Reformation in America

The American Story of Our Reformed Heritage

How did the Protestant Reformation come to America? Who were the early American Puritans and how did people like Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, and George Whitefield shape the American story? Join us as we explore these and other topics surrounding Reformation in America!

2018 Registration Here

[you may also register at the door!]

  • Stephen Nichols

    Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier teaching fellow. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Reformed Theological Seminary and is a visiting lecturer at Westminster Theological Seminary’s program at the John Owen Centre in London. Dr. Nichols has written a number of books, including volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, and J. Gresham Machen. His recent books include Welcome to the StoryPeace: Classic Readings for Christmas, and A Time for Confidence. In addition, he hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.

  • Richard Phillips

    Dr. Richard D. Phillips is senior minister of the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. He is the author of thirty-five books and frequently speaks at conferences on the Bible and Reformed Theology. He has been the chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology since 2000 and is series co-editor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series (P&R). Dr. Phillips is an adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees. He serves also on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the Council of The Gospel Coalition, and the Council of the Gospel Reformation Network.

  • Hans Madueme

    Dr. Hans Madueme serves as associate professor of theological studies at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Born in Sweden, Dr. Madueme originally trained as a medical doctor and completed his residency in internal medicine before shifting his focus to theology. He received his Master of Divinity and then completed his Ph.D. in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has co-edited two books and has written many book chapters and shorter essays for a variety of publications, including Tabletalk, Themelios, Books & Culture, and The Gospel Coalition.

  • Collin Hansen

    Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists and A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir (with John Woodbridge). He earned an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He edited Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor and The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books.

  • Brian Cosby

    Dr. Brian Cosby serves as senior minister of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, and adjunct professor at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible and David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost. He has also written for Tabletalk, Modern Reformation, Ministry Today, and The Gospel Coalition. Dr. Cosby serves as the general editor of the Works of John Flavel (Banner of Truth Trust, forthcoming, 2020).

  • Charles Barrett

    Dr. Charles "Chuck" Barrett serves as associate minister of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He has taught at the seminary level for over ten years and currently teaches as adjunct professor at Belhaven University, Chattanooga. He has written for several publications, including the Puritan Reformed Journal. In addition, Dr. Barrett contributed two chapters to The Beauty and Glory of the Christian Worldview (Reformation Heritage Books, 2017).


Friday, October 19

  • 7:00pmStephen Nichols | "Jesus in America: The Early New England Story"
  • 8:00 – Nichols, Madueme, Cosby, Barrett | Panel Q&A

Saturday, October 20

  • 8:30amStephen Nichols | Men's Breakfast: "Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society"
  • 9:30 – Hans Madueme | "The Making of an Evangelical Controversy: Adam & Eve"
  • 10:30 – Stephen Nichols | "The Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards"
  • 3:30pm – Brian Cosby | "The Life and Ministry of David Brainerd"
  • 4:30 – Collin Hansen | "Evangelicalism in America: Past, Present, Future"
  • 5:30 – Dinner (provided with registration)
  • 7:00 – Richard Phillips | "Dangers—Within and Without—to the Church in America"
  • 7:45 – Phillips, Hansen, Cosby, Barrett | Panel Q&A

Sunday, October 21

  • 9:30am – Sunday School – Collin Hansen | "Young, Restless, Reformed: Calvinism and the American Landscape—10 Years Later"
  • 10:45 – Morning Worship – Richard Phillips, preaching
  • 6:00pm – Evening Worship – Charles Barrett | "American Christians in the Mission of Christ"


Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA)

2502 Fairmount Pike

Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377

423.886.1181 |

The Reformation

Heritage Conference

Each year, Wayside Presbyterian Church sets aside a weekend to focus on our Reformed heritage, stemming from the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. We invite world-class scholars in Reformation history to present a series of lectures for every-day Christians, which are meant to encourage a love for the Scriptures, to foster an appreciation for those who have gone before us, and to cultivate a joy for God through Christ.

In recent years, we've been privileged to have a variety of excellent speakers, including Derek Thomas, Carl Trueman, Harry Reeder, Stephen Nichols, Collin Hansen, Richard Phillips, Hans Madueme, Gordon Reed, Joel Beeke, Kelly Kapic, and Timothy George (among others).

                             Mark your calendars for October 18–20, 2019

                                             THE HOLINESS OF GOD

                          Ligon Duncan, Michael Barrett, Chad Van Dixhoorn

                               Jon Payne, Brian Cosby, & Charles Barrett