Being Clear About the Gospel Conference

Date(s) - March 13, 2018 - March 14, 2018
All Day

Church of the Good Shepherd

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Being Clear About the Gospel is a two-day conference, March 13-14, in Vancouver for all gospel-centered Christians, brought to you by the Anglican Network in Canada and our Biblically Grounded priority. The Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). It is vital for all Christians, but especially for those in positions of leadership in the local church, to be clear about what the Gospel is and what it is not. And it’s important to recognize and reject the ways that people within and without the church try to either “improve” or “blunt” or “restate” the Gospel in non-Biblical ways.

In this conference we are gathering with two principal and one minor objectives. First, we want the central biblical texts and images to be clearly presented. Second, we want the current attempts to blunt/re-state/improve the Gospel to be clearly identified and shown why they are dead-ends.  We also plan to have three presentations that will help preachers to preach, Bible teachers to teach, and everyone to share the Gospel.


This conference is for everyone who wants to grow as a disciple of Jesus. New Christians, pastors, scholars, plumbers, teachers, salesmen, preachers, counsellors, young and old, the gospel is for everyone and changes everything. And being clear about it is a vital and ongoing need for us all.

The conference is hosted by the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC), but you absolutely do not need to be Anglican to attend. We eagerly desire for brothers and sisters from all Christian churches and denominations to be a part of it.


Here are some of the great speakers we’re blessed to have, with more to come!

Steve Griffin

Raised by career missionaries in Mexico, and with a teaching background in Spanish and Russian, Steve’s broadest interest is in Christianity and culture, and in equipping leaders for mission and ministry in cross-cultural contexts.  His doctoral work at McGill University focussed on the way in which the Spanish Protestant reformers of the sixteenth century thought about the church and its mission.  Apart from teaching apologetics and world Christianity at Ryle Seminary, Steve has served as a visiting lecturer in Christian thought in seminaries and colleges in Ukraine, the Philippines, India, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

He is married to Stella, and they have three children and one grandchild.

Mark Clark

Mark grew up in Toronto in an un-churched family and was a skeptic most of his life. He became a Christian at the end of high school and felt called into pastoral ministry in his early twenties. He received a Bachelor degree in theology and ministry from Tyndale University College (Toronto), and moved to Vancouver in 2004 to attend Regent College, where he received a Masters of New Testament Studies. In 2010 Mark planted Village Church with a core group of 16 people, which has now grown to a vibrant multi-site church of over 5000 people with locations in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada.

He is passionate about contextualizing the gospel, teaching the Bible, seeing people transformed by Jesus, planting churches, and seeing the gospel advance in North American and beyond. Mark loves to train up leaders in the methods and central priorities of ministry with an emphasis on theological integrity and practical effectiveness. He is the author of The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptics Challenges to Christianity (Zondervan, 2017), and resides in the Greater Vancouver Area with his wife and their three daughters.

Dr. Rick Reed

Dr. Rick Reed joined Heritage College & Seminary on January 1, 2013 as President after serving for fourteen years as Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa.  At Heritage, Rick teaches in the areas of preaching and pastoral theology.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He has been a presenter for the Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism and a guest professor at Nassa Theological College in Mwanza, Tanzania.  Dr. Reed is committed to using Scripture and  his ministry experience to glorify God in the training and equipping of men and women for life and ministry.

Rick is married to Linda who directs the Heritage Centre for Women in Ministry and recently completed a Doctor of Education degree at Southern Seminary.  The Reeds have three grown children.

Rob Goddard

Pastor Rob Godard has been Senior Pastor at Cloverdale Baptist Churchfor the last 14 years.

He has a passion for expositional preaching, the supremacy of God in all things, and to see Cloverdale Baptist Church develop a culture of evangelism where God’s people live for His glory and share His Gospel.

He is on the council of The Gospel Coalition Canada, and the British Columbia network, and longs to help churches become more and more healthy as they stand firm on God’s Word.  He is excited serve the evangelical world for God’s glory.

Alastair Sterne

Alastair Sterne is the lead pastor of St. Peter’s Fireside, a church plant in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

He serves as the chair of church planting for the Anglican Network in Canada, and is currently working on a doctorate in missiology at Fuller Seminary.

Brett Landry

Brett Landry moved to Vancouver in April, 2011 to work with C2C Network and planted Christ City Church in September, 2013, with the vision of establishing a network of Neighbourhood Churches in Vancouver.

Their second Neighbourhood Church, Christ City Church, Kitsilano, was planted on Palm Sunday, 2017 and they have plans to plant again in 2019.

Brett serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ City Church and has been married to his wife Alison for 15 years. Together they have three daughters, ages 12, 10, and 8.

Norm Funk

Norm is the Senior Pastor and Planter of Westside Church in Vancouver; a church that has planted 4 others in the Lower Mainland.

He has been married to his wife Nicole for 23 years and they have two sons: Matthew (16) and Micah (14).

For fun, Norm enjoys dating his wife, watching most sports and playing a little golf when the sun’s out.

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