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Torrey Memorial Bible Conference 2022

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.

We want our spiritual walks to be a straight line, but oftentimes they are more of a zigzag. We wish to plan out our lives – or at least know what lies ahead – but we can’t see that far. Sometimes God transforms us instantly through a worship night or conversation, but most of the time becoming like Jesus takes time, intentionality, and patience.

Continuing our walk through Philippians, TC22 dives into Philippians 2:12-13: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

A few questions arise about the spiritual growth (salvation) process in these verses:

  • What is my part in spiritual growth (work out)?
  • What is God’s part (works in)?
  • How does this all work together?

The main goal of TC22 is to explore how we work out our salvation while God works in us through three main avenues of spiritual growth:

  • Spiritual practices
  • Story
  • Suffering

Each session, along with the experiential activities around campus, will unpack the importance of these three S’s. We’re excited to host Dr. Carmen Imes, Christine Caine, and Brian Peterson as our keynote speakers along with a range of breakout speakers (link). Thursday will see the return of #sTORREYslam and our afternoon movie.

Join us as we learn to walk The Way of Jesus together!


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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

All Main Sessions and Breakouts are for 1 conference credit unless otherwise noted.
Please note there are only 4 credits offered on Wednesday.

Time Activity Location
9:30–11:00 a.m. Main Session 1
Worship team:
For All Seasons
Carmen Imes
 Finding Our Way in the Shadow of Disneyland (Phil 1:3-11, 27-30) — What does it look like to follow Jesus within earshot of the "Happiest Place on Earth"? How does the storied world of Disney intersect with our own stories? Is there a better way? We'll consider the role of spiritual practices that shape who we are becoming and offer resources to respond when life is anything but happy.
Chase Gymnasium
Crowell Music Hall
11:15 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.Lunch Outside

Caf closed, Caf patio open for eating

Experiential Sites open - see tab

Singer/Songwriter Showcase

Fluor Fountain

Fireplace Pavilion

1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout A Location and topics on the Breakouts tab
3:00–4:00 p.m. Breakout B Location and topics on the Breakouts tab
4:00-7:00 p.m.Dinner on your own

Singer/Songwriter Showcase

Experiential Sites open

Fireplace Pavilion
7:00–8:30 p.m. Main Session 2
Worship team:
For All Seasons
Christine Caine
Chase Gymnasium
Crowell Music Hall
8:30–10 p.m. Sola Soul (NO CREDIT) Sponsored by the Office of Campus Engagement
Steven Malcolm
On Cue Photobooth
Snacks provided by OCE
Fireplace Pavilion

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time Activity Location
9:30–11:00 a.m. Main Session 3: #sTORREYslam
Worship team:
For All Seasons
Brian Peterson and various storytellers (storytellers will provide glimpses into the ways God has grown them through spiritual practices, stories, and suffering)
Chase Gymnasium
Overflow sites if needed
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Luncheon (NO CREDIT) Sponsored by the Center for the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today

Complimentary lunch provided for all who attend (up to capacity)

Andrews Banquet Room
1:30–4:00 p.m. Main Session 4: Private Screening & Discussion (2 credits)
Dear Hero

 Jay and Natalie Hewitt
Jay Hewitt, a father facing terminal brain cancer, decides to inspire his daughter, Hero, by running an Ironman triathlon. His faith-filled journey provides important perspective on what matters most.
Chase Gymnasium
4-7 p.m.Dinner on your own

Experiential Sites open

7:00–9:30 p.m. Main Session 5 (2 credits)
Extended Worship with For All Seasons
Carmen Imes
Finding Our Way in the Shadow of Suffering (Phil 3:7-14) — Paul has a questionable marketing plan, calling us to lose everything for the sake of knowing Christ. We'll consider an Old Testament figure who discovers this for himself as we wrestle with the role of suffering on our own spiritual journeys
Chase Gymnasium

Friday, October 7, 2022

Time Activity Location
9:30–11:45 a.m. Main Session 6 (2 credits)
Todd Pickett
Reflection and Response: Join us as we process what God has been doing in the conference and consider ways we might participate with him.
Calvary Chapel

Keynote Speakers and Artists


Carmen Imes

Carmen Imes

Dr. Carmen Imes is an associate professor of Old Testament at Biola, and brings a passion for helping students and other laypeople engage the Old Testament, and discover its relevance for Christian identity and mission. Since the release of her book, Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (IVP 2019), Imes has appeared on more than 50 podcasts and radio shows and launched her own YouTube channel where she releases weekly Torah Tuesday videos. She is a guest blogger for Christianity Today, The Political Theology Network, and The Well (InterVarsity's blog for women in the academy and professions). Imes is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences and retreats. Before earning her Ph.D. from Wheaton College, Carmen and her husband served as missionaries in the Philippines with SIM International, reaching out to ethnic minorities. Imes loves introducing students to the rich insights of the global church.

Christine Caine

Christine Caine

Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, a sought-after international speaker, author and activist. Known for her ability to effectively communicate a message of hope, Christine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, and championing the cause of justice. Together with her husband, Nick, she founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign — a recipient of the Mother Theresa Memorial Award for their work combating human trafficking among refugees. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to celebrate every woman’s passion, purpose and potential. Christine and Nick make their home in Southern California with their daughters, Catherine and Sophia.

Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson

They say that life begins outside of your comfort zone and Brian Peterson is a true testament to that theory. Art is nothing new for Brian. His artistic skills were discovered by his 4th grade teacher in Miami, FL and he’s had a passion ever since. Brian attended art programs throughout elementary school, middle school, high school and later graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009 with a degree in Industrial Design. His industrial-focused career left his desire to paint on the back burner as he pursued his dream job as a Sr. Automotive Designer at Kia Design Center America. Through his car design endeavors, Brian has had the privilege to design multiple Kia cars and travel around the world to present his work.

In 2015, Brian discovered his acceptance of faith in Jesus which ultimately reignited his passion for creativity and the desire to create alongside God. This re-emergence of artistic life started by addressing the “elephant in the room.” For the first time in his life, Brian was able to connect his love for art, his community, and Jesus together to form The Faces of Santa Ana, a non-profit organization that focuses on homelessness and the rehabilitation of our neighbors in Santa Ana, CA.

As Brian continues to pursue his devotion for art, his private collection of work is inspired by his relationship with the Creator and the beauty that he finds in nature. (Fun Fact: Brian loves nature and animal shows.) Brian has currently expanded his portfolio of services to include personal commissions, large-scale murals and public speaking engagements.

Jay and Natalie Hewitt

Jay Hewitt is an Ironman battling brain cancer. He has become a resilience expert through his own experience and achievements. He has learned how to overcome the odds and believes anything is possible. As a national speaker, he enjoys helping others find opportunity in obstacles, strength and in weakness.

Jay is a pastor in Orange County, California. He and his wife Natalie are enjoying being young parents, and their daughter Hero has enough energy to light up the world and keep her parents busy as they try to keep up.

Natalie is a literature professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Hope International University. She believes that textual materials have the power to transform lives. Her ultimate teaching goal is to expose students to higher levels of critical thinking and literary analysis. With an expertise in Shakespearean and Gothic literature, she extends her hermeneutical approach to help others interpret all kinds of textual materials: from historical documents to works of fiction and film.

For All Seasons

For All Seasons began as a group of friends in college that started a band with a shared passion for serving Jesus, making music and using their gifts to serve others. They write songs from their personal stories, placing an emphasis on fusing biblical truth with the passionate expression of original music. 10 years and six records later, the heart is still the same: to lead you in authentic worship and encourage you to worship God with honesty and surrender — because a genuine encounter with the living God will truly change your life forever!


Breakout Speakers


Vivian Mabuni

Vivian Mabuni

Vivian Mabuni is a national speaker, author, bible teacher and podcast host. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, SheReadsTruth, Our Daily Bread and Propel Sophia, and her teachings have been featured on the YouVersion Bible App’s “Verse of the Day”. With over 30 years on staff with Cru, Viv loves teaching about the Bible and its practical application to ministry and life. She has been a keynote speaker at IF:Gathering, QCommons, Cru Winter Conferences, and Family Life’s “Weekend To Remember." Author of Open Hands, Willing Heart, she also serves on the Board of Trustees for Denver Seminary, and is the founder and host of “Someday Is Here” — a podcast for AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) leaders. Viv loves drinking coffee with her husband of 31 years, Darrin, and marveling at their three young adult kids and brand new daughter-in-law.

Grace P. Cho

Grace P. Cho

Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, speaker and a senior acquisitions editor at Revell, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group. She creates space for people to be known, nurtured and challenged through her work, and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Grace has authored several Bible studies and devotionals and most recently contributed to a powerful compilation called Voices of Lament: Reflections on Brokenness and Hope in a World Longing for Justice.

David and Kristi Francisco

David Francisco

Singer-songwriter David Francisco was riding his bicycle in Nashville in 2016 when he was t-boned by a distracted driver, which paralyzed from the waist down. He was told he would never walk again but through intense physical therapy, he not only learned to walk again but went back and finished the audio engineering school he was attending, reconnected and fell in love with his now-wife Kristi, and has found purpose in sharing his story to inspire and encourage students all over the world. He encourages students to own their choices, on and off the road, and has received amazing feedback from students and teachers alike.

Swarup Bar

Rev. Dr. Swarup Bar

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today

The Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today is excited to present Rev. Dr. Swarup Bar, our Global Scholar in Residence, this Fall from October 5th through October 14th. Dr. Bar comes to us with an extensive list of accomplishments and experience, such as, but certainly not limited to, a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and expertise in pneumatology, ecclesiology and Christian theologies. As an author and associate professor of theology, Dr. Bar has dedicated his work to the movements of the Holy Spirit within the country of India, resulting in deeper explorations of what this might mean for its people, its ecumenical landscape, and its relevance to the global Body of Christ.

Katrina Greene

Dr. Katrina Greene

Sponsored by Cook School of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Katrina Greene directs the international development minor and emphasis/concentration within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS) at Biola University. She is a socio-cultural and applied anthropologist who has conducted ongoing field research among women, including female entrepreneurs, in the black townships of Cape Town, South Africa since 1997, including doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar. She attends Friendship Baptist Church in Yorba Linda, CA, where she is active in the Mass Choir, Women’s Ministry and Single Adults Living Triumphantly (SALT) Ministry.

Kevin McGill

Kevin McGill

Kevin McGill is the lead pastor at Harvest Community Church, a multi-ethnic church in Orange County, and has served in pastoral ministry for nearly 20 years. He received his Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary. A native of central California, he comes from a family passionate about creativity and the church. Kevin is a children's and young adult author and is passionate about the power of story through God's Word. Kevin is happily married to Jenny, and both are proud parents of Malachi. In his free time, Kevin enjoys writing, traveling internationally with his wife and son, running, and most recently, 3D printing.

Esther Hwang

Esther Hwang

Ogres are like onions. Onions have layers. Esther (though obviously) is not an ogre — is definitely an onion. Born, raised and still residing in Cerritos, CA, her experience growing up as a child to Korean immigrant Christian parents created complexities about her faith, heritage and culture that she would then later unpack in her twenties. Esther experienced a radical call to repentance during her final semester at UC Riverside in 2013, which led her to attending Talbot School of Theology where she obtained her Master of Divinity (in Pastoral Care and Counseling) in 2018. She's an avid believer in quarterly self-retreats, enjoys adventures of any kind and enjoys loving others through sharing her gift of empathetic counseling. Esther currently serves as the Associate Director of Commuter Life for Biola and is working on her second masters (M.M. Non-Profit) at the Crowell School of Business.

Joy and Todd

Joy and Todd have been living among — and learning from — an unreached people group in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly 27 years. With a degree in education and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, they currently lead a rural ministry team seeking to bring the gospel where it has not yet been heard. Based largely on Jesus' instructions in Luke 9, the team goes out two-by-two, walking from village to village, bringing newly translated portions of the Bible in the local language, praying for people in Jesus’ name, and sharing the Good News of Jesus in word and deed. They engage in health advocacy, provide lifesaving burn and wound care and participate deeply in the lives of their village neighbors. Although life and ministry in this context is complex and challenging, it provides a great place to see God’s hand at work, and experience his sovereign grace and consistent faithfulness. Hosting numerous interns over the years, Todd and Joy also pour into the lives of young people from around the globe, who learn what it means to work out their salvation in a completely non-Christian context as they purposefully and respectfully engage face-to-face, day after day, with those who do not yet know Jesus. As they experience the Holy Spirit working within and through them, many of their former interns have gone on to take up the call to bring the gospel to the hardest, most unreached parts of the world. Join us as we explore how God shapes his people when we follow him into the unknown, along potentially difficult paths.

All of our Breakout Sessions will focus on one or more of the three main avenues of spiritual growth:

  • Spiritual Practices
  • Story
  • Suffering


Dr. Carmen Imes (Spiritual Practices)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Sutherland Auditorium
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Andrews Banquet Hall
  • Description: Which Way? Discovering What We Were Born to Do (Gen 1:26-28; Exodus 20:7). The pressure to decide on a career path can be intense, especially in college. How do we know what we were born to do? We'll look at some foundational principles from Scripture that can help us discern our identity and vocation.


Brian Peterson (Story)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Chase Gymnasium
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Kim Dining Room
  • Description: Unlikely Friendships: How the Lord Discipled Me in the Streets.  Artist Brian Peterson of Faces of Santa Ana will open up about how stepping out into the streets to love the poor changed his heart from the inside out. Brian will dive deep into how God used his creative giftings to see differently, die to self, and unlearn carnal thoughts that ultimately get in the way of the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Attendees will leave with a fresh revelation of why God instructs us to involve ourselves in the lives of the poor.


Vivian Mabuni and Grace P. Cho (Suffering/Spiritual Practices)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Kim Dining Room
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Sutherland Auditorium
  • Description: How to Get Unstuck in Our Pain and Stay Connected with God. When we suffer through hurt, grief, or disappointment, we can often become stuck in our pain and feel disconnected from God. Vivian Mabuni and Grace P. Cho teach us how lament and the art of writing can help us stay connected with God and grow in faith through life’s difficulties.


David Francisco (Suffering/Story)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Calvary Chapel
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Chase Gymnasium
  • Description: David knows what it means to find purpose in suffering. He was left paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic accident. Come hear how God met him in the midst of it all and how He can redeem even the most hopeless situations.


Rev. Dr. Swarup Bar (Spiritual Practices/Story)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Andrews Banquet Hall
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Calvary Chapel
  • Description: Holy Spirit and Spiritual Maturity


Dr. Katrina Greene (Spiritual Practices/Suffering)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Marshburn 4
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Crowell Lansing Hall
  • Description: The Ministry of Presence.   T. S. Eliot in his poem, Ash Wednesday, wrote, “Where shall the word be found, where will the word resound? Not here, there is not enough silence.” Such a commentary on the loudness of the world is very applicable to our present cultural context, where it is often awkward to dwell in silence with another or others experiencing various situations due to a desire to say something to them or even do something for them in order to ease their pain. This breakout session will examine strategies for how to “be” with others who may be experiencing loss, sickness, or another challenge in order to care for and be in solidarity with them. Such care may not often involve talking but instead involve active listening and/or just being present with another or others in their time of difficulty.


Kevin McGill (Story/Suffering)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Business 109
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Mayers Auditorium
  • Description: Every person's story has its dark moments, but without understanding how these dark moments play a crucial part in our walk with God, we never overcome. Kevin will re-examine pop culture's love for the hero's journey, Moses's transformational moment at the inner-cave, and how fear and trembling of our salvation helps us live a better story.


Joy and Todd (Story/Spiritual Practices)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Mayers Auditorium
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Marshburn 4
  • Description: The Ten Sleeping Virgins: An Unexpected African Interpretation of a Well-Known Parable. An elderly African woman’s surprising reaction to this well-known story sheds new light on this passage, helping us to see and understand this text from a very different, more socially astute perspective. Be prepared to be challenged in your walk of obedience to Jesus as we reconsider what he is actually calling us to do and be in the here and now.


Esther Hwang (Spiritual Practices/Suffering)

  • Breakout A: 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Crowell Lansing Hall
  • Breakout B: 3–4 p.m. at Business 109
  • Description: The year was 2020 and the LORD was kind and gracious to the Hwang family. The world was experiencing deep chaos but God granted the Hwang family (all 4 of them) to experience a special time together... their final time together. Because in November of 2020, it wouldn't be the corona virus that took away Sunny (Mom) and Tom (Dad) from this earth, but rather a fatal and tragic car accident that happened right in front of their home. Come hear (and hopefully leave inspired by) Esther's story of her ongoing struggle of grieving her parents and the spiritual practices she exercises that has allowed her to foster a deep joy in Jesus and a more resilient faith.

Experiential Sites Description Location & Time
Create Your Own Blob-ble Create your own bubble: giant bubbles, bubble towers, bouncy bubbles, etc. Mayers Auditorium — Outdoor front lawn (Wed, 11-1 pm & 4-7 pm)
Singer-Songwriter Showcase Students from the Worship Arts and Commercial Music program will be showcasing their gifts and talents, featuring original music.
Fireplace Pavilion (Wed, 11-1:30 pm & 4-7 pm)
Puppy Patch Come hangout with puppies on the SUB lawn! Student Union Building — Outdoor lawn (Wed, 4-6:30 pm)
Wellness Tables The Peer Wellness team will be hosting wellness activities at Fluor Fountain. Fluor Fountain (Wed, 11-1 pm & 4-7 pm)
Share Your Story Storyboard Share your story with the Biola community. Write a lament, a thanksgiving, a short reflection, etc. and post it to the board! Bardwell Deck (Wed-Thur)
Prayer Space A space for quiet time and prayer. Sutherland Courtyard (Wed & Thur)
Art Showcase Visit Bardwell Deck to view a showcase of work by students from the Art department. Bardwell Deck (Wed-Thur)
Bible Writing Join us as we write the book of Philippians together, verse by verse. Fireplace Pavilion (Wed & Thur)
Open Wide Your Hand Exhibit OPEN WIDE YOUR HAND presents new works by artists Christopher Chinn and Jason Leith. Pushing against the societal tendency to look the other way, both artists use their studio practices to directly and personally engage with those who are homeless in our local communities — presenting the people and their makeshift living as worthy of our sustained attention. Green Gallery (now-Fri)
Instagram Wall Take a picture with friends and tag us @biolaspiritualdevelopment on Instagram! Café — Lawn outside of the Café (Mon-Thurs)
A21 Table Founded by Christine Caine in 2008, A21 focuses on combatting slavery around the world through educational awareness and prevention, the protection of victims, the prosecution of traffickers, and various partnerships. Fluor Fountain (Wed, 4-7 pm)

Gym Lobby (Wed, 8:30-10 pm)

Meal Discussions Check out conference-themed conversation prompts and questions posted all around campus. Around campus
Photo Booth Stop by our conference-themed photo booth during Sola Soul! Crowell Music Building — Outdoor patio (Wed, 8-10:30 pm)

The Torrey Memorial Bible Conference is a three-day conference beginning Wednesday morning, October 5 in Chase Gymnasium with overflow in various locations around campus. There will be 4 credit opportunities offered on Wednesday, 5 credit opportunities offered on Thursday and a 2-credit opportunity to process the themes more deeply through prayer and reflection on Friday morning.

All Main 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 (9-11 units) are required to fulfill 3 conference credits, but are invited to attend the entire conference!
  • Students taking 8 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 spiritual development (chapel) requirement for this semester.

A big thank you to our amazing Event Services and EMC Video Production staff who are never fully appreciated for the amazing work they put into this conference.

Thanks to Steve Rall and the Bon Appetit team for making the opening lunch possible.

Shout out to our Torrey Conference student directors (from left to right): Kaira Low, Michael McKay, Anna Freudenburg, Hannah Schafroth and Hannah Fodera.