We are excited to announce our second annual TGC North Bay Women's Conference! We hope you'll join us. 

The conference will be held October 23 & 24, 2020. Our conference speaker is Melissa Krueger.

The conference will again be hosted by Santa Rosa Bible Church at 4575 Badger Road, Santa Rosa, California 95409



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Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013), James For You, and most recently Why Bother with Church. He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.

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Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes joined the Parkside team in October 2008 as the campus pastor at Parkside Church Green, Ohio. Jonathan graduated with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History from The Master’s College and has a master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, are parents of four daughters.

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Julius Kim

(MDiv, Westminster Seminary California; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is president of The Gospel Coalition. Julius also serves as associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California, where he previously served as dean of students. He is the author of Preaching the Whole Counsel of God and numerous articles. Julius and his wife, Ji Hee, have two daughters and live in Escondido, California.

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Toby Kurth

Toby earned his BS from UC Davis and after spending a number of years in the marketplace, he went back to school to pursue a masters at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. While living in Brooklyn, God redirected Toby and Rebekah towards full-time ministry, and they came home to California in 2009 to plant a church in San Francisco. He is married to Rebekah and has 3 boys.

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John Onwuchekwa

(MA, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He’s the author of Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. He and his wife, Shawndra, are the proud parents of one daughter, Ava.


After lunch on Saturday we will be offering these four workshops led by our guest speakers. Please read through the descriptions below so you can select your workshop when you register. Room locations at NorthCreek are listed as well.

Christ-Centered Preaching: What’s the Fuss? with Julius Kim (Room 117)
Preaching is an essential means to the mission of God. At it’s best, expository preaching represents God’s redemptive context. If Jesus is the center of our faith, he must be the center of our preaching. This workshop will discuss the importance of Christ-centered preaching, how it’s not merely forcing Jesus into a text, and how the gospel must not only be part of our sermon but shape the whole sermon. While this workshop addresses those who preach, it’s for all who want to deepen their understanding of the centrality of Christ in Scripture.

Shepherding Through Prayer with John Onwuchekwa (Room 118)
Prayer is as necessary to the believer as breathing is to the body—but rarely does it come as naturally. In fact, prayer in the church often gets subtly pushed to the side in favor of pragmatic practices that promise tangible results. This workshop will focus on the necessity of regular prayer as a central practice in the local church—awakening us to the need and blessing of corporate prayer by examining what Jesus taught about prayer, how the first Christians approached prayer, and how to prioritize prayer in our congregations.

Sexuality and Our Witness with Sam Allberry (Rooms 119/120)
Human sexuality has become a flashpoint for the church in its engagement with our world today. Yet, as Christians, we can't avoid this topic. This workshop will help us to think through how to respond to some of the challenges we commonly face, and to present a positive witness to the gospel.

Depression and the Gospel with Jonathan Holmes (Sanctuary)
Despair, hopelessness, fatigue—these are all words people have used to describe their experience of depression. There is something about depression which makes even the smallest task seem enormous. Why do we struggle with depression? What causes it? Does God’s word have something to say to those who struggle as well as those who offer care and hope to the struggler? In this workshop we’ll seek to develop a biblical and compassionate gaze towards this all too common issue.

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 28th

See Pre-Conference tab above

Saturday, February 29th

8:15am - Check in

9:00am - Worship

9:30am - Session 1: Confidence & Witness (1 Cor 1:1-9) with John Onwuchekwa

10:30am - Break

11:00am - Session 2: Unity & Witness (1 Cor 1:10-17) with Toby Kurth

12:00pm - Lunch on Campus

1:00pm - Workshops (see the Workshops page for locations)

2:00pm - Break

2:15pm - Session 3: Wisdom & Witness (1 Cor 1:18-25) with Sam Allberry

3:15pm - Break

3:30pm Session 4: Weakness & Witness (1 Cor 1:26-31) with Julius Kim

Pre-Conference on Sexuality

If you are coming to TESTIFY and can come early join us on Friday, February 28th for a Pre-Conference on Sexuality. It will be held at Clayton Valley Church at 5430 Michigan Blvd in Concord which is a few miles from NorthCreek Church. When you register for TESTIFY you'll be prompted for the Pre-Conference ($15 before January 31; $20 beginning February 1).



5:30PM: Registration

6:00PM: Sexuality and the Present Time with Sam Allberry

7:00PM: Sexuality and its Creator with Jonathan Holmes

8:00PM: Break

8:15PM: Sexuality, the Church, Grace and Truth (including Q&A) with Sam Allberry & Jonathan Holmes

9:15PM: End


Please plan to have dinner before you arrive for the pre-conference.


More information coming in August 2020!