ekklesia exists to instruct Christians in the inseparable truths of Christ’s church and His gospel. Our desire is that believers would passionately serve and commit to the advancement of those realities with lifelong conviction.



Jon Anderson

Jon received a BS in Bible/Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.  He received a Masters of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA.  During seminary, he led an on-campus ministry at USC for Grace Community Church. Jon has served as a pastor at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, FL for the past…

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Rick Holland

Rick Holland is the Pastor/Teacher for Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. His writings include journal articles on the topics of homiletics and ethics.  He wrote Uneclipsing the Son, and has contributed to Right Thinking in A World Gone Wrong (2009), Fool’s Gold: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error (2005), and Five Paths to the…

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Phil Johnson

Phil is the executive Director of Grace to You, a Christian tape and radio ministry featuring the preaching ministry of John MacArthur. He is also a board member of The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust in England, and a member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE). Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from…

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Paul Lamey

As an elder, Paul devotes his primary attention to the preaching ministry of the church and training leaders. He is the lead pastor for the Huntsville campus of The Expositors Seminary serving as faculty member and with the board of trustees. Paul completed his formal training at The University of Mobile (B.A.) and The Master’s…

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Matt Waymeyer

After graduating from The Master’s Seminary and being ordained at Grace Community Church in 2003, Matt became the pastor of Community Bible Church in Vista, California, where he served for the next seven years. Matt began teaching as an adjunct professor at TMS in 2010, and from 2011 to 2015 he taught there full-time as…

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Jerry Wragg

Jerry has served as Senior Pastor at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Florida, since 2001. Prior to his ministry in Florida, Jerry served for many years as Sr. Associate Pastor and Personal Assistant to Dr. John MacArthur at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA. He serves as Board Chairman and a faculty member of…

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Smedly Yates

Smedly has served as a pastor and elder at Grace Bible Church, Tempe, Arizona, since March of 2008. He enjoys teaching hermeneutics, and the biblical languages in the leadership development and pastoral training for Grace Bible Church. His book, Wait: Waiting on God in a World that Doesn’t, was published earlier this year. Prior to serving in…

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Pre-Conference Schedule


Note: the pre-conference is for pastors and church leaders only. You can read about it here. For registration info, visit the conference registration page.


  • 5:30-6:00 Welcome and Registration
  • 6:00-7:30 Dinner and Opening Charge
  • 7:30-8:30 Fellowship/Free Time


  • 7:30-8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15a Session 1

    Jerry Wragg – “Elder Conflict— How to Prevent It”

  • 10:45-11:45 Forum Discussion
  • 12-1:30p Lunch


  • 1:45-3:15p Session 2

    Jerry Wragg – “Elder Conflict— How to Resolve It”

  • 3:45-4:45p Forum Discussion
  • 5:00-6:30p Newton Concert
  • 6:30-7:30p Dinner
  • 7:30-9:30 Session 3: Evening of Fellowship


  • 7:30-8:30a Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15a Session 4

    Jerry Wragg – “Elder Defection: Shepherding Your Church”

  • 10:45-11:45a Forum Discussion
  • Break for Ekklesia

Ekklesia Conference Schedule


  • 6:00-7:00p Registration

    Check-in is in the church lobby for all online registrants. We’ll be accepting walk-in registrations if there’s space remaining in overflow.

  • 7:30-9:00p Session 1

    Speaker: Jerry Wragg
    “Distance Soul-Care: The Limits and
    Dangers of Digital Shepherding”

  • 9:00-10:00p Coffee and Dessert

    …in the Fellowship Hall


  • 8:00-8:45a Breakfast

    …in the Fellowship Hall

  • 9:00-10:15a Session 2

    Speaker: Jon Anderson
    “Discerning God’s Voice: Puppets of
    Popularity or Preachers of the Word”

  • 10:15-11a Refreshments
  • 11:00-12:15p Session 3

    Session 3: Rick Holland
    “Responding to God’s Voice: The
    Listener and Preacher”

  • 3:30-4:45p Session 4

    Session 4: Paul Lamey
    “Qualifications for Church Influence”

  • 5:00-6:30p Session 5

    Panel discussion

  • 6:30-7:30p Dinner

  • 7:30-9:00p Session 6

    Session 6: Phil Johnson
    “Celebrity Pastors: What Makes Us


  • 9:00-10:15a Session 7

    Session 7: Matthew Waymeyer
    “A Shepherd After God’s Own Heart: What to Look for in a Pastor”
    This is a regular Sunday service at Grace Immanuel. Registration badge is not required, but seating will be at a premium.

  • 10:15-10:45a Refreshments

  • 10:45-12:15p Session 8

    Session 8: Smedly Yates
    “Sheepology: What are Your Responsibilities Towards Shepherds?”
    This is a regular Sunday service at Grace Immanuel. Registration badge is not required, but seating will be at a premium.

  • 3:00P Session 9

    Session 9: Jerry Wragg
    “Senses Trained: How Sheep Learn to Spot a Wolf”
    The final session of Ekklesia each year is a baptism service, which is a powerful and fitting conclusion to the conference. Registration is not required, and seating in the main sanctuary is usually available to all attendees.



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