Ryan Rippee has been a pastor and teacher for 18 years, serving as Pastor of Calvary Community Church (2005–2017) and Director of Student Ministries at Grace Church of Napa Valley (2000–2004). He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis in History (1999), his M.Div. from The Cornerstone Seminary (2007), and his Ph.D. from Southern Seminary with an emphasis in Biblical Spirituality (2016), where he wrote his dissertation on God the Father (entitled, “That God May Be All in All: A Paterology Demonstrating That the Father Is the Initiator of All Divine Activity”). He is currently Professor of Theology and Church History at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary, where he teaches Church History, Paterology and Worship. He and his wife Jennafer have five children (Gavin, Delaney, Liam, Caedmon, and Ainsley).
SEMINAR TITLE: Preaching that Exalts Christ: Lessons from the Pulpit Ministry of Steve Fernandez
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: In this seminar, we will look at the preaching ministry of Steve Fernandez and, in doing so, develop a theology of preaching as worship. We will examine five distinguishing characteristics of Fernandez’s pulpit worship: 1) A determination to behold the Lord Jesus Christ in his glorious supremacy and all-sufficiency. 2) A remembrance of the Triune God’s eternal, infinite love revealed in the Gospel. 3) A commitment to Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered exposition of the Scriptures. 4) A loving shepherd’s heart for the people under our care. 5) A passion to spread the glory of Christ to all peoples. In doing so, I will argue that this theology of preaching as worship is the kind of preaching that delivers, convicts, comforts, encourages and transforms its listeners by the Spirit through the Gospel to the glory of God the Father in the face of Jesus Christ.
PRE-CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS: How to Develop Your Worship Team. In this pre-conference seminar, we will have a Q&A panel answering a number of questions on how to develop your worship team. From the broader issues of shepherding, theology and philosophy of music ministry, to the more practical questions of choirs, leading a team, selecting musicians and band mix, the role of vocalists, resources, etc., our desire is to help you and
Kempiz was saved at the age of 17, having come to grips with the reality of his sinful condition and the infinite value of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is married to his best friend and most treasured partner in the ministry, Andrea. They are the blessed parents of 6 precious kids (one in heaven, 5 on earth). He has the wonderful privilege of shepherding God’s people at Calvary Bible Church, Burbank, CA. He’s a graduate of The Master’s Seminary, and has had the underserved blessing of traveling to various countries doing leadership training & church strengthening.
SEMINAR TITLE: Pitfalls to Avoid in Leadership
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: Leadership in God’s church is both an exhilarating privilege and a solemn responsibility. Whether you are a head or staff pastor, lay elder, or a lay leader, you are feeling “both” the weight and wonder of ministering to God’s people. The servant of Christ desires more than anything to be well-pleasing to the Lord, to self-sacrificially giving of himself as Christ has done for him. It’s in the midst of doing God’s work, however, that we must do everything we can, by His grace, to avoid some of the pitfalls of ministry that we caution & warn God’s people about. In this session we want to look at some of these dangers to guard against, if we are to be faithful to our Exalted Christ, the Chief Shepherd of His church.
Becky Foley came to know Christ more than 40 years ago. She has attended Community Bible Church (CBC) in Vallejo for over three decades, where she supports her husband, Phil,who serves as the lead pastor. For 20 years, she was involved at various levels in the preschool ministry at CBC – starting as a teacher and later serving as the director of the ministry. She currently serves at CBC by overseeing the Mother’s Club ministry, serving on the Women’s Ministry core leadership team, along with teaching, discipling, and counseling women. She especially likes to encourage women with Scripture memorization and meditation. Becky and her husband Phil have been married for 33 years, and have four married children, one teenager, and five grandchildren.