Conference 2018: Christian Charity & Transforming Poverty Into Productivity


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 Christian charity and how the church has worked to transform poverty into productivity–especially in light of the modern challenges of humanitarian aid societies and a welfare state. 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.


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 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.


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. He is President of Emmanuel College of the Bible, and Director of Emmanuel Baptist Academy, a covering for Homeschoolers and a certified Biblical Counselor. He has been married for over 30 years and is the father of three grown children, and has 3 grandchildren.


Conference 2018 Schedule

Wednesday August 15
4:00-6:00 pm–Registration
6:00-7:00 pm–Supper at Trinity Free Presbyterian
7:00-8:30 pm-Session 1: Armen Thomassian: Meaning & Motivations for Christian Charity

Thursday August 16
8:00-9:00 am–Prayer time led by Dr. Daniel Michael
9:15-10:30 am–Session 2: Geoff Banister: Similarities and Differences Between Christian Charity & Humanitarian Aid
10:30-11:00 am–Break & Book tables
11:00-12:15 pm–Session 3: Armen Thomassian: Guiding Principles of Christian Charity
12:15-1:00 pm–Lunch @ TFPC
1:00-7:00 pm–Afternoon Activities, Free Time & supper on your own
7:00-8:30 pm–Session 4: Dr. Daniel Michael: Objectives of Christian Charity

Friday August 17
8:00-9:00 am–Prayer time led by Pastor Geoff Banister
9:15-10:30 am–Session 5: Dr. George Grant: Turning Poverty Into Productivity (part 1)
10:30-11:00 am–Break & Book tables
11:00-12:15 pm–Session 6: Dr. George Grant: Turning Poverty Into Productivity (part 2)
12:15-1:00 pm–Lunch @ TFPC
1:00-2:45 pm-Group discussion & coffee (Ernie Yarbrough: Christian Charity & Its Operation In Spheres Of Government)
2:45-6:00 pm–Free Time
6:00-7:00 pm–Supper @ TFPC
7:00-8:30 pm–Session 7: Dr. George Grant: Turning Poverty Into Productivity (part 3)

Saturday August 18
7:30 am – 10:00 am–SPECIAL SESSION–>Come join us as we have a special presentation from Dr. George Grant as we enjoy breakfast together in our fellowship hall! Dr. Grant will be sharing on the history of charity in the Church and how we can learn from it today. You won’t want to miss this!

Sunday August 20
Please feel free to join us for Sunday services as we continue our fellowship for both Lord’s Day services!


Conference Cost: Free

The 2018 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.

Sightseeing Opportunities

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

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