Conference 2016

For God and Truth 2016: Christian Obedience


Regardless of the themes, all truly biblical learning must come in the context of worship. Head, heart, and hand must be connected together to effectively serve God.

To this end, every conference day begins with singing, a morning devotion, and corporate prayer. Gospel love and fire is the only effective and lasting foundation for conforming our every thought to the pattern of Christ and His Word.

This year’s topic explores the nature of Christian obedience. With free afternoons, sight-seeing, athletic activities, and several meals hosted at TFPC, this conference will prove to be a wonderful avenue for fellowship, knowledge, encouragement, and most importantly growing closer to the image of our Savior.


Rev. Geoff Banister

Rev. Geoff Banister has been in the Free Presbyterian Church for 35 years and has served as the minister of the Free Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis since August, 2001. He was ordained less than a month before 9/11. He also serves on 3 committees and as the chairman of two of those committees at the Presbytery level. Rev. Banister and his wife, Sandy celebrated their 40th Anniversary together on March 27 of this year. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren who all live nearby in the city of Indianapolis.


George Grant

George Grant is the pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA), the founder of Franklin Classical School, the Chalmers Fund, and the King’s Meadow Study Center, and the author of more than five-dozen books. He served as an assistant to D. James Kennedy at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and taught at Knox Theological Seminary. He makes his home in Middle Tennessee near the historic town of Franklin with his wife and co-author Karen. Together they have three grown children and four grandchildren. Full Bio


Pastor John Weaver

Pastor John Weaver is a native of Georgia, and a graduate of Bob Jones University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and attended graduate school. Pastor Weaver is married, has four children and six grandchildren. He has been in the Christian ministry over 50 years and has helped plant several churches and Christian schools around the country. Pastor Weaver has traveled and continues to travel across America preaching and lecturing in churches, colleges and conferences. He has written three books: The Christian and Civil Government, The Sovereignty of God and Civil Government, and The Biblical Truth Concerning God’s Righteous Vengeance. He has taught Southern history and American history in numerous conferences, youth camps, and churches.

He is the pastor of Freedom Baptist Church and the church has an extensive cd, dvd and audio ministry that reaches all America and several other continents. Pastor Weaver endeavors to teach the whole counsel of God and seeks to apply God’s Word to our every day situations and circumstances. He believes that all of God’s Word is applicable in every area of life.

John Weaver is an expositor of God’s whole Word. His preaching style is in the tradition of those early American pastors whose pulpits were the cradle of America’s Christian liberty.


Armen Thomassian

After a rather sudden conversion to Jesus Christ in 2002 at the age of 19, Armen immediately started serving in his local church in Northern Ireland. He was sent in 2007 by the Mission Board to serve in Australia for two years. After returning, he completed his theological training in 2014 and subsequently accepted a call to pastor Calgary FPC in Alberta, Canada, where he has been laboring since January 2015. Pastor Thomassian is married and has two beautiful daughters.


Dr. Daniel Michael

Dr. Daniel Michael has been pastoring for over 25 years, and 16 of those at his present church, Emmanuel Baptist of Florence, Alabama. Dr. Michael, a certified Biblical Counselor, is the President of Emmanuel College of the Bible and Director of Emmanuel Baptist Academy, a covering for Homeschoolers. Married for over 30 years, he is the father of three grown children and has two grandchildren.

Conference 2016 Schedule

Wednesday August 17
4:00-6:00 pm–Registration
6:00-7:00 pm–Supper at Trinity Free Presbyterian
7:00-8:30 pm-Session 1: Pastor Geoff Banister: The Foundation Of Christian Obedience

Thursday August 18
8:00-9:00 am–Prayer time led by Ernie Yarbrough
9:15-10:30 am–Session 2: Pastor Armen Thomassian: The Motivation Of Christian Obedience
10:30-11:00 am–Break & Book tables
11:00-12:15 pm–Session 3: Dr. Daniel Michael: Christian Obedience And The Work Of The Spirit
12:15-1:00 pm–Lunch @ TFPC
1:00-2:00 pm–Pastor Geoff Banister: The Private Means Of Grace & Obedience
2:00-2:45 pm–Group discussion & coffee
3:00-7:00 pm–Afternoon Activities, Free Time & dinner on your own
7:00-8:30 pm–Session 4: Pastor John Weaver: The Scope Of Christian Obedience

Friday August 19
8:00-9:00 am–Prayer time led by Dr. Daniel Michael
9:15-10:30 am–Session 5: Pastor John Weaver: The Pattern For Christian Obedience
10:30-11:00 am–Break & Book tables
11:00-12:15 pm–Session 6: Dr. George Grant: Philippians 4 & Obedience In The Mind, Part 1
12:15-1:00 pm–Lunch @ TFPC
1:00-2:00 pm–Pastor Armen Thomassian: The Public Means Of Grace & Obedience
2:00-2:45 pm–Group discussion & coffee
3:00-6:00 pm–Afternoon Activities & Free Time
6:00-7:00 pm–Supper @ TFPC
7:00-8:30 pm–Session 7: Dr. George Grant: Philippians 4 & Obedience In The Mind, Part 2

Saturday August 20
8:30 am – 10:am–SPECIAL SESSION TBA


Conference Cost: Free

The 2016 For God and Truth conference is hosted by Trinity Free Presbyterian Church at no cost to you. Love offerings to defray expenses will be welcome.


To register, please use this link and fill out the online form.

Hotel Discount

Discounted Rates at
Best Western River City Hotel
1305 Front Ave SW
Decatur, AL
(256) 301-1388
Just mention the For God & Truth Conference 2016!

Sightseeing Opportunities

Civil War Walking Tour
Historic Decatur/Antique Shops
NASA Space & Rocket Center


Feel free to download the PDF version of the conference brochure below (outside & inside) to get more info on the speakers, sightseeing opportunities, and accommodation information