We warmly welcomed you to the 2016 Verity Conference. The centerpiece of Verity's conferences was Christ-centered biblical teaching that encouraged and further equipped you to minister the Scriptures well. This year it was our delight to welcome Mary Willson, who spoke on God's grace in Deuteronomy during three plenary sessions.
Mary serves as the associate director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She is presently engaged in Old Testament doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her academic work, Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has many nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.
Attendees had the opportunity to choose one workshop from four great options: Understanding Redemptive History, Tracing Biblical Themes, Christ in the Pentateuch, and Bible Study Methods. You can see details about the teachers and workshops below.
The conference began on Friday evening with worship and one plenary session taught by Mary. On Saturday, we gathered for worship and to hear more from Mary at 9am. Her first session was followed by workshops and lunch. After lunch, we met again for one final plenary session, as well as a panel discussion and book giveaway.
We offered a chance to buy books at the conference. We see it as part of our ministry to offer you books at a discount below online retailers. When you registered for the conference, you also had the opportunity of an even better deal on The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie or a mystery package of some of our favorites. Many other books were available for purchase at the conference as well. Of course, there was also a giveaway! We were able to give away dozens upon dozens of books!
There was one workshop session during our conference. Those who attended had the hard choice between these options.
Understanding Redemptive History – Whitney Woollard
The Bible is one, cohesive story about God's redemption of his people through the work of Christ. This workshop will explain the concept of redemptive history, show how the Bible fits together, and enable you to begin to apply these concepts to your teaching.
Whitney Woollard earned her M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) from Western Seminary, where she's currently pursuing further theological training and working part time. She is most passionate about equipping others to read and study God's Word well so that they might grow in affection for Jesus and His glorious gospel message. She is a regular contributor to "Gospel-Centered Discipleship" and writes for various guest blogs. She and her husband Neal live in Portland, Oregon, where she ministers to women at Hinson Baptist Church.
Tracing Biblical Themes- Taylor Turkington
One of the most exciting things about the one, cohesive story of the Bible is that you can see themes running throughout, like threads that lead us to the tapestry of the bigger picture. Our eyes are opened as we pay attention to how they progress and develop. This workshop will show you the beautiful unity of God's Word as we trace various themes leading us to Christ. Biblical theology themes not only help us read our Bibles better, but they reveal clear application for everyday life. We'll rejoice in seeing both.
Taylor Turkington is the co-director of Verity Fellowship. She has ministered the gospel in parachurch and church contexts for 11 years. She earned her M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) from Western Seminary and is currently in the D.Min. program. Taylor loves teaching the Bible and discipling others. You will find her writing on the Verity Blog and other ministry blogs and journals.
Christ in the Pentateuch- Katie Roberts
Sometimes the Old Testament, and especially the first five books that contain the Law of Moses, can seem disconnected from grace of the New Testament. But Jesus said that the entire Bible, including Moses, pointed to him and the gospel. This workshop will show you how the author of the Pentateuch arranged his writing to clearly point to the Messiah. You will be better equipped to teach this section of Scripture in the light of Christ.
Katie Roberts is the co-director of Verity Fellowship. She has taught women's Bible studies for the past 13 years and has led women's ministry at her church in Eugene for the past seven. She is passionate about teaching the Bible to women, especially in light of how all of Scripture points to Jesus. Most of all, she longs for the return of Jesus. Katie earned her M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) from Western Seminary.
Bible Study Methods- Adrienne Lawrence
The audio for this workshop is unavailable, but look for a blog post from Adrienne describing Bible interpretation soon!
Maybe you’ve been teaching Bible studies for years and want to refine your skills or maybe you’ve just started to dig into God’s word. All of us can grow in our ability to understand God’s word in its context and to apply it to our lives and the lives of others. This hands-on workshop will give you tools to grow in your ability to understand the Bible and to write effective questions to help others understand it as well. We will then practice using those tools with different passages of Scripture.
Adrienne Lawrence has been involved in ministry since she started leading Bible studies for her Inter-Varsity college group several decades ago. She earned her M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Since then, she has spoken at retreats, discipled women, and continued to lead Bible studies. Her current project is working with a group of women at her church to write a Bible study on the book of Mark. She finds this work incredibly invigorating as well as challenging. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband, Michael (lead pastor Hinson Baptist Church) and five children.