Cedarville University 9Marks Pastor Conference Discipleship and Growth

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Discipleship and Growth

Presented by Cedarville University and 9Marks Ministries

Thank you for your interest in the Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks. This year's conference, November 6-7, theme is "Discipleship & Growth" from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church. The focus is that Scripture teaches that a live Christian is a growing Christian (2 Pet. 1:8-10). Scripture also teaches that we grow not only by instruction but by imitation (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1). Therefore churches should exhort their members to both to grow in holiness and help others do the same. The conference sessions will focus on 3 key questions: What is it? Where is it in the Bible? and Why is it important?

We are pleased that Dr. Mark Dever will be one of our featured speakers. Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dr. Dever has also authored several books and articles. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Joining Dr. Dever in speaking will be Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church; Brian Davis, Pastor at Risen Christ Fellowship; and Jared Wilson, Managing Editor of For The Church at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They will be joined by Cedarville's Interim Director, Center for Biblical Integration, and Assistant Professor of Theology, Jeremy Kimble, and the Vice President of Student Life and Christian Ministries, Jon Wood. Join with pastors and ministry leaders from around the region as we focus on this critical issue.

Conference Mission Statement

Through biblical teaching and fellowship, the Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks will challenge, strengthen, and encourage ministry leaders as they serve their church and community.

9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches.

Event Information

Who: For Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Church Ministry Leaders seeking to have a church with a biblical understanding of the gospel and its implications for ministry and outreach.

When: November 6-7, 2018 – Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the Stevens Student Center Lobby

Where: Cedarville University – Sessions will be located in our Devries Theatre in the Stevens Student Center and our Jeremiah Chapel in the Dixon Ministry Center.


  • Regular Registration from September 9 through October 30: $80
  • Alumni Registration: $60
  • Student Registration: $20
  • Walk-up Registration after October 30: $90

Registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and conference materials.


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Mark Dever

Mark serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Dr. Dever holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dr. Dever has authored several books and articles, most recently, Discipling, The Compelling Community and The Church: The Gospel Made Visible. Earlier books include What is a Healthy Church?, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, The Deliberate Church, Promises Kept: The Message of the New Testament, and Promises Made: The Message of the Old Testament. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill, with Connie giving much of her time to creating a childrens’ curriculum (PraiseFactory). They have two adult children.

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Garret Kell

Garrett Kell is the lead pastor of the Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia. Garrett grew up in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech, where he came to know the Lord through the witness of a friend and the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He has previously served as evangelism pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas; senior pastor at Graham Bible Church in Graham, Texas; and on staff with Capitol Hill Baptist Church, who helped place him with Del Ray Baptist Church. Garrett earned his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Brian Davis

Brian Davis is a Detroit native and moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and has since considered it home.  Since his conversion, he has desired to help establish a healthy church in an inner-city context, which eventually led to his being a part of Risen Christ Fellowship. He previously completed a church planting internship at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

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Jeremy Kimble

Dr. Jeremy Kimble is Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University. His hope is that through his courses, students will seek to love God and others, rightly understand the grand narrative of Scripture and apply theological truths to everyday life. He previously served in pastoral ministry for eight years and has served as an elder and teacher at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville. He also has the opportunity to speak at various camps and conferences throughout the year. Jeremy's research interests include ecclesiology, biblical and systematic theology, Christian worldview, biblical ethics, and the theology of Jonathan Edwards.


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Jared Wilson

Jared Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy and Managing Editor of For The Church at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including The Pastor’s Justification and Supernatural Power for Everyday People.

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Jon Wood

Dr. Jon Wood serves as Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries at Cedarville University. Jon’s passion is to know, love, and glorify God and to make multiplying disciples to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His desire is to fulfill the Great Commission through equipping university students to make disciples for the rest of their lives. Jon received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also received his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology with a focus in the doctrine of Scripture, hermeneutics, and cultural engagement from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bruce Aubrey

Bruce Aubrey

Bruce Aubrey has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Northside Church in Liverpool, New York for 25 years. He is an avid Syracuse Orange fan and loves to golf. Bruce has a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University. ‘My life mission is to inspire people to know Jesus. I was saved at the age of 14, called to pastoral ministry at the age of 17, and have served on church staffs for just over 40 years.’
Born in Malone, New York, Bruce grew up on a dairy farm. He is married to Kathy, and they have four children and nine grandchildren. Bruce has a heart for missions having preached in Brazil, Venezuala, Nicaragua, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, and the Philippines.

Bob Johnson II

Bob Johnson II

Bob has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville, MI. since 1989. He has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (1997). “I believe that our greatest need is to know Christ. I also believe that Christ is made known all through the Bible. Therefore, I absolutely love to preach about the glories of Christ and the Gospel which God has set on display in the Scriptures and point people to find their complete satisfaction in Him." Born in Canton, Ohio in 1960, Bob is a life-long Buckeyes fan, for which he deservedly endures immeasurable abuse. He is married to the love of his life, Cathi (a Detroit girl), and they have three children, Bobby (married to Taylor), Rebecca (married to Stephen McGee), and Arianna (an officer in the Army).

Cedarville University Pastors Conference Schedule - November 6-7, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • 8-8:45 a.m. Conference Check-in 
    • Coffee Reception Sponsored by Church Relations
  • 8:45-9:50 a.m. Conference Welcome and Overview, Mark Dever - "Conference Overview: What is Discipleship and Growth?"
  • 10-10:50 a.m. Session Jared Wilson - "Gospel-Powered Discipleship"
  • 11:10-12 p.m. Session Brian Davis - "Disciples of the Word" Matt 28:20 
  • 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Pre-Registered Required)
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m. Round-table Discussion Kell, Wilson, Bob Johnson, Bruce Aubrey - Engaging Issues in Pastoral Leadership
  • 2-2:50 p.m. Session Garrett Kell - "Creating a Culture of Holiness In Your Church" 
  • 2:50-3:10 p.m. Coffee break
  • 3:10-4 p.m. Session Jon Wood - "Discipleship through Difficulty: How a Culture of Biblical Counsel Bears the Fruit of Multiplication" 
  • 4-6:30 p.m. Dinner Break
  • 5-6:15 p.m. Dinner (Pre-Registration Required) 
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Session Mark Dever - "The Local Church as the Right Context for Discipling" Heb 10:24-25
  • 7:30-8:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  • 8-8:45 a.m. Conference check-in 
    • Coffee Reception Sponsered by Church Relations
  • 8:45-9:45 a.m. Session Jeremy Kimble - "Imitate me as I am Imitate Christ: The Need for Godly Character in the Task of Discipleship." 
  • 10-10:50 a.m. Session Mark Dever - "The Basics of Discipleship: Avoid Temptation" Prov. 7 
  • 11:15-12 p.m. Speaker / Panel Q&A 

The 9Marks of a Healthy Church

  1. Expositional Preaching–An expositional sermon takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
  2. Biblical Theology–Biblical theology is sound doctrine; it is right thoughts about God; it is belief that accords with Scripture.
  3. A Biblical Understanding of the Gospel–A biblical understanding of the gospel is important because the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, and it is the only way for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy God.
  4. A Biblical Understanding of Conversion–A biblical understanding of conversion recognizes both what God does and what people do in salvation.
  5. A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism–Evangelism is simply telling non-Christians the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to save sinners.
  6. Biblical Church Membership–According to the Bible, church membership is a commitment every Christian should make to attend, love, serve, and submit to a local church.
  7. Biblical Church Discipline–In the broadest sense, church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin. Preaching, teaching, prayer, corporate worship, accountability relationships, and godly oversight by pastors and elders are all forms of discipline.
  8. Biblical Discipleship and Growth–Scripture teaches that a live Christian is a growing Christian (2 Pet. 1:8-10). Scripture also teaches that we grow not only by instruction, but by imitation (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1). Therefore churches should exhort their members to both grow in holiness and help others do the same.
  9. Biblical Church Leadership
  10. –The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders.


Contact Us

For additional information about Cedarville University Pastors Conference, please contact Loren Kuhn.

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251 North Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314

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1-877-CEDARVILLE (233-2784)

Email: lmkuhn@cedarville.edu

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