Exalting Christ Conference - September 7-9, 2016 

"Christ Exalted in the Trinity"
Featuring Dr. Bruce Ware

The Exalting Christ Conference  is designed to assist and encourage pastors and men in church leadership to preach and exalt Christ as they shepherd their local churches and spread the gospel in their communities.  

The 2016 conference will be at Community Bible Church in Vallejo, California.  The conference starts at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, and will commence at noon on Friday, September 9.  We hope to see you there!

Conference Schedule


The Exalting Christ Conference is co-sponsored by The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary.

Conference Speakers

Bruce Ware

Bruce A. Ware was born and raised in Spokane, Washinton. 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.

Adrian now serves as the Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Languages at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California, while yet remaining in partnership with SEPE in the preparation of Spanish speakers as an adjunct faculty and board member. Over the last five years, Adrian has also 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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

"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