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Torrey Memorial Bible Conference

October 2018 • Chase Gymnasium

    • October 10-12, 2018
  • Chase Gymnasium

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.


Torrey Conference 2018 Theme


In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” (Matthew 3:1-3)

When a phrase appears well over 100 times in the New Testament and often from the mouth of Jesus himself, it is something to which we ought to pay attention. Such is the phrase, the kingdom of God and its synonymous term, the kingdom of heaven. Although John the Baptist and Jesus after him says the Kingdom of God has come near (Matt. 3:2), is indeed among us, it is not visible in the usual ways.

It is a secret that has been revealed (Mk. 4:11) and good news that has been proclaimed (Mk. 1:14). You cannot be born into such a kingdom, unless you are born “from above” (Jn. 3:3). It is not something whose structures we erect, but which spreads like seeds in the wind (Mk. 4:26ff). One need not be wealthy or well-placed to enjoy its privileges; it’s tables and festivals are open to all (the poor and those who mourn are its special guests, Lk. 14:13). It is in conflict with other kings and kingdoms, but refuses to do battle with flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12).

One’s citizenship is not verified by papers, but by righteousness (I Cor. 6:10). Unlike the “Magic Kingdom,” one cannot pay to enter “The Kingdom of God,” although here, too, it is children who lead the way (Mk. 10:14). It is entered not through gates but through a person. The directions from John the Baptist in Matt. 3:1-3 are simple enough: find the King (”he who was spoken of”); turn toward him (”repent”); and walk in his ways (”make straight paths”).

The King.

The Turn.

The Way.

In this 83rd annual Torrey Memorial Bible Conference, we will pay attention to just these things: the King, the Turn, and the Way. We will enter and explore the Kingdom of God through the special revelation God himself has given us. We will come to know the King better. We will turn to Him, above all others. And we will learn his ways.

Welcome to the Kingdom.


Questions?

Contact Spiritual Development at:
(562) 777-4041
spiritual.development@biola.edu



Browse Related

All sessions and breakouts are for 1 conference credit unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, October 10

9:30-11 a.m.

Main Session #1
Chase Gymnasium, Crowell, Sutherland, Calvary, Mayers
Speakers:

  • Jon LundeA Most Important Word
    “What is our Torrey theme’s most important word?” In this session, each word of our 2018 Torrey theme will be examined to discover the urgency and enablement of Jesus’ command to us today. Sometimes the most important word appears to be the least.
  • Karen A. EllisThe Kingdom: A Storied People, with a Purpose
    Can the entire story of the Bible be summed up in one sentence? Is there one story that not only defines the sweet by-and-by, but also informs the nasty-now-and-now? Be encouraged as K.A. Ellis looks at the great Covenant promise that defines our identity and purpose - from rocky beginning, to glorious end.

Artists: DJ Promote, Ritchie Kong
Worship Teams:

  • For All Seasons - Pop/Rock (Gym)
  • In The Fire - Contemporary Gospel (Sutherland)
  • Justin Sinclair (Brother James) and friends - Orchestral (Crowell)
  • Kayton Garcia, Tiffany Santillan, Yasmine Garcia - Bilingual Spanish (Calvary)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch

1-2 p.m.

Breakout A
For all locations and topics, please view Breakouts.

2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Breakout B
For all locations and topics, please view Breakouts.

4-5 p.m.
Breakout C
For all locations and topics, please view Breakouts.

5-7 p.m.

Dinner

Optional: GRIT Afterthoughts at 5:30 p.m.
Women and men are invited to come have a conversation about Grace Cho's breakout session on Ezer Kenegdo: Women, Men and Leadership in God's Kingdom. Grab your dinner at the cafe (or bring your own) and join us in the Cafe Banquet Room for some good dialogue about women and men in leadership for the sake of God's kingdom. Dessert provided!

7-8:30 p.m.

Main Session #2
Chase Gymnasium, Crowell, Sutherland, Calvary, Mayers
Speakers:

  • Karen A. EllisAnticipating the Kingdom: Dwelling in Wisdom’s House
    Proverbs 8 and 9 detail two dwelling places where we can spend our lives as we anticipate the Kingdom that is to come - Wisdom’s house, or the house of Folly. In whose house will you dwell?
  • Gabriel SalgueroWhat time is it?: Always Christmas!
    We will develop a kingdom optic of hope in the midst of visions of despair, fear, and alienation. This session will draw deeply from Scripture and The Chronicles Of Narnia.

Testimony: André Murillo
Artists: DJ Promote, Propaganda, Ritchie Kong
Worship Teams:

  • For All Seasons - Pop/Rock (Gym)
  • In The Fire - Contemporary Gospel (Sutherland)
  • Justin Sinclair and friends - Orchestral (Crowell)
  • Kayton Garcia, Tiffany Santillan, Yasmine Garcia - Bilingual Spanish (Calvary)
8:30-10 p.m.

Festival (NO CREDIT)
Fireplace Pavilion
Music: DJ Promote, Adam Cruz, Propaganda
Artist: Ritchie Kong
Food: TBD

Thursday, October 11

9:30-11 a.m.

Main Session #3
Chase Gymnasium
Speakers:

  • Gabriel SalgueroRe-imagine: See me
    We will challenge ourselves to go beyond myopia that does not us to see each other and the "imago-Dei” in all of us. We will develop new visions of kingdom relationships.
  • Carol KaminskiFacing life’s challenges with a kingdom perspective: Lessons from King Jehoshaphat
    We will learn from King Jehoshaphat and discuss the characteristics of those living in the kingdom of God.

Artists: DJ Efechto, Team Millennia, Ritchie Kong
Worship Team: For All Seasons

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch

1-3:30 p.m.

Main Session #4 (2 credits)
Chase Gymnasium
Screening: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Panel discussion with Tim Muehlhoff (moderator), Christina Lee-Kim, Dean Yamada and Lisa Igram

3:30-7 p.m.

Dinner

7-9 p.m.

Main Session #5 (2 credits)
Chase Gymnasium
Speakers:

  • Carol Kaminski“If my people will humble themselves and pray”: Cultivating kingdom principles amid a culture of media saturation
    We will focus on humility, prayer, repentance, and seeking God's face.
  • Jon LundeAn Alternative Word
    “Can we restate our Torrey theme in different words?” In this session we will not only discover that we can, but that in doing so we will recover our original destiny as humans.

Artists: DJ Efechto, Ritchie Kong
Extended worship with For All Seasons

Friday, October 12

9:30--10:30 a.m. Main Session #6
Calvary Chapel
Speaker: Todd Pickett
Worship: Amir Girgis

Plenary Speakers

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Carol Kaminski

Carol M. Kaminski has taught Old Testament and Hebrew language courses at the Boston and South Hamilton campuses of Gordon-Conwell since joining the seminary faculty in 2002. She is a member of the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. Her dissertation has been published by T&T Clark, entitled From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood, and recently published Was Noah Good? Finding Favor in the Flood Narrative, which examines the role of divine favor in the flood story. Originally from Australia, Kaminski holds an M.A. in Old Testament and an M.A.in Religion from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include exegesis and theology of Genesis, Old Testament covenants and the meta-narrative of the Old Testament. Kaminski and her husband Matt have two children, Robert and Ryan.

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Gabriel Salguero

Rev. Gabriel Salguero and his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero are the co-teaching pastors of the multicultural Calvario Communiity Church in Orlando, Fla.

Rev. Salguero is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). For his ministry and outreach, he has been featured on CNN, CNN-Español, Telemundo, and the Associated Press. He previously served as the Director of the Institute of Faith and Public Life and Hispanic Leadership Programs at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Salguero is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and Spanish. A member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He also has an M.Div. (magna cum laude) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and did Ph.D. work in Christian Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Salguero also received a Doctor in Divinity (honoris causa) from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.

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Jon Lunde

Jonathan Lunde's main interests lie in the study of Jesus, both as he is presented in the gospels and in the more specialized Historical Jesus field. He also enjoys studying how the writers of the New Testament use the Old Testament. Prior to coming to Talbot, he taught for seven years at Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill., and also has local church ministry experience. His passion is to present Jesus to his students in such a way that they personally respond to him as their Suffering Servant and as their King.

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Karen Ellis

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. In 2017, she was named Robert Cannada Fellow for World Christianity by Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), where she co-leads the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity on the Atlanta campus. Ellis holds a Master of Art in Religion (MAR Theological) from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the Yale School of Drama, and is a Ph.D. candidate in missiology at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England.


Breakout Speakers

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Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez serves as the interim executive pastor of ministries at Whittier Area Community Church. She is passionate about the work of the local church and is excited for the ways that God chooses to use His church to bring the good news of His Kingdom to the world. Christian has had a career path characteristic of millennials. She has gone from being a TV news producer for an ABC TV Station to being a middle school teacher to being a junior high pastor to now serving in executive ministries at her church. She graduated from the University of Southern California with her bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism and is currently in the process of earning her M.Div. from the Institute of Spiritual Formation at Talbot.

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Daniel Parham

Daniel Parham is the assistant director of undergraduate retention and success at Biola University. He received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola in 2013 and his M.A. in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology in 2018. Daniel has served in ministry since 2013. He is currently an Elder at Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ in Long Beach, California. A particular maritime nerd, Daniel has a particular interest in the history of the Titanic, from its building to the fatal sinking in 1912.

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David Newman

David Newman is the chaplain at the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row and pastor at Neighborhood Life Church in La Mirada. He is married to Briana Newman (Best Friend and Personal Nurse), has 2 Boston Terriers, and 1 miracle cat. He loves listening, serving, and sharing with others the love and forgiveness Jesus Christ has constantly shown him.

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Grace P. Cho

Grace P. Cho is a writer and editorial manager at (in)courage, an online community aimed to connect, empower, and serve Christian women. In the middle of her years in church ministry, she sensed God moving her toward writing, to use her words to lead others in a broader context. Aside from her work online, she does this through speaking, group discipleship, and one-on-one mentoring. Grace and her husband, James, live in Orange County with their two kids, Autumn and Peter. You can learn more about Grace at gracepcho.com.

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Heather Martin

Heather Martin grew up in Colorado and came to California to study at Biola. After completing her degree in intercultural studies she started working in the field of career development. Although it wasn't originally how she planned to utilize her ICS degree, she quickly learned that serving people in this way was a great match for her skills and passions. She has been working in the career services field for 11 years for organizations in social services, trade schools, and higher education. Her current role is with Biola's Career Center where she serves as assistant director of career exploration and experience. In this role, she serves students who are exploring potential career and major pathways by helping students develop awareness of their skills, interests, personality, strengths and values. Heather has a husband of 10 years and two young children.

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Jason Miller

Jason Miller has served in church, para-church, and Christian university settings over the last 20 years. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for both Talbot and Biola classes while finishing his Ph.D. focused on Christian leadership. He and his wife, Brooke, also run Home4Good, a charitable based real estate program that wants to see the world’s orphans come home. A fan of all things mountain-related, ice cream, and adventures with his wife, Jason brings a winsome and warm perspective to how our theological perspectives should shape our daily activities. Also, he thinks bios are awkward, so he made his wife write this one.

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Norlan Hernández

Norlan Hernández is the director of online and graduate student success at Biola University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society from California State University, Los Angeles. He also completed a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Biola's Cook School of Intercultural Studies. Norlan is husband to Isabel and father to Aella Mia.

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Richard Park

Richard Park is an assistant professor of theology & ethics at Vanguard University. He is founder and president of The Renaissance Group, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping people find their calling. He has published several academic pieces, including his recent book, Constructing Civility, which was published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Park obtained his D.Phil. in theology from the University of Oxford, and completed two masters degrees at Biola University and a Bachelor’s at University of California, Berkeley. Park has spoken in countries around the world including England, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. He loves listening to Lecrae, watching Kevin Hart, and playing volleyball.

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Robert Harp

Robert Harp is the director of strategic initiatives and an adjunct professor at the Crowell School of Business. Harp directs the Biola Startup Competition, which fosters kingdom-minded, Christ-honoring entrepreneurship across the Biola University community, and teaches the Capstone Class in the Crowell School of Business’s new Master of Management, Nonprofit Organizations degree. Harp is also founder, CEO & publisher of GlobalHotelNetwork.com, a global media brand providing market insights and thought leadership to CEOs and C-suite executives in the global travel and tourism industry. Harp earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He serves as Catalyst for Workplace Ministry, Lausanne Movement.

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Vanessa Serrano

Vanessa Serrano is serving as the director of student ministries at Revive Church (formerly known as 7th Street Church) located in Long Beach and El Monte, Calif. She graduated with her B.A. from Biola University, she is a Certified Urban Youth Worker through UYWI 90 degrees program, and is currently earning her master's degree in social work at CSULB. She is passionate about the local church and the power it has in the community! In her free time, she loves traveling and eating good food with close friends and her husband.

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For All Seasons

Our ability to create music isn’t rooted in our circumstances or our emotions, our gifts or our talents. We worship, not because of how we feel or what we’re going through; we worship because of who God is. He has proven faithful time and time again, and so we continually chose to seek Him—in joy and in pain—in every season. This truth is the guiding vision behind California-based band For All Seasons. Comprised of Emily Hamilton (lead vocals, guitars, keys), Johnny Hamilton (drums), and Jeff Luckey (guitars, keys, vocals), For All Seasons desires to cultivate an atmosphere of hope no matter what season of life listeners may find themselves enduring.


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DJ Promote

DJ Promote (Carlos Trevino) has performed for tens of thousands around the world touring with artists like Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Propaganda and many more. Originally from Texas, Promote was attracted to DJ culture as a kid through breakdancing, music videos and graffiti art. He’s currently producing his own music and collaborates with DJ’s in a collective called TableTurners. Promote found faith as he was learning to DJ.


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DJ Efechto


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Ritchie Kong

Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Los Angeles, CA. Drawing inspiration from street art, tattoos, Eastern Asian themes, and God, Ritchie creates images with a vibrancy, movement, and depth that draws viewers in and holds them there for a while. His work is geometric in aesthetic but organic in mood. With splashes of color that brings life to any type of canvas he chooses to lay hands on, Ritchie’s art is loud, articulate, intricate and ultimately uniquely his own.




Student Artists

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Claire Jacobson, "Spread My Kingdom"

Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x48"

@clairemariejacobsonart / clairejacobson.com
For Art Commissions: claire.m.jacobson@biola.edu or call 714-878-5221

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Micayla Jones, "Forgiven"

Acrylic on Wood Panel, 36"x24"

@micaylajones_art / micaylajones.myportfolio.com

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Hannah Sapigao, "Pieces of the Kingdom"

Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 12"x16"

@wildrinohannahhino

photo of Self by MacKenzie Long

Mackenzie Long, "Self"

Copic Markers, 18"x24"

@kenzeez_art

Looking to Jesus photos by Madison Groothuis

Madison Groothuis, "Looking to Jesus"

Nikon DSLR 3000

@xvii_photography_

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Micah Hickerson, "That You Might Have Life"

Plaster, wood, paint

@mth.creative / micahhickerson.com

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Parker Dellis, "On These Bricks I Will Build Upon You"

Photograph

@delliboyofmn / Parkerdellisphotography.com

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Aidan Acone-Chavez, "Here It Is"

Graphic on Paper, 9"x12"

@aidan.aconechavez

These breakouts are meant to unpack the three narrative elements of The Kingdom found in Matthew 3:1-3.

These three elements are:

  • The King (Jesus as the focal point of the Kingdom)
  • The Turn (repentance as the primary Kingdom practice)
  • The Way (how we might "make straight paths" as Kingdom ambassadors)

Thank you for considering which breakout to attend - there are many to choose from!

Breakout A
1-2 p.m.

THE KING Norlan Hernandez (Calvary)

Lessons from The King
Jesus is King; He is the focal point of the Kingdom of God. There is much to learn from how Jesus lived his life here on Earth. In this session, Norlan takes you on a journey that looks at how our understanding of the person of Jesus Christ informs our Christian worldview. Join Norlan as he highlights three important characteristics about the person of Jesus Christ - His divinity, His humility, and His everlasting love - found in Matthew 8:5-13.

THE TURN Jon Lunde (Cafe Banquet Room)

A Disappearing Word?
"Why does repentance seem to be disappearing from Christian language and practice?" In this session we will consider reasons for this trend, why we must respond with faithfulness, and how we might do so.

Jason Miller (Crowell Music Building)
Humility and a Repentance of Self-loathing
From Kobe Bryant- to Charles Dickens- to Jesus: an exploration of Matthew 11 and Philippians 2 explores the humility of Jesus as anchored in his relationship to the Father.

David Newman (Mayers)
Repentance: The Healing Journey
In this session, we will discuss repentance in relationship to struggling with our addictions. Our “Turn to God” is not just a one-time isolated moment, but a continual process of going deeper and confronting issues beneath the surface.

THE WAY Daniel Parham (Business 103)

Kingdom Ambassadors: Paving the Path to the King
In the wilderness of life's hurried world, how do we model John the Baptist (Matthew 3:3, Luke 3:4) in paving the path to the King? Let's examine the Scriptures to envision how we clearly promote Jesus's Kingdom and display the beauty of its glory.

Bob Harp (Business 109)

Business Soli Deo gloria
A kingdom perspective on doing business for the common good, for doing business as ministry. Key Biblical passages include: I Corinthians 15:58, Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Rich Park (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East)

Finding Your Calling for the Kingdom
How do I know what God is calling me to do with my life? How do I use my calling for the Kingdom? Learn how to discern our gifts and passions to serve God's purposes. (Rom. 12.1-8.)

Grace Cho (Sutherland)

Ezer Kenegdo: Women, Men, and Leadership in God's Kingdom
With our small and skewed views of what a woman made in the image of God should look like and be like, we have been missing out on the fullness of what it means to be ezer kenegdo — the phrase God uses when He creates woman in Genesis 2:18. God desires and intends to bring His kingdom through men and women leaders, and when women reclaim our identity as ezers and men understand and embrace the strength we bring, we will more accurately reflect God's image and usher in His kingdom more powerfully.

Karen Ellis (Gym)

Principles of Perseverance: Learning from the African-American Church Experience
Professor Ellis discusses the stealth methods of a small community of emancipated, literate African slaves and Europeans in the 18th century who persevered under restricted religious freedom. With genius poetess Phillis Wheatley at the center of this stealth community, they wrote theology, smuggled slaves to freedom, and created literature and art. In fact, they may constitute the first recorded mission activity from our shores—predating George Lisle and Hudson Taylor.

Breakout B
2:30-3:30 p.m.

THE KING Vanessa Serrano (Mayers)

The Unspoken Tension
More often than not we HIGHLIGHT what we do, what we/others look like, what new shoes one has, the cool new podcast that came out that we are listening to, the one hip pastor that is speaking at a church an hour away that you are going to go see, the new book that is out, the next worship concert, and we focus on everything were “doing” for the “sake of the Kingdom”. Being a young adult as well, I find myself in the same tension that although we can be spiritually fed by many avenues or resources that we have at our fingertips we can diminish the only source that truly matters, Jesus. This seminar will focus on the fundamental teachings of Jesus to the disciples in Matthew 6:5-14. What you do in secret will quickly let you know who this Kingdom is really about? We will take an honest look at our lives and through scripture be encouraged and reminded that Jesus is the center of it all.

Carol Kaminski (Gym)

Kingship in the Old Testament: Making sense of a complicated history
This session provides an overview of kingship in the OT, the Davidic covenant, and explains from Israel's history why Israel needed a righteous Davidic king.

THE TURN David Newman (Marshburn 4)

Repentance: The Healing Journey (Repeat Session)
In this session, we will discuss repentance in relationship to struggling with our addictions. Our “Turn to God” is not just a one-time isolated moment, but a continual process of going deeper and confronting issues beneath the surface.

Christian Martinez (Business 109)

Falling Inward
Who are you becoming? In a world focused on the continual expectation of achievement and self-promotion in everything from academics to the number of followers a person has on Instagram, we repeatedly play out the narrative of a fallen humanity that is looking to satisfy its own needs rather than looking outward towards God and others. We will explore what Martin Luther described as the human tendency to be curved in on itself as we look at the Apostle Paul’s honest struggle with weakness and sin and discuss how God reorients our lives and calls us to bring about change in our communities and world.

THE WAY Heather Martin (Business 103)

Finding your Career Path: A Career Exploration Workshop
Discerning vocational calling can often feel elusive and leave us wanting clarity. Discovering how God has uniquely created you - your strengths, interests, personality, and experiences- can provide clues to the direction you should go. In this time you will be led through guided reflection and career choice concepts. The goal of this session is to leave you encouraged and with tangible action steps as you journey through your career discernment.

Daniel Parham (Calvary)

Kingdom Ambassadors: Paving the Path to the King (Repeat Session)
In the wilderness of life's hurried world, how do we model John the Baptist (Matthew 3:3, Luke 3:4) in paving the path to the King? Let's examine the Scriptures to envision how we clearly promote Jesus's Kingdom and display the beauty of its glory.

Gabriel Salguero (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East)

Who is my neighbor?: Immigrants, Refugees and Christian Hospitality
A view of radical Christian hospitality and its implications for our neighbors and immigrants (Luke 10:25-37; Hebrews 13:2).

Karen Ellis (Cafe Banquet Room)

Principles of Perseverance: Learning from the African-American Church Experience (Repeat Session)
Professor Ellis discusses the stealth methods of a small community of emancipated, literate African slaves and Europeans in the 18th century who persevered under restricted religious freedom. With genius poetess Phillis Wheatley at the center of this stealth community, they wrote theology, smuggled slaves to freedom, and created literature and art. In fact, they may constitute the first recorded mission activity from our shores—predating George Lisle and Hudson Taylor.

Rich Park (Sutherland)

Finding Your Calling for the Kingdom (Repeat Session)
How do I know what God is calling me to do with my life? How do I use my calling for the Kingdom? Learn how to discern our gifts and passions to serve God's purposes. (Rom. 12.1-8.)

Bob Harp (Crowell Music Building)

Business Soli Deo gloria (Repeat Session)
A kingdom perspective on doing business for the common good, for doing business as ministry. Key Biblical passages include: I Corinthians 15:58, Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Breakout C
4-5 p.m.

THE KING Norlan Hernandez (Business 109)

Lessons from The King (Repeat Session)
Jesus is King; He is the focal point of the Kingdom of God. There is much to learn from how Jesus lived his life here on Earth. In this session, Norlan takes you on a journey that looks at how our understanding of the person of Jesus Christ informs our Christian worldview. Join Norlan as he highlights three important characteristics about the person of Jesus Christ - His divinity, His humility, and His everlasting love - found in Matthew 8:5-13.

Vanessa Serrano (Calvary)

The Unspoken Tension (Repeat Session)
More often than not we HIGHLIGHT what we do, what we/others look like, what new shoes one has, the cool new podcast that came out that we are listening to, the one hip pastor that is speaking at a church an hour away that you are going to go see, the new book that is out, the next worship concert, and we focus on everything were “doing” for the “sake of the Kingdom”. Being a young adult as well, I find myself in the same tension that although we can be spiritually fed by many avenues or resources that we have at our fingertips we can diminish the only source that truly matters, Jesus. This seminar will focus on the fundamental teachings of Jesus to the disciples in Matthew 6:5-14. What you do in secret will quickly let you know who this Kingdom is really about? We will take an honest look at our lives and through scripture be encouraged and reminded that Jesus is the center of it all.

Carol Kaminski (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East

Kingship in the Old Testament: Making sense of a complicated history (Repeat Session)
This session provides an overview of kingship in the OT, the Davidic covenant, and explains from Israel's history why Israel needed a righteous Davidic king.

THE TURN Christian Martinez (Crowell Music Building)

Falling Inward
Who are you becoming? In a world focused on the continual expectation of achievement and self-promotion in everything from academics to the number of followers a person has on Instagram, we repeatedly play out the narrative of a fallen humanity that is looking to satisfy its own needs rather than looking outward towards God and others. We will explore what Martin Luther described as the human tendency to be curved in on itself as we look at the Apostle Paul’s honest struggle with weakness and sin and discuss how God reorients our lives and calls us to bring about change in our communities and world.

Jon Lunde (Sutherland)

A Disappearing Word? (Repeat Session)
"Why does repentance seem to be disappearing from Christian language and practice?" In this session we will consider reasons for this trend, why we must respond with faithfulness, and how we might do so.

Jason Miller (Mayers Auditorium)

Humility and a Repentance of Self-loathing (Repeat Session)
From Kobe Bryant- to Charles Dickens- to Jesus: an exploration of Matthew 11 and Philippians 2 explores the humility of Jesus as anchored in his relationship to the Father.

THE WAY Heather Martin (Business 103)

Finding your Career Path: A Career Exploration Workshop (Repeat Session)
Discerning vocational calling can often feel elusive and leave us wanting clarity. Discovering how God has uniquely created you - your strengths, interests, personality, and experiences- can provide clues to the direction you should go. In this time you will be led through guided reflection and career choice concepts. The goal of this session is to leave you encouraged and with tangible action steps as you journey through your career discernment.

Grace Cho (Cafe Banquet Room)

Ezer Kenegdo: Women, Men, and Leadership in God's Kingdom (Repeat Session)
With our small and skewed views of what a woman made in the image of God should look like and be like, we have been missing out on the fullness of what it means to be ezer kenegdo — the phrase God uses when He creates woman in Genesis 2:18. God desires and intends to bring His kingdom through men and women leaders, and when women reclaim our identity as ezers and men understand and embrace the strength we bring, we will more accurately reflect God's image and usher in His kingdom more powerfully.

Gabriel Salguero (Gym)

Who is my neighbor?: Immigrants, Refugees and Christian Hospitality (Repeat Session)
A view of radical Christian hospitality and its implications for our neighbors and immigrants (Luke 10:25-37; Hebrews 13:2).

Need Prayer?

We have a prayer team available during main sessions in the gym. If you want prayer at any other time during the conference, please contact Sarah (sarah.lim001@biola.edu).


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All sessions and breakouts are for 1 conference credit unless otherwise noted.

Full time students (12+ units) are required to fulfill 5 conference credits, but are invited to attend the entire conference!

Part time students (7-11 units) are required to fulfill 3 conference credits, but are invited to attend the entire conference!

Students taking 6 units or less are encouraged, but not required to attend.

If you accumulate more than the required conference credits, the additional credits will count towards your credit chapel requirement for this semester.

This year, the Torrey Memorial Bible Conference will return to a three-day conference beginning Wednesday morning, October 10 in gym with overflow in various locations around campus. Opportunities to process the themes more deeply will be offered through prayer and reflection session on Friday.

View the full schedule.


Shout out to our five co-directors of #TC18! Thank you Alisha Fodera, Chris Blanco, Colleen Sammons, Logan McDonald, and Tracy Brooks!

Torrey Conference Co-Directors

Torrey Conference Co-Directors