in the Cayman Islands, where her husband Thabiti serves as senior pastor. They have been married almost 22 years and have three children by birth (ages 6, 13, and 15), and several adult “adopted” children that have become a part of their family. Kristie has degrees in History and African American Studies and blogs sporadically at www.iamconvinced.wordpress.com.

In her seminar, Kristie will explore biblical definitions for womanhood and complementarity, and discuss how these terms help us to determine women’s roles in ministry within the local church. As we explore some of the pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to pursue in women’s ministry, we will see that complementarity and biblical womanhood are joyful principles to embrace and not merely burdens to bear. These principles serve the entire body of Christ and allow women to thrive in their ministries within the church.



Rob Morton is the Associate Pastor of Hastings Baptist Church. He trained for ministry at Ridley Theological College, Melbourne. He is married to Adelle, with four children.

Sadly, many of us know someone who has been affected by sexual abuse. How should the church respond? What does the gospel have to do with it? Is there hope for victims, damaged churches, or even those who are guilty? Rob’s seminar will explore these difficult questions.


William Chong is a technical writer by vocation, and oversees the gathered worship ministry at Howick Baptist Church. He graduated from the University of Auckland with Bachelors degrees in both music and science, and holds an Associate Diploma in music performance from Trinity Guildhall in London. He is married to Cheryl, and together they have one (very lively) baby daughter.

The “worship wars” fought over the previous decades has led to a polarised view of music in the church. At the extremes, younger Christians tend to dismiss anything written before their generation as outdated musically and practically, while older Christians tend to cling to “the old hymns” with disdain for any attempt to alter them. In this seminar, we will examine the gospel-rehearsing value of hymns of the faith, their original intent to equip and encourage the next generation, and some practical ways for Christians of all ages to embrace hymns in a post-modern world.