Jesus Christ plainly told all who followed him as their Lord and Savior that they would suffer persecution—and in the history of the church over the past two thousand years this has undoubtedly been the case. There is clear evidence that along with the globalization of Christianity over the past two hundred years, the persecution of the church has likewise intensified.

In this timely conference, we will be looking at this history of persecution and its contemporary manifestations from a biblical and theological standpoint. The goal of the conference is to enable participants to be both more informed and more prayerful. To that end, this conference will conclude with a concert of prayer for the persecuted church.


Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers


Brian Vickers (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology at Southern Seminary, currently serves as the Assistant Editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Dr. Vickers is actively involved in leading short-term mission trips and teaching overseas. He has written Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation, and has published articles in Trinity JournalThe Southern Baptist Journal of TheologyEusebiaGospel Witness, and The New Holman Bible Dictionary. He is a member of The Evangelical Theological Society and The Institute for Biblical Research.

Thomas R. Schreiner


Thomas R. Schreiner (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a professor and the Associate Dean of the Southern Seminary School of Theology.

He also serves as the Pastor of Preaching at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books. Dr. Schreiner and his wife Diane have four children.

Bryan M. Litfin

Bryan M. Litfin (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is the author of Early Martyr StoriesGetting To Know the Church Fathers, and the Chiveis Triology.

Bryan and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.

Jason Duesing

Jason Duesing


Jason Duesing (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the academic Provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Duesing earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2008. He also holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University in College Station. Duesing has been editor of Counted Worthy: The Life and Thought of Henry Jessey and Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, and is author of the forthcoming book, Seven Summits in Church History. Duesing is married to Kalee, and together they have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey, and George.


Stephen Weaver

Steve Weaver


Steve Weaver (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky and an adjunct Professor of Church History at Boyce College and Southern Seminary. Dr. Weaver is a senior fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

He is a graduate of Liberty University (B.S.) and Southern Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D. in Church History).

Weaver and his wife Gretta have six children. He enjoys watching baseball and reading.


Nathan Finn

Nathan Finn


Nathan Finn is the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University. Previously, Finn has served as an Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Finn also teaches as an adjunct professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Seminary.


Benjamin Hegeman

Benjamin Hegeman (Ph.D., University of Utrecht) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at Houghton College, where he teaches on Islamic Missiology, African church history, and Christian worldview teacher training.

Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson


Jeff Robinson (Ph.D., Southern Seminary) is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. He serves as senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and adjunct professor of church history at Southern Seminary.

Robinson is co-author with Michael Haykin of the book To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children. They live in Louisville and belong to Clifton Baptist Church.


Tuesday, September 15

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Conference Check-In
1:30 p.m. General Session I: Thomas R. Schreiner
“Persecution in Revelation”
3 p.m. General Session II: Brian Vickers
“Persecution and Paul”
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. General Session III: Bryan Litfin
“Roman Persecution of the Ancient Church”
8:30 p.m. General Session IV: Jason Duesing
“The Persecution of the Anabaptists”

Wednesday, September 16

8 a.m. Breakfast (Optional $5 add-on)
9 a.m. General Session V: Steve Weaver
“Baptists and Persecution in Virginia”
10:30 a.m. General Session VI: Nathan Finn
“Communist Persecution of the Church, 1917-1989”
Noon Lunch
2:30 p.m. Short Papers
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. General Session VII: Benjamin Hegeman
“Islam and the Persecuted Church in Sub-Saharan Africa”
8:15 p.m. General Session VIII
“A Concert of Prayer for the Persecuted Church”


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