71st Annual World Missions Conference

The Ministry of the Gospel in a Post-Modern World

October 19-23, 2022

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21

  • Conference  schedule (these events are subject to change)                         REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CLOSED ON October 16

    5:00 PM - Midweek Congregational Dinner | Fellowship Hall
    6:00 PM - Midweek Program - Dr. Ligon Duncan, Speaker | Sanctuary (Childcare provided)

    7:00 AM - Men's Breakfast - Randy Nabors, Speaker | Fellowship Hall
    NOON - Congregational Lunch - Andy Weatherley, Speaker | Fellowship Hall (Childcare provided)
    Topic: Church Planting and Reaching Lost Families
    2:30 PM-4 PM - Senior Adults Coffees in Homes with Mission Partners | Off Campus
    7:00 PM - Conference Service - Dr. Ligon Duncan, Speaker | Sanctuary (Childcare provided)
    Followed by coffee and dessert


    9:00 AM - Women’s Program - Ashley Baldwin, Speaker | Tower Tenth Floor (Childcare provided)

    Refreshments will be available

    NOON - Congregational Lunch - Antonio Coppola, Speaker | Fellowship Hall (Childcare provided)

    Topic: Unique Approaches to Reaching the Lost

    5:45 PM - Home Meetings with Dinner


    • First Pres Church (First Friends) - 37402
    • Andrew and Katie Scarbrough - 37343
    • Sorensen/Guinn - 37419
    • Mark and Nancy Hill - 37377


    9:00 AM - Breakfast | Great Hall, Covenant College* (Childcare provided)

    10:00 AM - Conference Service - Dr. Ligon Duncan, Speaker | Chapel Auditorium, Covenant College* (Childcare provided)
    11:00 AM - Seminars led by Mission Partners | Chapel Auditorium, Covenant College*
    (Childcare provided)

    12:15 PM - Congregational Lunch | Great Hall, Covenant College* (Childcare provided)

    5:45 PM - Home Meetings with Dinner


    • First Pres Church (First Friends) - 37402
    • Scott and Carla Brown - 37405
    • Jimmy and Joann Hellman - 37415
    • Hosts: Mike and Meg Kramer - 37350


    9:00 AM - Combined Worship Service - Dr. Ligon Duncan, Speaker | Sanctuary (Childcare provided)
    10:30 AM - Missionaries Speak in Sunday School Classes | SS Classes (Childcare provided)

    Mission Partner                      Adult Sunday School Classes                 Location
    Antonio Coppola                   Joy of Learning                                      Tower Building 258
    Amjad                                    McCallie/Anderson                                Chapel
    Ethan and Pampa                  Reformed by the Word                           SS Class Room 211
    Andy Weatherley                   Welcome All                                          Tower Building 301
    Nate and Nikki Bonham         Young Families                                       Room 202 (Children's Wing)
    Bob VanZyl                             Rocking Chair                                        Tower Building 302   

    11:30 AM - Celebration Brunch | Fellowship Hall (Childcare provided)

    *Covenant College: 14049 Scenic Highway Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750. Park at Sanderson Lot (Google Maps does register "Sanderson Hall" at this address: 9901 Scenic Hwy, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750)



  • Welcome

         Most of us are familiar with the term “postmodernism.” It began as a movement in mid-twentieth century Western architecture, but quickly spread its tentacles to literature, art, philosophy, and sociology. While postmodernism is difficult to define with precision, the main feature of this constellation of ideas is that truth and meaning are not absolute. Even more concerning is the fact that any statements of absolute truth are viewed by postmodernists not simply as unenlightened, but dangerous.

         The gospel is on a collision course with such thinking. Jesus told us that he is “the way, the truth, and the life.” His words are exclusive and absolute, the very opposite of postmodernism. The question for Christians today is, “How can we communicate the absolute claims of Christ in a world that no longer believes in absolutes?”

         Our 2022 Missions Conference is organized to answer this question. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, as our speaker for this year’s conference. He has addressed the challenges of postmodernism in venues around the world and will provide us with rich, accessible teaching. It will be a joy to have him minister to us!

         This conference is one of the highlights of our church calendar. As always, we will be welcoming many of the missionaries we support for home fellowship, hearing about their ministries, and supporting them in their work. We look forward to seeing you here on Oct 19-23 for our 2022 World Missions Conference!

    Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer, Ph.D.
    Senior Pastor

  • Introducing our new partners Abel and misha sisco

    The Siscos are serving at the Grace Vancouver Church, in Canada. Abel is serving as the Music and Discipleship Director, and Misha and their children are serving the church and city. Please pray for our members and now mission partners as they serve their City in British Columbia.

  • Why Support World Missions at 1st Pres Church

    World Missions is the foreign missions arm of First Presbyterian Church tasked with making disciples in the world—facilitated through the targeted selection and funding of missionaries, indigenous church planters, short-term teams, and projects that promote the establishment, growth, and maturation of indigenous-led churches and movements in strategic global cities. The Mission of First Presbyterian Church is to carry out our part of the Great Commission. To pledge or give please click here.


  • Dr. Ligon Duncan

    Our keynote speaker Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor & CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He is also currently serving as President of RTS Jackson. He served as Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church (1837) in Jackson, Miss. for 17 years (1996-2013). He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (having served as both Chairman of the Board and President), and was President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005). He studied at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv, MA, cum laude); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife Anne reside in Jackson, Miss. They have two adult children.

  • Andy Weatherley, United Kingdom

    Andy is the pastor of Grace Church Stirchley, Birmingham, England, since the start in 2007. Andy trained as an engineer before God called him to church planting. He also trains and coaches church planters in Birmingham as part of the church Birmingham Church Planting collective. He is married to Jo and they have 2 children; Ffion (13) & Josh (11).

  • Antonio Coppola, South Africa

    Antonio Coppola is the pastor of Covenant Waterfall Presbyterian Church, a church plant in the western suburbs of Durban, South Africa. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian and Reformed Church of South Africa. He is also the manager of the Mukhanyo Durban Advanced Learning Centre, the only Reformed theological college in the city. Prior to this, Antonio studied his M.Div. at Westminster Seminary California. During this time he served as a pastoral intern at New Life Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Escondido, California, for three years and was involved in its church plant in San Diego. He also was on the pastoral staff of St. Agnes Anglican Church, Kloof, South Africa for nine years.  Apart from being passionate about preaching the gospel, he loves hiking in the glorious South African outdoors, family, friends, reading, history, and great food.

  • Ashley Baldwin

    Ashley Baldwin serves as the Area Director for Mission Increase Chattanooga. Ashley has been serving and leading in the nonprofit sector for over ten years. Through her work, she has developed a passion for strategic, sustainable, and relational generosity between ministries and champions. Ashley graduated from Covenant College with a BA in Philosophy and Religion. She is a Ministry Venture graduate, Brock Fellow and Gotham alumni. She spreads the liberating message of generosity through her volunteer work with Generous Giving and The Generosity Trust. Ashley resides in St. Elmo, is married to her college sweetheart, Ben and is a proud mother to her two young treasures Ellie and Declan. In her free time, Ashley enjoys coffee, good books, hosting friends in her home or making new family memories.

  • Randy Nabors

    Until joining the First Presbyterian staff as Missions Pastor on October 1, Randy served with his wife Joan as senior coordinator of the New City Network and as the Coordinator of Urban & Mercy Ministries
    under Mission to North America. He is Pastor Emeritus at New City Fellowship Chattanooga, the church he planted and pastored from 1976 to 2012, and is a retired Army Reserve Chaplain. Served a church in Nairobi, Kenya for two years, and written two books: Merciful and Insufficient and.  He is married to Joan and have four children and fifteen grandchildren.

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  • Childcare

    Childcare is open during all conference events, except during the Home Meetings. To assist the nursery staff in planning, we ask that you please register your child.


    Midweek Dinner - no registration required

    $7 (adult, college, high school)
    $5 (middle school)

    $3 (elementary school)
    FREE (under 5)

    Family Maximum:  $25.00

    Registration required by October 16, 2022 for:

    Men's Breakfast: $10
    Menu: Scrambled eggs with side of cheese, pork sausage, skilled breakfast potatoes, fresh-cut fruit with honey yogurt, buttermilk biscuit with butter and jams, and coffee.
    Breakfast Covenant College: $10
    Lunch: $10 or bring your own lunch
    Thursday Box:
    Jimmy John's Sandwich (Turkey, Roast beef or Tuna), bag of chips, pickle spear and a cookie.
    Friday Box: Chicken Salad Sandwich, pickle spear & a cookie.
    Home Meetings Dinner: No charge (please register)
    Brunch Celebration: No charge (please register)

    Conference meals will be provided by Rib & Loin, Food Boss catering, Chicken Salad Chick, and Jimmy John's.

Conference event Calendar

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