2016 Exalting Christ Conference Speakers

"Christ Exalted in the Trinity"

Bruce Ware

Bruce A. Ware was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. and educated at Whitworth College (BA), Western Seminary (MDiv, ThM), the University of Washington (MA), and Fuller Theological Seminary (PhD).  He has taught theology in several leading evangelical colleges and seminaries for 30 years.  Since 1998 he has served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he is the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, and chairman of the Department of Christian Theology.  He came to Southern Seminary from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Prior to this, he taught at Western Seminary, Portland, OR, and at Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  Dr. Ware has written numerous journal articles and book chapters.  

Bruce has co-edited (along with Thomas Schreiner) Still Sovereign and (along with John Starke) One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life.  Among the books he has authored are:  God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism; God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; his theology book for children, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and most recently, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ.  He has served as the president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (1999-2003), and the president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2009). 

Phil Foley

Phillip Foley is the Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church in Vallejo, California where he has served full-time since 1996. Phil came to know the Lord in 1984 through the discipleship ministry of Community Bible. Phil currently provides general oversight of the church and preaches weekly.  He has a passion for training and shepherding men to be leaders in their home and in the church, for women to experience the joy and freedom of biblical womanhood as they carry out their role in the various spheres of their lives, and for the generation to come to know the Lord.

Phil is one of the board of directors and a professor at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary in Vallejo, California. Phil is a graduate of Grace School of Theology and Ministry (BA), and earned a Master of Arts degree at Trinity Theological Seminary. Phil and his wife Becky have been married since 1985 and have five children and four grandchildren.

Scott Menez

Scott Menez is the teaching pastor and shepherd at Riverbend Community Church of Ormond Beach, Florida. Scott became a believer at a young age, and for the first 21 years of ministry , was involved in church planting in the rural parts of Northern California.

At the age of 40, Scott returned to seminary and graduated from The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California, and went on to pastor at Grace Bible Church in Hollister, California prior to his current position.  His passion to preach the glories of Christ and to train men to lead at home, work and church remains steadfast - he continues to teach conferences at home and abroad.  Scott is married to Gina, and they have three song in college and one in high school.  

Brian Borgman

Brian Borgman is founding pastor of Grace Community Church, in Minden, Nevada (1993-present). He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University in La Mirada, California, a Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California

Brian and his wife Ariel have been married since 1987. They have three wonderful children, Ashley, Zach and Alex, and several grandchildren. Brian is the author of multiple books including Feelings & Faith: Culivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective, , After They Are Yours: the Grace and Grit of Adoption, and a contributor to the Women’s ESV Devotional Bible. 

Seminar Speakers

Adrian Donato - "Christ Centered Preaching: Exegesis to Exposition"

Adrian Donato was sent out by Trinity Bible Church of Gilroy, California in 1996 to The Master’s Seminary in preparation for a life of service in the preaching of the glorious grace and gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Upon graduation, the Lord used the then elders of Trinity Bible Church and his local church in Burbank, California to affirm His call to go to Honduras, Central America, and start The Seminary for Expository Preaching (SEPE).  Adrian served for 10 years as Academic Dean at SEPE, and taught as professor of New Testament and Bible exposition.

Over the last five years, Adrian has been carrying out the vision of strengthening local churches and training pastors to preach Christ with passion, precision, and power in regions of Asia, Central America, and Europe. 

SESSION DESCRIPTION: This seminar will unpack the critical component of the preaching process with a view to understanding the distinction between Biblical exegesis and Biblical exposition with coordinate implications for the Christ centered expository preaching of the complete counsel of God.

Ryan Rippee - "Paterology: The Person and Work of God the Father"

Ryan Rippee has been a Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Knightsen, California since 2005. He and his wife Jennafer have five well-loved children - Gavin, Delaney, Liam, Caedmon, and Ainsley. Ryan received his formal training at Grace School of Theology and The Cornerstone Seminary where he earned the Master of Divinity degree with honors.

Ryan is currently enrolled in the research Ph.D. program at Southern Seminary with an emphasis in Biblical Spirituality (2016).  Ryan also teaches at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary in Vallejo, California. He has trained pastors in Uganda, Honduras and the Philippines, is a part of the preaching team at his home church, and leads the worship team.

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Ryan will examine the person and work of God the Father.  In doing so, he will consider His work in four stages, 1) planning and salvation in eternity past, 2) providing salvation in redemptive history through the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ, 3) producing salvation in His elect through the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, and 4) perfecting salvation in the consummation of His kingdom for His own glory and the believer's joy.  Finally, he will contemplate the Christian's proper response to the Father's work.

Tony Sanelli - "Philosophy of Christ Centered Worship"

Tony Sanelli is the founding pastor-teach of Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill, California. Born in Central America, he arrived in the United States at an early age and came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ in 1979. He first sensed the call to preach and teach when leading a Bible study for a San Francisco Bay Area musical group. This desire soon led to an internship and church planting. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1990, Tony has served as a youth pastor, worship leader, church administrator and pastor-teacher.

Tony’s ministry is driven by the desire to preach and exposit the Scriptures with biblical accuracy, a Christ-centered focus, and pastoral concern. Tony received a Bachelor of Theology degree from The Master’s Seminary in Southern California. In conjunction with his ministry at Grace Bible Church, he also teaches at and serves as president of Grace School of Theology and Ministry. He speaks at various conferences and camps. Tony and his wife Sheri have three children.

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Congregational worship is often unfortunately a seedbed of debate.  What constitutes acceptable worship? In this session, Tony will briefly trace a biblical theological (whole-bible) understanding and definition of worship.  Upon this foundation, he will reflect upon the joy and privilege of participation in Christ-centered, gospel motivated, Spirit-empowered New Covenant worship.

Todd Bolton - "Faithfully Preaching Christ from the Old Testament"

Todd Bolton graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Anthropology. Following college, he spent two years in China doing missionary work. After returning, Todd received his M.Div. from The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California in 2010.

Todd is currently Professor of New Testament at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary. He attends Community Bible Church in Vallejo, where he leads a weekly Bible study and teaches Sunday School. Todd lives in Vallejo with his wife, Rhonda, and their three children.   

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Attempting to faithfully preach Christ from the Old Testament is challenging.  There are so many serious pitfalls that some advocate a wholesale rejection of preaching Christ from any Old Testament text that does not specifically mention the coming Messiah.  However, preaching Christ from the Old Testament does not need to be limited to certain books and passages.  Instead, it needs the guardrails of careful exegesis and historical, grammatical hermeneutics.  This seminar will show how these guardrails serve not to limit where Christ can be preached, but show how Christ can faithfully be preached throughout the Old Testament. 

Andrew Arcilla - "Getting Discipleship into the Bloodstream of Your Church"

Andrew Arcilla is the Associate Pastor of Community Bible Church in Vallejo, California, where he has served full-time since 2013. Andrew came to know Christ as a young teenager through the faithful proclamation of the gospel through CBC Student Ministries.

As Associate Pastor, Andrew currently oversees the Discipleship Ministry, Home Fellowship Groups, and Adult Training Seminars. Andrew also leads his own weekly Home Fellowship Group and disciples several men in the church. Andrew has a burden for world missions, having taught at several pastoral training conferences worldwide. He and his wife, Rubyann, have three sons.

SESSION DESCRIPTION:  In Andrew's session, he will consider the important task of promoting a culture of church discipleship in the local church.  Getting discipleship into the bloodstream of your church may feel like an impossible challenge, but it is well worth the time and effort.  It will greatly benefit your ministry long-term, both locally and globally.  Andrew will look at Christ's mandate for discipleship and examine how this discipleship mindset might be practically reflected in your congregation, from leadership to youth. 

Jodi Ware - "Fighting Fear from Philippians" (Address to Women)

Jodi Ware grew up in Portland, Oregon, the youngest of five daughters, and graduated from college at nearby Warner Pacific University.  She and Bruce married in 1978 while he was in his ThM program at Western Seminary, Portland, OR.  Jodi has served at every church she’s been a part of as a pianist and vocalist.  While her main energies have been directed at serving her family, she also has had a regular ministry over the years of mentoring young women. For the past 16 years, Jodi has worked with the Seminary Wives Institute at Southern Seminary as its registrar and through teaching courses on biblical femininity, time management, and the Christian’s life of prayer.

Bruce and his wife, Jodi, have two daughters, Bethany and Rachel, and three grandchildren, Ella Rose, Gavin Edwards, and Ainsley Kate – the children of Owen and Bethany Strachan. He and Jodi love drives in the country, hikes in the woods, walks on the beach, time with their daughters and grandchildren, along with reading and good music.

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Many women struggle with fear and anxiety.  Jodi will discuss some of the most common fears, and think with attendees about battling these fears by looking at some indicatives and imperatives found in the book of Philippians.  The intention will be to grow in the fear of the Lord, and in diminishing other fears.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."                     - II Corinthians 3:18

The Exalting Christ Conference is cosponsored by The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary.