The Reformation Church


Burk Parsons

Richard Phillips

David Strain

Nick Batzig

Brian Cosby

Charles Barrett

October 20–22, 2023


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    • Burk Parsons

      Dr. Burk Parsons serves as Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel, and he is editor of Tabletalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries where he has served since 1999. He is a Ligonier Ministries Teaching Fellow, and he is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Parsons holds his master’s and doctoral degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary. His dissertation is titled “The Missio Dei and the Church: Towards Fulfilling the Great Commission through Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry.” He is author of Why Do We Have Creeds?, editor of Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, and cotranslator and coeditor of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. He also serves as an associate editor of the Reformation Study Bible. He speaks regularly at churches, conferences, and institutions throughout the United States and abroad and has contributed to various publications. He and his wife, Amber, live in Central Florida with their children.

    • Richard Phillips

      Dr. Richard Phillips is Senior Minister of the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. He is the author of forty-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 serves on the Board of Trustees as chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He serves also on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the Council of the Gospel Reformation Network.  He has enjoyed a long association with the Rafiki Foundation and contributed extensively to the Rafiki Bible Study. His holds degrees from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Sharon, have five children and live in Greenville, SC.

    • David Strain

      Dr. David Strain serves as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Missisppi. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds degrees from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Trinity College Glasgow/School of Divinity, the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Free Church of Scotland in September 2003, and has held pastoral charges in London, England, and Columbus, Mississippi. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) in 2016. In addition to being a frequent contributor to a number of popular magazines, Dr. Strain is the author of several books, including Expository Preaching, a commentary on Ruth and Esther (Focus on the Bible series), and a commentary on Philippians (Lectio Continua series). David and his wife, Sheena, have two teenage boys.

    • Nick Batzig

      Rev. Nick Batzig serves as the Senior Pastor of Church Creek PCA in Charleston, South Carolina, and an associate editor for Ligonier Ministries. Rev. Batzig has also served as the editor of Reformation21 and the Christward Collective—sites of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Nick has written numerous articles for Tabletalk Magazine, Christward Collective, Reformation 21, He Reads Truth, Church Leaders, and He is published in Jonathan Edwards and Scotland (Dunedin, 2011) and Jonathan Edwards for the Church (EP Publishing). Nick has also taught on pastoral leadership at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Anna, have three sons.

    • Brian Cosby

      Dr. Brian Cosby serves as Senior Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, where he has served for over 10 years. He is an adjunct professor of historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He holds degrees from Samford University (B.A.), Beeson Divinity School (M.Div.), and the Australian College of Theology (Ph.D.). Brian is an officer (Capt.) in the United States Air Force Reserves, serves on the board of trustees for Covenant Theological Seminary, is an advisory board member of Beeson Divinity School, a content writer for Ligonier Ministries, and is the author of over a dozen books, including Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible, Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture, A Christian's Pocket Guide to Suffering, and None Else (co-authored with Joel Beeke). Brian enjoys reading, carpentry, and fishing. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children and live on a small farm.

    • Charles "Chuck" Barrett

      Dr. Charles "Chuck" Barrett serves as Associate Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, where he has served for over 7 years. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where his father was an Old Testament Professor at Bob Jones University and where Chuck also earned a B.A., M.A. in Theology, and Ph.D. in church history. Before coming to Wayside, Chuck served as the Interim President and Professor of Theology at Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville and an Assistant Pastor at a local Presbyterian church there. He serves as Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Chattanooga, and has written for several publications. He loves reading, hiking, kayaking, and cycling. Chuck and his wife, Bridget, have two children.


    Friday, October 20


    5:45pm – Doors Open | Registration, Coffee, & RHB Bookstore

    6:30pm – SESSION 1: Dr. Burk Parsons – “What is a Reformed Church?

    7:30pm – Q&A Panel: Burk Parsons, Richard Phillips, David Strain, Nick Batzig


    Saturday, October 21


    8:00am – Light Breakfast & Coffee in Fellowship Hall

    8:30am – RHB Bookstore Open

    9:00am – SESSION 2: Dr. Burk Parsons – “The Importance of Creeds & Confessions

    9:45am – SESSION 3: Dr. Richard Phillips – “Does Church Government Really Matter?

    10:30am – Break

    10:45am – SESSION 4: Dr. Richard Phillips – “One Church—Its Foundation & Unity

    11:45am – Lunch (on your own) & Break

    3:30pm – SESSION 5: Dr. Brian Cosby – “The Reformation Church Persecuted

    4:15pm – Break

    4:30pm – SESSION 6: Rev. Nick Batzig – “The Marks of the Church

    5:30pm – Dinner (provided in Fellowship Hall)

    6:30pm – SESSION 7: Dr. David Strain – “Threats to the Church—from Within & Without

    7:30pm – Q&A Panel: David Strain, Nick Batzig, Brian Cosby, Charles Barrett

    Sunday, October 22


    9:00am & 10:45am – Dr. David Strain, preaching

    6:00pm – Dr. Charles Barrett, preaching


    **CHILDCARE is available for children ages 0–3. Please notify our children's ministry coordinator, Sherry Moss, or office administrator, Mary Pat Mitchell, if you would like to utilize childcare.


    Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA)

    2502 Fairmount Pike

    Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377

    423.886.1181 |

    AFTER the conference, listen to the sessions here!


    2024 Reformation Heritage Conference (October 25–27)

    "After Darkness Light: The Recovery of the Gospel"

    Derek Thomas, Guy Richard, Greg Salazar, Nate Shurden

    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:

    • Kevin DeYoung
    • Ligon Duncan
    • Derek Thomas
    • Iver Martin
    • Ian Hamilton
    • Guy Waters
    • Guy Richard
    • Carl Trueman
    • Harry Reeder
    • Stephen Nichols
    • Collin Hansen
    • Richard Phillips
    • Nick Batzig
    • Hans Madueme
    • Gordon Reed
    • Joel Beeke
    • Kelly Kapic
    • Timothy George