1000 Sacramento Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95605
Oct 24 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Oct 25 9:00am – 11:00am
This year’s theme, “Our Holy Calling,” comes from 2 Timothy 1:9 where Paul states that God has “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace.” All Christians are saved by the grace of God and all are called to serve in various ways, but the call to serve as pastor or leadership position in the local church is a holy calling indeed. It is our purpose to highlight the great privilege and honor it is to serve the Lord. Our speakers have served in various capacities of ministry and are at various stages in ministry. Drawing from 1-2 Timothy, we will cover the importance of character in our ministry, the challenges involved with beginning in ministry, staying faithful during the long haul of ministry, finding strength to stay in ministry, and finishing well in ministry. I hope that you will come and be refreshed as we consider the holy calling which God has given to us.
Professor of Church History, California Baptist University
Lead Pastor, Northpoint Church
Monday, October 24
6:30 – Welcome
6:35 – Musical Worship: Steve Dahlgren
6:50 – Let No One Despise Your Youth: Taylor Mendoza
7:30 – Character in Ministry: Ray Van Neste
8:10 – Musical Worship: Steve Dahlgren
8:25 – Being Faithful in the Long Haul: Jason Robertson 9:00 – Closing Prayer
Tuesday, October 25
9:00 – 11:30 am
9:00 – Musical Worship: Steve Dahlgren
9:15 – Encouragement in Ministry: Ray Van Neste
9:50 – Finishing Well: Mike Nolen
10:35 – Musical Worship: Steve Dahlgren
10:50 – Panel Discussion
11:20 – Election of 2024 Pastors Conference President
11:30 – Closing Prayer
Ray Van Neste
Ray Van Neste is the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, Jackson, TN. He has served at Union University since 2001. He earned a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen and has published books and scholarly essays on biblical studies, pastoral ministry, and church history. An ordained minister, Ray preaches and teaches regularly in local churches and has served in pastoral or other staff roles in Baptist congregations in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Scotland. He is currently serving as interim pastor of First Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee. Ray also serves on the Board of Reference for Eagle Projects International, a missions organization. He manages pastoralepistles.com, which reports on the work of this study group and other research related to the Pastoral Epistles.
Taylor Mendoza is pastor of Student and Adult Ministries at Northpoint Church in Corona, CA. He also is a PhD student in Historical and Theological Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is writing on missionaries to California during the time of the Gold Rush. He has written for Rooted, a gospel-centered youth ministry blog, and served in youth ministry for over a decade before transitioning to adult ministries. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Theology degree from California Baptist University, and he earned a MDiv from Masters University.
Michael Nolen has served as Lead Pastor at Southwinds Church of Tracy since 2003. He has also pastored churches in Illinois and Texas over the last 35 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Trinity International University, along with degrees from Southwestern Seminary (M.Div.) and Baylor University (B.A.).
Jason Robertson is the Lead Pastor of Huntington Beach Church in Huntington Beach, CA. He is a California church planter, serves on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Southern Baptist Association, is a Count the Cost Champion of CSBC, teaches biblical preaching at Gateway Seminary where he earned his doctorate, is a trustee of the Providence Collective, and is a Communications Assessor for the SEND Network. He is the President of the 2023 Pastor’s Conference of the California Southern Baptist Convention..
Steven Dahlgren is Assistant Professor of Music at California Baptist University, where he is the Director of Practicum for the Worship Arts and Ministry degree internship program, teaches improvisational worship piano, and is the Collaborative Keyboard Artist for the University Choir and Orchestra. He is the Director of Worship Arts at Northpoint Church in Corona, California, where he enjoys serving the local church, helping them draw near to God, and living in community with fellow believers. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in music, and has served numerous churches in both California and Indiana in many different capacities including Worship Leader, Music Pastor, Administrator, as well as pianist and organist. He also maintains an active piano and vocal coaching studio.
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