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Knowing God
  • Overview

    Who is God? What is He like? What does it mean to know God? What is He doing in the world? What does it mean to be “increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10)? How does knowing God Himself change our everyday lives? Knowing God is an eternal pursuit; at this conference we will begin to consider these questions and more, and begin to scratch the surface of knowing and delighting in an infinite God. 

    The loftiness of this subject is described in one of the historic confessions of faith: 

    “The Lord our God is but one only living and true God; whose subsistence is in and of himself, infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withal most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.” – Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, Chapter 2, Paragraph 1.

    Knowing this God is so much more than a dry paper exercise – it is drinking deeply from a refreshing, endless stream of living water. Across the weekend, Knowing God will provide an opportunity to examine a wide range of topics, from deep dives into the attributes of God to practical sessions on how to seek God through the ordinary means of grace. 

    We are pleased to invite you to join us in marveling at the one true God, and growing in our knowledge and worship of Him.  

    Are Meals and Lodging Included?
    Meals and lodging are not included in your registration cost. You can arrange on site lodging directly with Ridgecrest by booking online here, or calling them at 828.669.8022. To book meals at the campus cafeteria, call 828.669.8022. If you do decide to stay off-campus, Ridgecrest collects a one-time fee of $25 per person at the front gate. 

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  • Speakers

    Dr. Joel Beeke

    Dr. Joel R. Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, as well as Academic Dean for students from the Heritage Reformed Congregations. He is currently a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a position he has held for 30 years. He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited eighty books and contributed over two thousand articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. (1988) from Westminster Theological Seminary is in Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology. He and his wife, Mary, have 3 children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

    Scott Brown

    Scott T. Brown is the president of Church and Family Life and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives most of his time to local pastoral ministry, expository preaching, conferences on church and family reformation. Scott helps people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family.

    Tom Ascol

    Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida, he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, specializing in Baptist Theology. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and Visiting Professor of Africa Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books in addition to authoring From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention, Traditional Theology and the SBC and co-authoring with Jared Longshore the forthcoming (2021) Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and internationally. He and Donna have six children, three sons-in-law, and a daughter-in-law. They also have thirteen grandchildren who absolutely rock.

    Dr. John Snyder

    Dr. John Snyder prepared for the ministry at Blue Mountain College, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He then completed a Ph.D. on the Eighteenth-Century Welsh revivals at the University of Wales: Trinity St. David. He is a pastor at Christ Church in New Albany, MS. John and his wife Misty live in New Albany with their three children.

    Josh Buice

    Josh Buice is the founder and president of G3 Ministries and serves as the pastor of Pray's Mill Baptist Church on the westside of Atlanta. He enjoys theology, preaching, church history, and has a firm commitment to the local church. He also enjoys many sports and the outdoors including long-distance running and high country hunting. He has a weekly blog on the G3 Blog network (Delivered by Grace) and he’s the contributing editor to the book, The New Calvinism.  He and his wife Kari have four children (two boys and two girls) and they reside in Douglasville, Georgia.

    Carlton McLeod

    Dr. Carlton McLeod is the pastor at Calvary Reformation Church. Dr. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Hampton University; a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He and his wife Donna have been married since 1992 and they have two beautiful daughters, Dori and Aryanna, and one handsome son, Jonathan. Dr. McLeod is relentless in his pursuit to compassionately teach with a biblical worldview. After spending his early years in ministry attempting to pull young people out of the kingdom of darkness with all the world’s methods, the Lord led Dr. McLeod back to the Bible to see the critical need for constant, fervent, and Spirit led biblical family discipleship. The was created out of this desire. His other passions in ministry include discipleship, debt free living, the covenant of marriage, the supremacy of Scripture, servant leadership with accountability, integrity, and obedience to God, family integration, biblical manhood/biblical womanhood, and missions.

    Pooyan Mehrshahi

    Pooyan Mehrshahi is the pastor of Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham, England. He is a native of Iran, and was converted from Zoroastrianism when he heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in England. He is leading the Persian Bible translation project with the Trinitarian Bible Society. As the chairman of the Parsa Trust, he engages in translating, publishing and distributing Evangelical and Reformed literature throughout the world for Persian (Farsi) speakers. He is a trustee of the Bible League Trust, and was a contributor of the KJV Reformation Heritage Study Bible. He is married to Becky, and they are blessed with four children.

    Jason Dohm

    Jason Dohm is a full-time pastor at Sovereign Redeemer Community Church in Youngsville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a B.A. in education and proceeded to a lengthy career in electronics manufacturing. Jason has been married to Janet for 30 years and has six children and four grandchildren.

    Toby Logsdon

    Toby Logsdon received his M.Div. from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina, and has served as the pastor of New Beginnings Church, located in Lynnwood, Washington, since 2011. He is the founder and host of He and his wife Kristina recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. They have 2 children, a son-in-law, and recently became first-time grandparents.

  • Travel

  • Lodging & Food

    Call the kind and helpful Ridgecrest Conference Center staff (800-588-7222) who will be able to walk you through the available rooming options and pricing choices. Many of the rooms allow you to sleep as many people in the room as you like. Also, on-site RV parking sites are available, and tent sites are available.

    Deluxe Room

    Deluxe hotels, Mountain Laurel Inn and Rhododendron, offer comfortable hotel accommodations and amenities such as hair dryers, in-room irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers and complimentary wireless internet throughout the building.

    Mountain Laurel

    Type: Deluxe
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed (5 suites)

    Amenities: Wireless Internet, Telephones with voice mail messaging systems, Computer data ports, Hairdryers, Irons and ironing boards, Alarm clock CD/Radios, Coffee Makers, Fitness room, Fellowship rooms


    Type: Deluxe
    Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed

    Amenities: Large rooms, Wireless Internet, Telephones with voice mail messaging systems, Computer data ports, Hairdryers, Irons and ironing boards, Clock CD/Radios, Coffee Makers


    Meal tickets are available for eating in the Ridgecrest cafeteria. Please call Ridgecrest at 1-800-588-7222 for food selections and to purchase tickets.

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    Pizza Hut - 2.5 miles
    250 US Highway 9,
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    Domino's Pizza - 2.5 miles
    108 Broadway St,
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    Taco Bell - 2.5 miles
    530 NC Highway 9
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    Subway -  2.5 miles
    202 NC Highway 9
    Black Mountain, NC 28711-3427

    McDonald's - 2.5 miles
    500 NC Hwy 9
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Wendy's - 2.7 miles
    591 NC 9 Highway
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