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testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Dabney Olguin

“It truly was a privilege learning from Dr. Trueman concerning the Reformed confessional doctrine of Holy Scripture and the historical background, which led to those confessional statements. His lectures gave me new vigor to dig deeply into the all-important doctrine of Scripture even more. They as well gave me greater appreciation for the saints of the early church and the medieval period. Beside the wonderful lectures was the joy of being surrounded by brothers in the Lord, many of whom are ministers of the Word and many who are training to be. I look forward to returning to the next conference! Thank you to all who worked to put it together.”

Dabney Olguin

Student at Westminster Seminary California and IRBS

member of Christ Reformed Baptist Church, WI

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Nate Perkins

“I recently attended the SCRBPC in La Mirada, CA. I am not a pastor and also I am new to Reformed theology so to say I’m green is an understatement. Having said that, as a lay teacher, this conference was very appropriate. Trinity Reformed Baptist Church was a gracious host as the facilities were clean and comfortable. The speakers were engaging, well thought and, to my surprise, very approachable. The conference began with a timely session on the importance of Scripture by Dr. Trueman. So much could be said about just this lecture but there were 6 more sessions, not to mention the great Q&As. I appreciated Dr. Barcellos’ ‘Getting the Garden Right’ lecture, as it looked at the always interesting subject of hermeneutics. Dr. Trueman capped the conference with an inspiring and encouraging lecture on the theology of preaching. I must mention the food that was provided. The two meals were worth the conference fee in themselves. I would highly recommend this conference to anyone in leadership, and a must for those who lead/teach in a Reformed Baptist congregation.”

Nate Perkins

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Cameron Porter

“SCRBPC 2014 was excellent, in every way. Being a strong proponent of conferences containing theological instruction and content, and a strong objector to the modern trend in “leadership and vision” conferences, I was very pleasantly contented in the lectures given by all three men. Dr. Trueman’s lectures on the doctrine of Scripture from a historical perspective provided some great information, strengthening the understanding of the Protestant approach to authority, and the historical consistency of viewing the Scriptures as the only rule of faith. Dr. Renihan, as usual, opened up the confessional language in a way that only he can, providing a wonderfully in-depth explanation of the first statement of chapter one. Finally, Dr. Barcellos’ lecture on hermeneutics and the covenant of works was thorough, excellent, and very well-presented. His defense of the doctrine of the covenant of works, strengthened by his insistence that Christians employ the hermeneutics that the biblical authors themselves employed – even more, that God himself employed – is very needed in our day of doctrinal decline and acquiescence to faulty hermeneutics.

On a few different notes, the structure and schedule of the various sessions and breaks was perfect; the food was so good that I found myself wanting seconds, thirds, and fourths; and the fellowship with other like-minded brethren was heart-warming and refreshing. Knowing that “God alone is Lord of the conscience,” I cannot command anyone to register for next year’s conference, but I do strongly recommend it to anyone able to attend.”
Cameron Porter, Pastor

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Robert Cosby

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, from the thought-provoking and edifying sessions, to the excellent meals and fellowship. Dr. Trueman was very helpful in understanding the history and doctrine of Scripture, and Dr. Renihan really helped in the understanding our Confession. The hermeneutical guidance by Dr. Barcellos was also very edifying. If I can only go to one conference next year, it will be SCRBPC.”

Robert Cosby, Pastor

Tucson Reformed Baptist Church, Tucson, AZ

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Steven Gonzales

“This was my first year at the SCRBPC and I cannot express my gratitude enough for all the hard work put into this conference. The food was amazing and the host church, Trinity Reformed Baptist in La Mirada, CA, showed Christ-like hospitality. I was blessed by being able to see and talk to the men that I love and look up to in the ministry. Dr. Barcellos brought in top-notch teaching to the 2014 SCRBPC. With so many claiming to be “reformed” today, it was a blessing to have truly confessional Reformed men come together and teach us the great truths of the faith. Dr. Trueman taught four mind-stretching messages on the doctrine of Scripture that were edifying and faithful to the real meaning of sola Scriptura and the importance of the historical view of this topic. I have to say that Dr. Renihan’s message on Chapter 1 Paragraph 1 of the 1689 LBCF was one of my favorites. I always knew that there was a difference between the 1689 LBCF and WCF in chapter 1 paragraph 1; however, Dr. Renihan shed much light on the differences with great care and clarity. Dr. Barcellos gave an excellent message on the covenant of works: “Getting the Garden Right,” and showed us that if we get the garden wrong there will be consequences in our theology. His exhortation to read through the Scriptures often if we are going have good hermeneutics was well-taken and convicting. I was blessed to sit under the caliber of teaching at this year’s SCRBPC. SCRBPC will continue to deliver top-notch teaching in 2015 with Dr. James Dolezal lecturing on the second chapter of the 1689 LBCF on the doctrine of God. Unless providentially hindered, I will not miss it and you shouldn’t either!”

Steven Gonzales

Deacon, Grace Covenant Church, Gilbert, AZ

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Rob-roy Nelson

“Richard Barcellos and the team that generously serves in putting together the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference (SCRBPC) have succeeded in creating a special gem. So special that, by God’s grace, it is quickly becoming a must-attend annual event. The SCRBPC delivers top-notch speakers in a warm and welcoming church setting that is both unique and refreshing. Having attended the past few years, I can confidently affirm that this conference is God-centered, God-honoring, and God-glorifying. Conferences that combine the highest standard of biblical teaching, and a warm personal touch, are few and far between. My fellow elders and men from the congregation are making this a yearly staple on our calendars. I encourage you to do the same.”

Rob-roy Nelson

Grace Covenant Church

Gilbert, Arizona

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Curt Arend

“I would like to recommend the SCRBPC which is held each year around Reformation Day in Southern California. I have had the blessing of attending the 2012 and 2014 conferences. Both times were an immense blessing; both for my own soul and for my ministry as a pastor. This past conference was focused on the doctrine of Scripture and was very edifying and practical.  The lectures delivered by Drs. Trueman, Barcellos, and Renihan were full of meat, devotion and rich historical background, which has reinforced my strong, confessional stance of the Holy Scriptures being the only sufficient, infallible rule  of saving knowledge and faith. The fellowship and food were excellent as well. The conference is not for the faint in heart. Those used to “fluffy” shallow conferences will feel out of place. The only thing fluffy about this conference was Rich Barcellos’ jokes. 🙂 Seriously, mark your calendars now for next fall.”

 Pastor Curt Arend
 Grace Bible Church, San Diego, CA

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Jeff Lembke

“This was my first time attending the SCRBPC, and I plan on attending again in the future. I am not a pastor, but I found the conference to be a great opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy excellent fellowship, and receive excellent teaching from some of the best scholars the Reformed movement has to offer. The topic was timely and critically relevant. Each session was riveting and helpful. I’m looking forward to coming again next year and reconnecting with new friends.”

Jeff Lembke
Monroe, WA

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Chad Vegas

“The last two years the elders of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield have had the privilege of attending the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference. We have been deeply challenged by the teaching, encouraged by the warm welcome and hospitality we have received, and even been fed well. As a pastor, I look for opportunities like this to challenge my men to think and grow. I relish the chance to spend time with them reflecting on important truths of the faith. This conference provides such a great opportunity for that without breaking the bank. We hope to come and bring more men along each year.”

Pastor Chad Vegas

Sovereign Grace Church, Bakersfield, CA

Sovereign Grace Academy

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Ray Warwick, African Christian University

I was recently privileged to represent African Christian University at the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, CA. I had a wonderful time. In addition to seeing many dear, old friends and meeting several new friends, I was treated to warm and gracious hospitality by the hosting church. Dr. Carl Trueman gave four outstanding lectures on the doctrine of Scripture; they were both fascinating and enlightening. Drs. James Renihan and Richard Barcellos supported Dr. Trueman’s teaching with excellent lectures as well. I thank God for being permitted to attend this wonderful conference. Perhaps, someday, we can schedule a “repeat performance” at ACU in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.
Ray Warwick
Academic Dean