2021 E3 Pastors Conference:

Save the Date: Oct. 21-22, 2021

Topic: “The Pastor’s Personal Ministry of the Word”

Featured Speakers

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville, Michigan. Pastor Johnson’s heart for personal ministry is seen in his church’s strong counseling program. Bob also regularly contributes to 9Marks.

Pastor Johnson has an MDiv degree from DBTS (1997). He and his wife, Cathi, have three children, Bobby (wife, Taylor), Rebecca (husband, Stephen Magee), and Arianna.

Deepak Reju

Deepak Reju is an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC., where he oversees biblical counseling and family ministries. Deepak is the author of several books, including The Pastor And Counseling (co-authored with Jeremy Pierre) and Pornography: Fighting for Purity. He also serves as the President for the board of directors of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

Deepak holds an MDiv and PhD from SBTS. He and his wife have five children, Zachariah, Lydia, Eden, Noelle, and Abraham.

David Doran

Dr. David Doran is the senior pastor of Inter-City Baptist Church and President of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as the Chairman of the Practical Theology Department and teaches the core pastoral theology courses in the M.Div. program. Over several decades at ICBC, Dr. Doran has conducted an effective expository preaching and teaching ministry, established Grace Baptist Mission, and expanded outreach through campus evangelism and discipleship, mission conferences and more.
Dr. Doran earned both his M.Div. and Th.M. from DBTS, and his D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Claudia, have four sons: David (wife, Abi), Daniel (wife, Melissa), Dillon (wife, Emily), and Derek (wife, Jen).


Speaker: Missions Director

Title: Apologetics in Cross-Cultural Contexts

Description: In this workshop we’ll consider what apologetic encounters across cultures should look like by exploring practical examples of contextualization within a variety of contexts.

Speaker: Ken Brown

Title: Apologetics for Local Church Outreach

Description: The biblical worldview addresses everything, and therefore can be applied to anything.   Whether the topic is origins, ethics, marriage, depression, revelation or any other, a consistent apologetic approach can be utilized. This workshop will suggest a methodology the local church can employ to regularly gather unbelievers to hear God’s truth, refute the non-Christian’s foundational assumptions, and point them to Christ.

Speaker: Jacob Elwart

Title: The Sufficiency of Scripture Applied

Description: How do we take the timeless truths of Scripture and apply them to a specific conflict in a person’s life? This workshop will be a case study that applies the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture by giving practical insight in counseling a Christian married man who is trapped in sin. We will explore what the Bible has to say about God, the gospel, and this man’s sin. Then we will consider practical ways that we can help him see his sin and restore his relationship with God and others.

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Compton

Title: Spiritual illumination: The Necessary Foundation for Effective Apologetics

Description: According to the story of the rich man and Lazarus, even if one were to rise from the dead and testify to the gospel, unbelievers would remain in their unbelief. In other words, according to this and other passages in Scripture, without Spiritual illumination there is no evidence that demands a verdict or insures a saving response to the gospel. Why is that and how does Spirit illumination overcome unbelief?

Speaker: Peter Cushman

Title: The Truths and Tools of Presuppositional Evangelism

Description: When sharing the good news, do you feel the pressure to be an expert in Islam, Atheism, and evolutionary theory? Do you get tongue-tied saying, “The Bible says”? Have you ever explained the gospel to a friend for the first time then wondered what to do next; should you give the same spiel next time, God, man, Christ, response? What if your friend says, “That’s nice that you believe that”? Should you just leave off there? Come rediscover the power of God’s word and learn about some tools that unleash it.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Snoeberger

Title: Varieties of Apologetics: A Survey

Description: While many nuances of apologetic method exists, it is possible to reduce the options to four distinguishable approaches. This session identifies and briefly describes each of these approaches according to three defining features: their respective understandings of (1) the extent of total depravity; (2) the relationship of regeneration, reason, and faith; and (3) the relative priority placed on the written Scriptures in the apologetic task. The approach traditionally known as presuppositionalism emerges as the superior approach.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Snoeberger

Title: Evidence that a Verdict Demands: The Appropriate Use of Evidences in Presuppositional Apologetics

Description: Critics often accuse presuppositionalism of rejecting all appeal to evidences in apologetic argument, but this is not the case. While presuppositionalists insist that independent evidences cannot compel faith, there is much room in the system for appeal to evidences not only to “help God’s little ones” (Machen), but also to present a consistent biblical worldview the weight of which may be felt even by unbelievers. Of concern in this session are texts such as Matthew 5:16, John 17:20–23, and 1 Peter 3:1, with special emphasis on Titus 2:6–10.

Speaker: Dr. Tim Miller

Title: Tactics for Discussing the Faith: Engaging Unbelievers with Wisdom

Description: Many Christians know they should talk to unbelievers about the Christian faith, but they struggle to know how best to do so. In this session, we will see how a believer can winsomely and honestly present the truth in a non-confrontational manner by using questions to guide the discussion.

Speaker: Jon Moreno

Title: A Good God in a Wicked World

Description: God is real, and so is evil. To many, this statement is both illogical and self-contradictory. Regrettably, the sincere effort to justify God to man by presenting an acceptable theodicy has historically come at the costly expense of the attributes and character of God. However, without providing all the answers or releasing all the tensions, this workshop will endeavor to provide a viable solution to the problem of evil that is both logically coherent and biblically grounded.

Speaker: Dr. Tim Miller

Title: Science and Faith: The Source of the Modern Tension

Description:  It is popularly believed that one must choose between science and faith. If one chooses faith, he must abandon science. But it was not always this way. This session will explore why the tension presently exists, and will demonstrate that if one chooses the modern understanding of science over faith, then science itself is impossible.

Speaker: Dr. Tim Miller

Title: Same-Sex Mirage: Responding with Grace and Truth

Description: Twenty years ago, nearly every American stood against what is called same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, public support has reversed in a strikingly short span of time. This presentation will trace the ideological shift, provide a biblical perspective on the issue, and suggest some ways believers should respond.

Speaker: Dr. Kyle Dunham

Title: Apologetics and the Canaanite Genocide

Description: This workshop addresses current controversies concerning the so-called Canaanite genocide of the conquest from an exegetical and theological perspective. I argue that the practice of ḥerem in ancient Israel does not constitute genocide but serves a unique function in preparing and purifying the land for the OT mediatorial theocratic kingdom.

Speaker: Dr. Kyle Dunham

Title: The Role of Biblical Creationism in Presuppositional Apologetics

Description: This workshop addresses current evangelical debates over origins and supports the young-earth, biblical creationist position from an exegetical and theological perspective. I argue that this creational viewpoint best aligns with a fully consistent presuppositionalism and thus constitutes a significant though often neglected aspect of apologetics.

Speaker: Kit Johnson

Title: Secular Ethics and Christian Witness

Description: Christians today are often dumbfounded by the ethical dogma and vitriol of secularists. This workshop will critique the foundations of secular ethics and describe how Christians can use the broken ethical presuppositions of secularists as an inroad for gospel witness.

Speaker: Ben Edwards

Title: Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock: Addressing the Alternative Worldviews of Biblical Counterfeits

Description: If our apologetic begins with the belief that the Bible is God’s Word, are we at an impasse when we encounter those who claim another source of revelation? This workshop will discuss the general framework for engaging religions that claim a connection to the Bible but have perverted it and offer an example of applying the method to Islam.

Speaker: Ben Edwards

Title: Addressing the Alternative Worldviews of Immanent Moralism

Description: A growing number of people in the West are adopting worldviews that emphasize personal experience and moral behavior that may be connected to some kind of spiritual reality but not to the biblical God (e.g., Buddhism, New Age, etc.). This workshop will discuss a general framework for engaging these belief systems and offer an example of applying the method to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

Speaker: Ben Edwards

Title: Battling on Borrowed Ground: The Unbeliever’s Suppressed Knowledge of God

Description: Believers can find common ground with unbelievers, but the ground they share is not neutral—it belongs to God. This workshop will explore the biblical teaching that the unbeliever has borrowed aspects of his worldview from the Christian worldview while simultaneously fighting against Christian truth. The Christian can utilize this borrowed truth as he seeks to persuade unbelievers.

Speaker: Dr. Sam Dawson

Title: The Hope We Defend: A Focus on God

Description: Evidence lies all around us for the existence and grace of God, yet at times we may be hesitant to fully use the evidence He has given us to defend the hope we have as His followers. The goal of this workshop is to equip and encourage believers as we consider the God in whom we hope, the evidence He has given to defend our hope, and particularly how He wants us to utilize this evidence in defending our hope.

Speaker: Dave Doran Jr.

Title: Making the Body Visible: The Ordinances in Church Planting

Description: What roles do the ordinances play in Church Planting? How should church plants and young congregations steward the ordinances? This workshop aims to discuss the vital role of the ordinances in the life of every church, especially the youngest congregations.

Speaker: Dr. David Doran

Title: Building a Biblical Worldview

Description: Preparing God’s people for apologetics is much deeper and broader than giving them a set of answers for a handful of common “tough questions” unbelievers ask. The conflict is not merely a few fights over difficult issues of the faith; it is a war between belief and unbelief. We must help believers develop a consistent worldview which is thoroughly biblical and, therefore, will be radically contrary to the view of those outside of Christ.

Speaker: Dr. David Doran

Title: The Sufficiency of Scripture Defined and Defended

Description: Many profess to believe in the Scripture’s sufficiency, but in practice depart from this doctrine as they shepherd God’s people. Advocates for biblical counseling have wrestled with and over this doctrine as they face challenges from outside the church and debates within it. This workshop will survey developments in the biblical counseling movement with an eye to evaluate these in light of biblical teaching and effective pastoral ministry.

Speaker: Brian Jones

Title: Apologetics for Any Given Sunday

Description: This workshop will demonstrate how you can apply apologetics to speak to unbelievers about Christ in your Sunday sermons. Brian will discuss the development process he uses and show you real-world examples from his own Sunday morning messages.

Speaker: Pearson Johnson

Title: The Great Obstacle to Belief: An Unfair God and the Problem of the Unreached

Description: C.S. Lewis once said, “Is it not frightfully unfair that this new life should be confined to people who have heard of Christ?” God’s judgment of the unevangelized is one of the most often-noted obstacles to belief. Is God unfair, or are we demanding a god of our own making? We will address this issue biblically and theologically, and give practical suggestions on how to answer our unbelieving friends who see this as an obstacle to their belief in the Gospel.

Speaker: Mark Brock

Title: (Stop) Running from God’s Justice

Description: The common Christian frequently seems to be embarrassed by God’s justice as though it were a hairy mole on God’s face. The postmodern has no tolerance for accountability and judgment–that is, after all, very exclusive and totalitarian. Our silence lends credibility to these false beliefs. However, God’s justice is his glorious, holy response to his creatures. It is a practical outcome of his sovereign reign. The goal of this workshop is to instill a conviction that a believer’s understanding of God’s justice is necessary in his/her sanctification.




Inter-City Baptist Church

4700 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101 Click here to view on Google Maps Airport: The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is 15 minutes away

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Allen Park 16400 Southfield Road, Allen Park, MI 48101 313-383-9730

This Hampton Inn & Suites, a 5 minute drive away, is our recommended hotel for this event. Reservations can be made for the nights of October 20th and 21st at the group rate of $109/night + tax by calling 1-800-HILTON and using the booking code DBS or by using this group link. Reservations must be placed by September 20th.

Best Western-Greenfield Inn – Allen Park 3000 Enterprise Drive, Allen Park, MI 48101 313-271-1600

Comfort Inn- Allen Park 3600 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park, MI 48101 313-323-3500

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Detroit – Dearborn 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, Michigan, 48228 313-336-3340

Holiday Inn Express 9000 Enterprise Drive, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-383-9790

The Dearborn Inn by Marriott 20301 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-271-2700

TownePlace Suites Detroit Dearborn 6141 Mercury Drive, Dearborn, Michigan, 48126 313-271-0200

Broadcast Booth 6550 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-389-5050

Brome Burgers & Shakes 22062 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-996-5050

Buddy’s Pizza 22148 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-562-5900

City Coffeehouse 6623 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-383-7510

Downtown Deli 22018 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-727-3354

Edison’s 20301 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-271-2700

Hungarian Strudel Shop 6816 Park Avenue, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-383-3440

Major Tomato 6547 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-254-9146

Mati’s Deli 1842 Monroe Street, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-277-3253

Moro’s 6535 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-382-7152

Osteria 222 22266 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-792-7500

O’Sushi 22431 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-562-4166

Punch Bowl Social 1331 Broadway Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48226 313-749-9742

Thai Vylai 6555 Allen Road, Allen Park, Michigan, 48101 313-768-5324

Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen 1679 Dix Highway, Lincoln Park, Michigan, 48146 313-982-1455

Westborn Market 21755 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-274-6100

Belle Isle Park 2 Inselruhe Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48207 844-235-5375
Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202 313-833-1805
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202 313-833-1805
Historic Fort Wayne 6325 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48209
Midway Sports and Entertainment 22381 Van Born Road, Taylor, Michigan, 48180 313-277-9156
The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124 313-982-6001