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Tuesday 8th  – Thursday 10th January

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE551AU


Bob Letham, Jonathan Worsley, David Campbell, Jonathan Bayes, Robert Strivens, Henry Dixon, Ann Benton

Over the 47 years of the Carey Conference we have considered many important themes, doctrines and practical issues as we have sought to apply Biblical principles to life and ministry, especially from a reformed baptist perspective. But this year our particular focus is on God Himself. Our theme is “Knowing God”. Bob Letham will lead us in our studies on Knowing the Triune God; this is important not only because it is a glorious subject, but also because if we are in error here, it will have serious implications for the Gospel and Christian life. Then others will help us to consider how we relate to God personally and corporately, in worship, in prayer, in godly living, and zeal for His glory. Ann Benton will be leading the women’s track. 2019 is the 400 th anniversary of the Canons of Dort; Robert Strivens will help us to see how these are still relevant and point us to the glory of God in salvation.

Please plan to join us this year; all who are involved in Christian ministry are welcome. Please pray that the Lord would meet with us; that we would not just learn of Him, but know the reality of His presence and blessing. We look forward to being spiritually refreshed and reinvigorated for ministry in the New Year.

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Bob Letham

Dr Bob Letham is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Union School ofTheology, and Fellow in Theology and History of the Greystone Institute.  He has twenty-five years pastoral experience, seventeen of which were as Senior Minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, in the OPC.

He has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Reformed Seminary, Washington, DC, and London Bible College (now LST). His books include The Work of Christ, The Holy Trinity (second edition due in 2019), The Westminster Assembly, and Union with Christ. His Systematic Theology is due for release in 2019 by Crossway

Knowing the Triune God

In three sessions we will look at:

  1. From Biblical foundations to doctrinal formulation
  2. The trinity, creation, and the world around us
  3. The Trinity, redemption, and worship

Jonathan Worsley

Jonathan is currently the pastor of Kew Baptist Church in South-West London, and Assistant Editor of Evangelicals Now. He formerly worked at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and is a regular writer and speaker for 9Marks ministries.

Heavenly Worship
We know that we worship God in all of life, but where then is the place for “services” of worship?   What does it mean to worship with both reverence and joy?  How can our services be a foretaste of heavenly worship

David Campbell

David Campbell was pastor of Geneva Road Baptist Church, Darlington, and then Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, before taking up his current ministry as Pastor of North Preston Evangelical Church in December 2016. He is the author of several books includingOpening up Galatians, and Handle that New Call with Care.

The Beauty of Holiness
Holiness is indispensable to knowing God who is the Lord.  More than that, we are to see and love the beauty of holiness, and desire to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Jonthan Bayes

Jonathan Bayes spent just over 25 years in pastoral ministry before becoming UK Director of Carey Outreach Ministries in 2008. Since then he has been involved in teaching and training pastors in the Far East and in producing study resources for Carey’s students across the world. He has authored seven books.

Zeal for God’s Glory
Knowing God is not only a matter for personal experience; rather we are to be caught up with a vision for the extension of His Kingdom in the world.  We are to be zealous for His glory amongst all peoples.


Robert Strivens

Dr Robert Strivens is pastor of Bradford on Avon Baptist Church. He lectures in church history at London Seminary, speaks occasionally at fraternals and conferences and has a blog, ‘Through the Wilds of the Desert’

Why should Baptists care about Dort?
The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dort, which supplied a theological and ecclesial response to the increasingly popular teaching of Arminius. They continue to be important in defending Biblical truth, and nurture our souls in godliness.


Henry Dixon

Henry Dixon has been a pastor at Poplar Baptist Church, East London, for the last 34 years.  He is married to Vicky, and they have eleven children, five of whom are married, and six of whom are still living at home.”

The Holy Spirit and Prayer
A personal relationship involves two way communication.  We speak to God as we pray to him.  God speaks to us primarily through his Word, the Bible, but should we expect God to speak to us directly by means of the Holy Spirit?  Can we know the will of God for particular matters?   What is the ministry of the Spirit in prayer?


Ann Benton

Ann Benton comes from Guildford, Surrey where she and her husband John have lived since 1980. At different seasons of her life she has been primary school teacher, mother at home, pastor’s wife, carer of elderly parents, author and occasional conference speaker. These days she continues her writing, in addition to supporting John when required in his role at the Pastors’ Academy.


Tuesday 8th January

Registration from 13.30 to 14.30
13.00 Lunch (if pre-booked)
14.30 Jonthan Worsley – Worship
16.00 Tea
16.30 Bob Letham 1
18.30 Evening Meal
20.00 David Campbell – Holiness

Wednesday 9th January

07.45 Prayer
08.30 Breakfast
09.30 Robert Strivens – Dort /
Ann Benton – Women’s Track
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Bob Letham 2
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Free Time
16.00 Tea
16.30 Q&A
18.30 Evening Meal
20.00 Henry Dixon – Prayer /
Ann Benton – Women’s Track

Thursday 10th January

07.45 Prayer
08.30 Breakfast
09.30 Bob Letham 3
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Jonathan Bayes – Zeal
13.00 Lunch and Depart


The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE551AU
Tel: 01773 526000


You can book and pay online or by sending payment cheques payable to ‘Carey Conference’ to:

Lois Collier, The Manse, 47 Long Street, Great Ellingham, Norfolk NR17 1LN

Costs: Full Conference £165, Bible college Students £120 (Additional lunch on arrival £7) Day visitors are also welcome.

For more information you can contact us by email: or by phone 01953 453347


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