- October 10-12, 2018
- Chase Gymnasium
Cost and Admission
This event is free to attend.
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”).
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.
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All sessions and breakouts are for 1 conference credit unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, October 10
Main Session #1
Artists: DJ Promote, Ritchie Kong
|11 a.m.-1 p.m.||
|2:30- 3:30 p.m.
For all locations and topics, please view Breakouts.
For all locations and topics, please view Breakouts.
Optional: GRIT Afterthoughts at 5:30 p.m.
Main Session #2
Testimony: André Murillo
Festival (NO CREDIT)
Thursday, October 11
Main Session #3
Artists: DJ Efechto, Team Millennia, Ritchie Kong
|11 a.m.-1 p.m.||
Main Session #4 (2 credits)
Main Session #5 (2 credits)
Artists: DJ Efechto, Ritchie Kong
Friday, October 12
|9:30--10:30 a.m.||Main Session #6
Speaker: Todd Pickett
Worship: Amir Girgis
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.
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.
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.
Karen EllisK.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire Jacobson, "Spread My Kingdom"
Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x48"
@clairemariejacobsonart / clairejacobson.com
For Art Commissions: email@example.com or call 714-878-5221
Micayla Jones, "Forgiven"
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 36"x24"
@micaylajones_art / micaylajones.myportfolio.com
Hannah Sapigao, "Pieces of the Kingdom"
Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 12"x16"
Mackenzie Long, "Self"
Copic Markers, 18"x24"
Madison Groothuis, "Looking to Jesus"
Nikon DSLR 3000
Micah Hickerson, "That You Might Have Life"
Plaster, wood, paint
@mth.creative / micahhickerson.com
Parker Dellis, "On These Bricks I Will Build Upon You"
@delliboyofmn / Parkerdellisphotography.com
Aidan Acone-Chavez, "Here It Is"
Graphic on Paper, 9"x12"
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!
|THE KING||Norlan Hernandez (Calvary)||
Lessons from The King
|THE TURN||Jon Lunde (Cafe Banquet Room)
A Disappearing Word?
|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
|Bob Harp (Business 109)
Business Soli Deo gloria
|Rich Park (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East)||
Finding Your Calling for the Kingdom
|Grace Cho (Sutherland)
Ezer Kenegdo: Women, Men, and Leadership in God's Kingdom
|Karen Ellis (Gym)
Principles of Perseverance: Learning from the African-American Church Experience
|THE KING||Vanessa Serrano (Mayers)
The Unspoken Tension
|Carol Kaminski (Gym)||
Kingship in the Old Testament: Making sense of a complicated history
|THE TURN||David Newman (Marshburn 4)
Repentance: The Healing Journey (Repeat Session)
|Christian Martinez (Business 109)||
|THE WAY||Heather Martin (Business 103)
Finding your Career Path: A Career Exploration Workshop
|Daniel Parham (Calvary)||
Kingdom Ambassadors: Paving the Path to the King (Repeat Session)
|Gabriel Salguero (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East)
Who is my neighbor?: Immigrants, Refugees and Christian Hospitality
|Karen Ellis (Cafe Banquet Room)
Principles of Perseverance: Learning from the African-American Church Experience (Repeat Session)
|Rich Park (Sutherland)
Finding Your Calling for the Kingdom (Repeat Session)
|Bob Harp (Crowell Music Building)
Business Soli Deo gloria (Repeat Session)
|THE KING||Norlan Hernandez (Business 109)
Lessons from The King (Repeat Session)
|Vanessa Serrano (Calvary)||
The Unspoken Tension (Repeat Session)
|Carol Kaminski (Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East
Kingship in the Old Testament: Making sense of a complicated history (Repeat Session)
|THE TURN||Christian Martinez (Crowell Music Building)
|Jon Lunde (Sutherland)||
A Disappearing Word? (Repeat Session)
|Jason Miller (Mayers Auditorium)
Humility and a Repentance of Self-loathing (Repeat Session)
|THE WAY||Heather Martin (Business 103)
Finding your Career Path: A Career Exploration Workshop (Repeat Session)
|Grace Cho (Cafe Banquet Room)||
Ezer Kenegdo: Women, Men, and Leadership in God's Kingdom (Repeat Session)
|Gabriel Salguero (Gym)
Who is my neighbor?: Immigrants, Refugees and Christian Hospitality (Repeat Session)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!