Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 - 25, 2020 Since the 2020 Christian Heritage Conference was cancelled due to Covid-19, we reached out to the two featured speakers -- Dr. Derek Voorhees of Boise Bible College and Dr. Douglas Foster of Abilene Christian University -- to share on the topic of the Christian's relationship with the government under which we live.
The focus, this year, was on how, as Christians, we can seek a balance of living in the tension between being both a citizen of this country and a citizen of the Kingdom of God. Christian Heritage Conference, held at Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, is designed to introduce and educate people about our heritage as Christians, including our heritage in the Stone-Campbell Movement. Toward that end we look to our history to understand that from which we've come, to the present to see how we can respond Christianly to today's world, and to the future to better enable our churches and ourselves to meet the challenges forthcoming. We hold that by staying true to the foundational principles of our faith, we can be better equipped to impact our world for Jesus.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you interested in or challenged by the variety of issues facing the Christian Church today? Do you want to be encouraged to be more effective in your ministry; in the congregation where you live? Do you want to gain some insight into how what we are doing on a local level fits within the broader Christian history and tradition?
This conference provides fresh insights to enhance how you participate and serve in your home church.
With care and programs for your children, Christian Heritage Conference is a great way to enjoy the Oregon Coast, begin your summer season, and “consider the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).
The afternoons are free to explore the Camp's recreational opportunities as well as the beach and nearby attractions.
Camp in your RV, tent, or stay in one of our cabins. Delicious meals are available for purchase in the Dining Hall.
Featured Speakers for Christian Heritage Conference 2020
The Christian Citizen with Derek Voorhees and Doug Foster
Christian Heritage Conference is designed to introduce and educate people about our heritage as Christians, including our heritage in the Stone-Campbell Movement. Toward that end we look to our history to understand that from which we've come, to the present to see how we can respond Christianly to today's world, and to the future to better enable our churches and ourselves to meet the challenges forthcoming. We hold that by staying true to the foundational principles of our faith we can be better equipped to impact our world for Jesus. This year's conference will focus on how we, as Christians, can seek a balance of living in the tension between being both a citizen of this country and a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Derek Voorhees, Boise Bible College Dr. Derek Voorhees has served with Boise Bible College since 2011. He first served as the Professor of New Testament and then, he accepted the invitation of the Board of Directors and became the tenth President of the college in June of 2017. He is known to students and friends as a scholar and wise counselor, as well as a fun-loving friend to all. He is the forwarding agent for “Asians for Christ” based in Thailand and serves as a doctoral dissertation project advisor for Portland Seminary at George Fox University. Dr. Voorhees has 23 years of located ministry service in Illinois, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho. He is a 1989 graduate of Ozark Christian College and in 1998 he received the Masters of Arts and Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary. In 2008, he received the Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Voorhees and his wife Nell have been married 28 years and have three grown children.
Dr. Doug Foster, Abilene Christian University Douglas Foster is University Scholar at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He served as Professor of Church History and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at ACU from 1991-2017. Previously he served as professor of history at Lipscomb University.
He received a PhD in Church History from Vanderbilt University in 1986, and an MA in Theology in 1980 from Scarritt College, both in Nashville, TN.
Foster's scholarly work has centered in three areas: understanding the place of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in American Christianity, understanding the development of the idea of Christian unity in American Christianity, and documenting the history of the ideology of white supremacy in American Christianity to find ways to heal racial divisions perpetuated in the church.
He served as General Editor for the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (2004), as well as The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (2013). In 2013 he published The Story of Churches of Christ, a brief introduction to the movement, and in 2014 recorded a video series with the same title designed for congregational study. He completed a biography of Alexander Campbell for the Eerdmans religious biography series in 2018.
He serves on the Boards of Stone-Campbell International (publisher of the Stone-Campbell Journal), Restoration Quarterly, and is Vice-President of the World Convention of Churches of Christ. He also serves as theological consultant for the World Convention of Churches of Christ to the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions. He is also part of the Racial Unity Leadership Summit.
Married in 1979 to the former Linda Grissom, Doug and Linda have two children, Mary Elizabeth Riedel (38) and Mark (33); and two grandchildren, Gavin Riedel (10) and Gwyneth Riedel (7).