2015 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Dever



Senior Pastor,
Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.

Author of:
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

What is a Healthy Church?

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1985, Dr. Dever has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, including a church plant in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Dr. Dever taught for the faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University while serving for two years as an associate pastor of Eden Baptist Church.

Currently, Mark serves as the president for 9Marks Ministries  in Washington, D.C. He also serves as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a member of the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Mark has authored several books including a historical study entitled Richard Sibbes, four editions and two foreign language translations of a booklet entitled Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, and a full-length book of the same title.  Dr. Dever also edited a collection of historic Baptist documents on ecclesiology entitled Polity:  Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life. In 2005 Crossway Books published The Deliberate Church – Building Your Ministry on the Gospel, which was co-authored by Mark and Paul Alexander.

Mark received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University.  He also holds a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  They have two adult children, Annie and Nathan.


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Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile


Church Planting Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.

Author of:

The Decline of African American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity

What is a Healthy Church Member?

Thabiti Anyabwile pastored for many years First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.  He recently moved back to Washington D.C. to plant a church within an urban context. He is  council member with The Gospel Coalition. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters, Afiya and Eden, and son, Titus. He began serving as elder/senior pastor in August 2006. He served previously as an elder/assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University.


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Dr. John MacArthur


President, The Master's College & Seminary

Grace Community Church, Sun Valley

Author of:
Hard To Believe

John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and Seminary, featured teacher with the Grace to You radio and television ministries.

In 1985, John became president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), a regionally accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written many books. His newest releases are Hard to Believe, The Truth War, and Slave. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fourteen grandchildren.


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Dr. Abner Chou


Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., The Master's College and Seminary

Joined TMC 2007

Dr. Chou began to teach Greek, as an Adjunct Professor, at The Master's College in 2004 and continued full-time, teaching at both TMC and The Master's Seminary.  Additional, he spent two years teaching at Master's extension campus in Israel through the IBEX progam.

Dr. Chou has written several papers for Evangelical Theological Society, recently completing several encyclopedia articles, and has contributed to a Study Bible. He has also written an article "Myth-Busters" which was featured in Answers Magazine, which is a publication of the Institute for Creation Research. Presently, he is working on a book on regarding biblical theology of vision (Wipf and Stock), a commentary on Lamentations (Logos), and a book on hermeneutics (Kregel).

His current interests include hermeneutics, biblical languages, exegesis, OT intertextuality, NT's use of the OT, biblical theology, and Israel studies. Ultimately, he aims for students to know the Word of God deeply, study it accurately, and be driven by it to live fully for the Kingdom.

In 2009, Abner was honored as The Master's College "Teacher of the Year." He is currently a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He serves at Arcadia Bible Church participating in preaching, teaching Sunday school for both adults and children, AWANA, and music.

He enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, drawing stick figures, and spending time with students and of course his family. The Lord has blessed Abner with an incredible wife and ministry partner, Johanna, and three children: Nehemiah, Naomi, and Meital.


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