cessationist-conference-logoOn any given week, countless Christians gather and participate in strange practices they believe are true expressions of the power of God. From speaking in tongues to attempting to raise the dead, Charismatic Christians think they’re participating in modern miracles.

But are these miracles real? Are the Apostolic sign gifts in operation today? The Kootenai Chuch Cessationist conference will lovingly and carefully attempt to answer these important questions by exposing the errors and building a positive case for the real work of the Holy Spirit today. The real gift of the Spirit is far more necessary and powerful than many imagine.

Conference speakers include Jim Osman, Justin Peters, John Samson, John Reuther, Dan Phillips, Kevin Hay, and Andrew Rappaport.


Session 8: Round Table Discussion – Jim Osman, Justin Peters, John Samson, and Dan Phillips

A discussion about Cessationism and Continuationism. Some of the questions include: 

  • How does one stratify error in categories, like nonessential and secondary? Isn’t all error an essential issue?
  • What is the difference or distinction between hearing the voice of God and the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit?
  • How does the Holy Spirit move today outside of the illuminating work?
  • And more…

The Cessationist Conference was made in cooperation with the upcoming Cessationist Film From the makers of the films Calvinist and Logic on Fire. More information at: https://linktr.ee/cessationistfilm

Session 7: Why Do We Care?

Is the cessation/continuation theology merely an academic exercise? What are the real-world implications of the issues we have discussed? How does continuationist theology affect my view of Scripture? Continuationism undermines the authority of Scripture, the centrality of Scripture, and the sufficiency of Scripture in the life of a believer.

The Cessationist Conference was made in cooperation with the upcoming Cessationist Film From the makers of the films Calvinist and Logic on Fire. More information at: https://linktr.ee/cessationistfilm

Kevin Hay

Kevin Hay

Pastor/Teacher, First Baptist Church of Kenova

Kevin grew up in Southern Ohio and was called to be our Lead Pastor in 2021. He graduated from Shawnee State University (2007) with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He obtained his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2020) and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from The Master’s Seminary.

Kevin has been serving in pastoral ministry since 2009 and loves helping people come to know God and grow in their relationship with Jesus through the faithful teaching and preaching of God’s Word. As a shepherd, Kevin seeks to disciple those who have been entrusted to his care. He is passionate about cultivating growth and giftedness in the church and leading the church in disciple-making.

Kevin is married to Alicia, and they have seven children (McKenna, Landon, Meela, Madison, Liam, Levi, and Mariah). In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, watching and playing sports, reading, writing, and having conversations about theology over a good cup of coffee.

John Reuther

John Reuther

Pastor/Teacher Covenant Baptist Church / Lecturer, Reformed Baptist Seminary

John was converted from Roman Catholicism at nineteen years of age. He had been searching for answers in his Catholic High School and began to read the Bible. When he enrolled as a music student at Montclair State College in NJ he was blessed to meet evangelical Christians who invited him to church services where he eventually became assured that he was saved by the grace of God through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ.

John received his BA at Northeastern Bible College, in 1977, and his MDiv at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA (now Missio Seminary, Philadelphia), in 1984. He has been pastoring Covenant Baptist Church in Lumberton NJ since 1985. In 1975, he spent a summer in Japan and has always had a heart for missionary work. God has given him many opportunities to teach theology on the mission field.

Jim Osman

Jim Osman

Pastor/Teacher, Kootenai Community Church

Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was 3 years old. He achieved his life’s ambition by graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group.

After graduating from High School, he attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife-to-be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three-year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995.

Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction and as a Roofing Materials Application Specialist (roofer) until he was asked to take over as the Preaching Elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it as his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the Church that ministered to him for so many years. It has been a great adventure!

Jim is the author of Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual WarfareSelling the Stairway to Heaven, The Prosperity of the Wicked: A Study of Psalm 73, and God Doesn’t WhisperJim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden, and Liam.

Justin Peters

Justin Peters

Evangelist, Justin Peters Ministries

Justin Peters was born and reared in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1995 and then earned two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 and 2002. It was not until he was a preacher, though, that God brought him to genuine faith in Christ.

Though his first commitment is to expository preaching (verse by verse expounding of the biblical text), he is most known for his seminar entitled Clouds Without Water which is a biblical critique of the Word-Faith movement. As a full-time evangelist, Justin has preached in churches and seminaries in 42 states and 23 countries. In addition to his preaching ministry, Justin hosts a daily radio program and is the author of Do Not Hinder Them: A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion.

Justin married his wife, Kathy, in 2010 and they along with their little dog, Mia, make their home near Sandpoint, Idaho. More information about Justin, the ministry to which God has entrusted him, and contact information may be found on his website.

Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips

Pastor/Teacher, Copperfield Bible Church

The Lord saved Dan in 1973, when he was deeply involved in a cult (read Dan’s testimony here). Dan began training for pastoral ministry not long after conversion which, after taking him through various training institutes, culminated in 1983 with a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary.

After that, he taught at Talbot and other Bible institutes and colleges, and has pastored at various times from 1984 on.   Dan married Valerie Phillips in March of 1989.  They have four children: Rachael, Matthew, Josiah and Jonathan.

Dan’s ministry at CBC marks his return to full-time pastoral work after a hiatus working in the IT world. Dan appreciates the insight that this has given into the lives and schedules led by most of those he serves. In the interim, Dan developed an online blogging ministry including the popular Pyromaniacs blog.

In 2011 two of Dan’s books were published: The World-Tilting Gospel and God’s Wisdom in Proverbs.  Dan was installed as pastor on March 18, 2012.

Andrew Rappaport

Andrew Rappaport

Evangelist, Striving For Eternity Ministries

Andrew Rappaport is the executive director of Striving for Eternity Ministries and the Christian Podcast Community. He is the host of several podcasts; Andrew Rappaport’s Rapp Report, Andrew Rappaport’s Daily Rapp Report, Apologetics Live, and So, You Want to be a Podcaster.

Andrew is the author of the books What Do They Believe, which is a systematic theology of the major western religions, and What Do We Believe, which is a systematic theology of the Christian faith. He also contributed to other books like On the Origins of Kinds and Sharing the Good News with Mormons. Andrew established Equip Conferences (formally Spread the Fire), evangelism training, and outreach events.

Andrew was the English preaching pastor of the Chinese American Bible Church in Freehold, NJ. He is a Bible teacher, international conference speaker and has written numerous Biblical studies. Andrew also teaches seminars on Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and much more. Andrew served on the Board of Directors of Solutions Pregnancy and Health Center, a pro-life, crisis pregnancy center. He was very active with America’s Keswick, a Christian live-in addiction recovery facility.

Andrew grew up in a Jewish home and was saved at the age of 16 years old. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies, Magna Cum Laude from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. degree from Monmouth University in Computer Science. He and his bride live in Pennsylvania and have two adult children.

John Samson

John Samson

Pastor/Teacher, King's Church

John Samson is the founding pastor-teacher of King’s Church in Peoria, Arizona, as well as an author and conference speaker. He has a passion for the local Church and for the free offer of the gospel to be proclaimed far and wide. Inspired by a deep desire to proclaim the truth of the Bible without compromise, John is known for his simple, down-to-earth, verse-by-verse, expositional preaching. His passion is to proclaim God as He really is, and the Gospel as it really is, believing that it is impossible to have one without the other. In light of this, he is happy to affirm historic creeds and confessions of the Church as well as the Five Solas of the Reformation and the Doctrines of Grace.

John was born and raised in the historic city of Chester, England, situated around 20 miles south of Liverpool. Chester was originally founded as a Roman fort under the name Deva Victrix in the year 79 AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian.

Graduating from the Regents Theological College in England in 1987, John began his ministry as the Associate of the late Harry Greenwood. For many years John hosted a live 2-hour Christian television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as a 30-minute daily Bible teaching radio broadcast, “the Spirit of Faith,” covering central Arizona. Since then, the Lord in His great kindness has brought John out of much theological error and deception.

June 2022 marked 35 years in Christian ministry for John. Sensing God’s call to live and serve in the USA is very much a long-term assignment, John became a full USA citizen in February 2003.

John is the author of two books published by Solid Ground Christian Books – Twelve What Abouts – Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election has been widely distributed, helping many come to a new and fresh understanding of the grace of God and The Five Solas – Standing Together, Alone.