The Steadfast Bible Conference
October 12-13, 2018
Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California
Featuring Dr. Terry Mortenson (Answers in Genesis) and Dr. Matthew McLain (The Master's University)
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Conference Registration

Below you will find details about registration for our 2018 conference in Bakersfield, California.


STEADFAST starts Friday, October 12 at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield and continues all day Saturday, October 13 with full-length sessions. Saturday's lunch is provided for all attendees.


Conference tickets can be purchased using the link below - you will be redirected to a secure website for payment. Your ticket will allow entrance to all sessions for both days.


Please contact Grace Bible Church with any questions you have about registration or conference details.

The church office can be reached by calling
(661) 66-GRACE or e-mailing [email protected].

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Creation: The Truth of the Beginnning

Featuring Dr. Terry Mortenson (Answers in Genesis) and Dr. Matthew McLain (The Master's University)
along with Dr. Steve Swartz (Grace Bible Church of Bakersfield)

It is not just a side issue which Christians can view as secondary.

This is an issue upon which hinges the truth of the character of God, the inspiration and authority of the Bible, and the nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without a right understanding of this issue, God becomes passive, the Bible becomes questionable, and the gospel becomes unclear.

This vital issue is the question of origins — creation versus evolution.

We are pleased to have developed rich partnerships for this year’s Steadfast Bible Conference. First, we are happy to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson. Dr. Mortenson holds a Master of Divinity degree as well as a Ph.D. in the history of geology. He has lectured in over 25 countries and serves as an author, speaker, and researcher with Answers in Genesis.

Second, we are excited to coordinate with Answers in Genesis for this conference. AiG is a Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively with an outstanding emphasis on key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

Third, we are thankful to welcome a new but vital voice to the world of Christian apologetics, Dr. Matt McLain. Dr. McLain is a paleontologist with degrees in geology and earth sciences. His research specialty involves dinosaurs and pterosaurs. He has authored numerous publications in professional scientific journals and serves as professor of biology and geology at The Master’s University.

Finally, we at Grace Bible Church are blessed to partner with Dr. Roger Spradlin and Valley Baptist Church this year. Alhough Dr. Spradlin is not speaking on this year's theme, VBC is graciously providing our venue on their beautiful Fruitvale Campus and has extended a wonderful friendship to this ministry during our planning in the past months. We are grateful for the commitment that VBC holds to biblical inerrancy and to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

More details including session topics will be announced shortly!


Tentative 2018 conference schedule. A full schedule will be available to all attendees upon check-in.
For directions to Valley Baptist Church please Click Here.

Friday, October 12

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration / Check-in
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Saturday, October 13

7:45 am - 8:30 am
Registration / Check-in
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Session 3: Dr. Matt McLain
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch (Provided)
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Session 4: Dr. Matt McLain
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 14

You are invited to worship with local congregations on Sunday morning.
Our hosts Valley Baptist Church and Grace Bible Church are glad to welcome you.

Please note that session times and topics are subject to change.

Why Steadfast?

The Steadfast Bible Conference exists to encourage and strengthen the body of Christ to be
"stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard" - Colossians 1:23 (ESV)).

  • A Warning and A Command

    We live in an age and culture that makes us want to question everything and not believe that truth is immovable. It's no wonder the Apostle Paul warned us, "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable." (1 Corinthians 15:58)

  • "Beloved, Be ye STEADFAST in the doctrines of the gospel. Know what you know, and knowing, cling to it."

    Charles H. Spurgeon
    British 19th century "Prince of Preachers"

  • An Encouragement

    This word STEADFAST is crucial in Scriptures and occurs dozens of times, warning us and encouraging believers to be strong in our faith. We know as Christians we are called to be different from our culture, and it is by standing upon God's Word that we are strengthened.

  • "Continue STEADFAST and unmovable in the profession of [your] faith"

    George Whitefield
    Great American 18th Century Preacher


    "...Continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven."

    The Apostle Paul
    Colossians 1:23 (ESV)

Contact Us

Send us a quick message with your questions about the conference. More contact details can be found on Grace Bible Church's Contact page.