Doctrine and Devotion

Reformed Theology. Reformed Hearts.

Doctrine and Devotion's first conference is happening on March 11th, 2017 in the western suburbs of Chicago. This one day event will focus on the use of confessions in the life of the Christian and the local church as it relates to faith and godliness. For hotel and local church options scroll to the bottom of this page.




Dr. Jim Renihan is the Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California. He is a pastor/theologian/historian/author you need to know.

You can follow Jim online via Twitter at @IRBS_1689, on Facebook, and at the IRBS website. His new book, Faith and Life for Baptists: The Documents of the London Particular Baptist Assemblies, 1689-1694 is an important work for all baptists who want a better grasp on where we came from and what our forefathers were working through in during our early days.



Joe Thorn is the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship and the author of a few books. His most recent work is a 3 volume set on the local church coming out in march through Moody Publishers.

When and Where

The conference is going down on March 11, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. We will meet at New Covenant Bible Church in St. Charles, IL.


What You Get

Conference attendees will receive a custom conference journal featuring artwork from Peter Voth, and a digital download (video) of all four sessions.

Plus, the first 200 to register for the full conference will get some great free books, including Carl Trueman's, The Creedal Imperative and Joe's Thorn's, The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People. We will be announcing the other books in the coming weeks.

Conference Schedule

9:00 AM Registration Opens

10:00 AM Welcome

10:15 AM "Why Confessions?" - Dr. Jim Renihan

11:00 AM Break

11:15 AM "Confessions and Scripture" - Dr. Jim Renihan

12:00 PM Lunch Break

1:30 PM Welcome Back

1:45 PM "Why The 1689 Confession?" - Dr. Jim Renihan

2:30 PM "The Christian Who Confesses" - Joe Thorn

3:15 PM Q&A with Jim Renihan, Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler

4:00 PM Conference Concludes


Full Conference Registration $47

Register online to attend the conference in person and you receive a custom journal for taking notes and a digital download (video) of all four session.

STUDENT RATE: Full Conference Registration $20

Students present at the event can get in on the full conference package for over 50% off.

Digital Download of Conference $30

If you can't make it to the conference you can register for the digital download (video) of all four sessions.

On Site Registration $55

If you forget to register online you can still join us, but it will cost you a bit more. $55 at the door.


Those who register before February 1, 2017 get the early bird discount. Seating is limited, so register now!

If you are unable to attend the conference you can
purchase the conference videos here.


For those staying overnight the closest hotel is the Fairfield Inn and Suites in St. Charles. The hotel is only 3 miles away from the event (about a 5 minute drive.) and close to a number of restaurants and stores.


Local Churches

If you're staying in St. Charles into Sunday you can join us for worship at Redeemer Fellowship where Dr. Renihan will be preaching at both of our morning services. We also recommend New Covenant Bible Church in St. Charles, and Westminster Presbyterian in Elgin.

Redeemer Fellowship - website / map
New Covenant Bible Church - website / map
Westminster Presbyterian - website / map

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