2014 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Don Carson

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson received the Bachelor of Science in chemistry from McGill University, the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He has written or edited about sixty books. He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two adult 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.

  • Alan Thompson - What is Biblical Theology and Why Is It Important?
  • Calvyn Jonker - You! You! You! Mission to Ethiopia
  • Dave Clancey – How the Gospel Forms our Gathered Worship
  • Lisa Moelker – The Gospel and Dirty Dishes: Living by Grace in Every Area of Our Lives
  • Nick Brennan – Praying with Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer as a Sketch of Christian Prayer
  • Owen Griffiths – The Early Missionary Movement in New Zealand
  • Q&A Panel – Here the Reformation Begins: A Practical Discussion on Family Worship (facilitated by William Chong)



Alan Thompson – Originally from Auckland, after studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Alan has been teaching New Testament at Sydney Missionary & Bible College for nearly 10 years. He is the author of The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus (New Studies in Biblical Theology, IVP, 2011). Married to Alayne with two daughters, Alan especially likes following Southampton Football Club and watching his two girls play netball. In his seminar he will give an overview of the study of biblical theology, and why it is important.


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Calvyn Jonker is the Pastor of Wanganui East Baptist Church in Wanganui, New Zealand. Calvyn studied at The Shepherd’s Bible College in Hastings, before serving as Associate Pastor at Howick Baptist Church from 2008 to 2010. He is married to Alice, and together they have two daughters. His hobbies include fishing, kayaking and aviation. Calvyn will be presenting a report from a recent missions trip to Waka, Ethiopia, and showing how God’s kingdom is being built in a way that we can only wonder at and give God all the glory for.



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 Dave’s 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.


Lisa Moelker

Lisa Moelker lives in Avondale, Auckland where her husband Peter serves as the pastor of the Reformed Church of Avondale. They have been richly blessed with seven children, aged 17 to 3. Lisa keeps busy managing their home and homeschooling their children but also loves spending time with their church family and providing leadership in areas of women’s Bible study, reformation celebrations, hospitality, and fellowship events. In her seminar, Lisa will look at how we as Christian women are to live by grace each moment – even in such seemingly mundane things as washing dishes or changing a nappy! We will look at how we can continue to apply the gospel to our lives after we have become a Christian and the different areas in our lives in which we are called to grow in grace. We will also talk about what happens when we forget the gospel and the Lord’s plan for keeping us from such forgetfulness.


Nick Brennan photo

Nick Brennan is originally from the UK, is married to Inge, a New Zealander, and they have two sons, Elijah and Micah. Nick did his theological training at Westminster Seminary California and now lives with the family in South Auckland where he is serving as a pastoral intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manurewa, Auckland. In Nick’s seminar, he will share how the Lord’s Prayer can be a helpful framework to shape our own prayers to God.



Owen Griffiths is an elder at Bays Baptist Church in Kohimarama, Auckland. He has enjoyed 44 years of wonderful married life with Kathleen. 2014 celebrates 200 years since the gospel was first declared in New Zealand, on a beach in Bay of Islands by Samuel Marsden in December 1814. The discovery some years ago of a tiny library study in the grounds of the CMS Mission at Tauranga built in 1842 by A.N. Brown, created a desire to find out more about the little-known impact of these early pioneer missionaries. Overlooked, dismissed as of little relevance and stereotyped as paving the way for colonial takeover – the real story of these courageous men with deep conviction in the sovereign purposes of God and their impact on the history and development of this nation needs to be recaptured.


William Chong is a medical writer by vocation, and oversees the gathered worship ministry at Howick Baptist Church in Auckland. He enjoys being a husband to Cheryl and dad to two lively daughters, Eden and Harmony. He is also the architect of many a failed time of bible reading, prayer and singing with the family.

In the same way we come together for a time of corporate worship in the church, families should come together for structured and spontaneous times of prayer, Scripture reading and singing — with hope that over time, God would use it to awaken the gospel in the next generation. William will facilitate a panel discussion with several parents to learn what they do and don’t do, the biblical convictions that drive them, their struggles, and how they persevere in leading their families to know and love Jesus. This discussion will be extremely practical for young adults, newly marrieds, and parents young and old.