I have followed the preaching and teaching ministry of Phil Johnson for almost 2 decades. He is one of my favorite living preachers. I listen regularly to his Sunday school lessons at Grace Community Church and have benefited greatly from his gracious and yet passionate defense of the Christian truth.

Phil is one of the world’s leading experts on the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon. For years he ran The Spurgeon Archive, an online collection of the writings and sermons of Charles Spurgeon. Being a fan of Spurgeon’s writings, I think his example of contending for the truth, is one with special relevance for those of us living at this time. I could think of no one better to teach us about his life and ministry than Phil Johnson. I’m excited about this conference and I believe it will be a benefit in blessing to all who attend.

Without Wax,

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 21

  • 5:00 p.m. – Doors Open
  • 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. – Registration
  • 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Session 1: A Precocious Heart and Mind: The Childhood of Charles Spurgeon
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Session 2: Q&A

Saturday, May 22

  • 8:30 – 9:40 a.m. – Session 3: Look and Live: The Conversion of Charles Spurgeon
  • 9:50 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 4: A Marvelous Ministry: The Preaching of Charles Spurgeon
  • 11:10 – 12:15 p.m. –  Session 5: A Truly Great Soul: The Personal Life of Charles Spurgeon
  • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:10 p.m. – Session 6: Greatheart At War: The Controversies of Charles Spurgeon
  • 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. – Session 7: The Downgrade Disaster: The Final Battle of Charles Spurgeon


Conference Pricing

charles-spurgeonIn our day, any contention, even if it is for the sake of Christ, His Church, or His truth, is frowned upon. Most churches are unconcerned with wolves in sheep’s clothing and fail to equip their people to “contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This spiritual plague grows worse with each passing day.

The modern church has much to learn from the life and ministry of The Prince of Preachers – Charles Haddon Spurgeon. A lover of sinners, a warrior for the faith, and a servant of Christ, Spurgeon faithfully defended God’s truth in a time when “compromise” was fashionable.

Join us for our Spring Equipping Conference as Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You, takes us through the life and legacy of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. We will cap the attendance of this conference at 200 registrants. We are not providing childcare for this conference, so ages 13+ are encouraged to attend.


  • Now until March 31 – $50 per person; $90 per couple/family

  • April 1-30, – $60 per person; $100 couple/family

  • May 1 Onward –  $85 per person; $135 couple/family


Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson

Executive Director, Grace to You

Phil Johnson was born June 11, 1953, in Oklahoma City, OK. He spent his formative years in Wichita, KS, and then Tulsa, OK. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa in 1971. That same year he was led by the grace of God to trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (If you want to read Phil’s own account of his conversion, click here.)

Today, he is the Executive Director and radio host for Grace to You, a Christian media ministry featuring the preaching and writings of John MacArthur. Phil has been closely associated with John MacArthur since 1981 and edits most of MacArthur’s major books. Phil also pastors an adult fellowship group called GraceLife at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. And he can be heard almost weekly on a podcast with Todd Friel titled “Too Wretched for Radio.”

Phil studied at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for one year, then transferred to Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theology (class of 1975). He was an assistant pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an editor for Moody Press before moving to Southern California to take his current position in 1983.

Theologically, Phil is a committed Calvinist—with a decidedly Baptistic bent. (That explains his love for Charles Spurgeon). Phil is also an inveterate reader and bibliophile. He has a beautiful wife (Darlene), three grown sons, three fantastic daughters-in-law, and seven adorable grandchildren.

Women’s Retreat Combo

On Saturday, May 15, we welcome Martha Peace as our guest speaker for our annual Women’s Retreat titled, A Fresh Perspective.

There is a $10 discount for our annual Women’s Retreat if purchased with the 2021 Spring Equipping Conference registration.

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