2017 Conference: Faith

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8 AM to 5 PM

 “For we walk by faith and not by sight”
(2 Corinthians 5:7)

God designed the Christian life to be lived by faith, which is the foundational human responsibility to receive sovereign grace, submit to the divine truth, and practice spiritual worship.
  • By faith, we enter into and endure in the Christian life.
  • By faith, we enjoy the saving and sanctifying grace of God.
  • By faith, we embrace the life-producing and life-altering truth of God.
  • By faith, we engage in genuine and spiritual worship of God.
Faith is the primary means by which we participate in our spiritual growth. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "we walk by faith and not by sight.
At this year's annual conference we will examine the role of faith in salvation, what it means to walk by faith, and how God's promises sustain us in this walk of faith. 
Pastor Paul Shirley

Come, fellowship and grow in your faith

The Grace Advance Mid-Atlantic Conference Experience:
  • Main sessions and various break-out sessions exploring the topic of “Faith” in various areas of your Christian life
  • An 8 am early bird workshop
  • “Ask the Pastor Booth,” for questions and answers on various topics
  • Christian books for you to purchase on a variety of biblical topics for your continued growth in the word of God
  • Vendor tables including GAMA Bible Institute, The Master’s Seminary, and others.
  • Snacks and drinks throughout the day
  • Affordable daycare for infants to 10 years of age (see general information)
  • Fellowship together in worship and songs, meeting other believers in the Mid-Atlantic region; sharing good Christian conversations, all for the glory of the Lord.

Main Session Speakers

Senior Pastor-Teacher
Belcroft Bible Church - Bowie, MD
Senior Pastor-Teacher, Counselor
Grace Community Church - Wilimington, DE
Senior Pastor-Teacher, Counselor
Berean Community Church - Milford, DE


(Striving through Faith)

Pastor Matt White


(Walking in Faith)

Pastor Paul Shirley


(Starting by Faith)

Pastor Nate Graham

Breakout Session Speakers

Senior Pastor-Teacher, Counselor
Grace Fellowship Church - Fredericksburg, VA
Senior Pastor-Teacher
Grace Bible Church - Purcellville, VA
Senior Pastor-Teacher
Baltimore Bible Church - Baltimore, MD
Senior Pastor-Teacher
Piedmont Bible Church - Haymarket, VA
Immanuel Bible Church - Springfield, VA
Hope Bible Church - Columbia, MD
Associate Pastor
Baltimore Bible Church - Baltimore, MD
Associate Pastor-Teacher, Counselor
Calvary Bible Church - York, PA
Senior Pastor-Teacher
Hope Bible Church - Columbia, MD

Breakout Session Topics

  • Early Bird Workshop  Praying by Faith (pre-conference)
  • How Christ Lived by Faith
  • Leading Your Home by Faith
  • Leading Your Children to Faith
  • Dealing with Fear and Anxiety by Faith
  • Sharing and Proclaiming and Defending the Faith
  • What is Faith? The Anatomy of Christian Faith
  • Men of Faith: Martin Luther
  • Men of Faith: Ulrich Zwingli
  • Men of Faith: William Tyndale
  • Men of Faith: John Calvin
  • Men of Faith: John Knox
  • Women of Faith
Morning Afternoon
8:00 Early Bird Workshop 1:00 Main Session 2
9:00 Main Session 1 2:15 Break
10:15 Break 2:30 Break-Out Sessions
10:30 Break-Out Sessions 3:30 Break
11:30 Lunch until 1:00 PM 3:45 Main Session 3

Conference Location:

Hope Bible Church
7195 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, Maryland 21046
443-200-HOPE (4673) ext-111

Conference Rates

  • $20 - Early Bird Adult (18+) Rate (Month of August)
  • $25 - Regular Adult (18+) Rate (September to October 20th, 2017)
  • $30 - Walk-ins (Day of Conference)
  • $0 - Young Adults 17 or younger (no charge)
  • $10 - Childcare (Age 0-10), per child (With lunch included)
  • $5 - Childcare (Age 0-10), per child (Lunch not included)
  • $5 - Conference Lunch (Optional)


Special Discounts:
  • Young adults 17 or younger (100% off)
  • Full-time pastor and wife (50% off the regular rate)
  • Group discounts of 10 or more (Early Bird Rate)

Contact the office for group tickets. All tickets must be purchased together; additions are not allowed after purchase. Group tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to another person.  Please have the first and last names of all members of your group. 



Scholarships are available.  Please contact the office at 443-200-HOPE (4673) ext. 4 or email us at info@hopebiblechurch.org. 


Cancellations and refund request must be made before the day of the conference.  All group discount tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another person.  The funds from all non-refundable tickets are donated to the Gama Bible Institute to support the effort to educate the Mid-Atlantic region with sound doctrine.   


Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the conference. During the lunch break you can choose to purchase lunch at the conference for $5 per person or make your own lunch arrangements. There are a variety of fast food venues in close proximity to Hope Bible Church.  Please note that the lunch provided at the conference may not be suitable for individuals with gluten or dairy dietary restrictions.  Parents with children in childcare are asked to pick their children up to join them for lunch.


Affordable childcare (per child): Infants to 10 years old:

  • $5 per child without lunch
  • $10 per child with lunch included

Please don’t delay; childcare tickets are limited!  Drop off time: 8:45 am, Pick-up time: 5:15 pm.  Childcare is provided for the duration of the conference.  All daycare children are provided with snacks, crafts, Bible lessons, story time, songs and outside play (children three years and older, weather permitting). During lunch, we ask all parents to pick their children up to join them for lunch.  Please dress children three years and older in outdoor play clothes.