Gavin Ortlund
November 7, 12 p.m. – November 8, 8:30 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School
Contact: Anna Russell

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Beeson Divinity alumni and spouses are invited to the annual Alumni Conference, Nov. 7-8, 2022. Learn from author and pastor Dr. Gavin Ortlund as he speaks on the topic of persevering through the various seasons of life in ministry.

Early bird registration ends Sept. 30: $60 per alum and $50 for spouses. Regular registration begins Oct. 1: $75 per alum and $50 for spouses.

Gavin Ortlund has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Ojai, California since summer 2018. He is married to his best friend Esther, and they have four kids: Isaiah, Naomi, Elijah and Miriam. Although he grew up primarily in Chicago and Georgia, at heart he is a true Californian—his favorite place in all the world is the beach, and he's also into hiking, biking and movies.

Gavin has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in historical theology, and an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary. In addition to his online writing, he is the author of several books, including Theological Retrieval For Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway, 2019).

Conference Schedule:


4 p.m. Registration/Faculty Mingle (Divinity Hall Commons)
5:30 p.m. Dinner (Divinity Hall Commons)
6:45 p.m. Evening Devotional/Worship (Hodges Chapel)
7 p.m. Session #1 with Gavin Ortlund, “Persevering in Wilderness Seasons of Ministry" (Hodges Chapel)
8 p.m. Dessert Social (Divinity Hall Commons)


8:15 a.m. - Breakfast (Divinity Hall Commons)
9:15 a.m. - Session #2 with Gavin Ortlund,“Battling Disillusionment in Ministry," (Hodges Chapel)
10:15 a.m. - Break
11 a.m. - Beeson Community Worship with Gavin Ortlund, "When Kings Avoid Battle" (Hodges Chapel)
12 p.m. - Community Lunch (Divinity Hall Commons)
1:30 p.m. - Q&A Panel (Hodges Chapel)
2:45 p.m. - Prayer/Worship (Hodges Chapel)
3:30 p.m. - Break
6 p.m. - Reception (Cooney Hall - Regions Room Patio)
6:30 p.m. – Banquet (Cooney Hall - Regions Room)

Banquet Schedule:

6-6:30 p.m. – Reception on Regions Patio
6:30 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Prayer
6:35-7 p.m. – Dinner
7-7:10 p.m. – Update from the Dean
7:10-7:20 p.m. – Update from the Directors of Centers
7:30-7:35 p.m. – Presentation of Alumnus of the Year
7:35-7:45 p.m. – Remarks by Director of Alumni Relations
7:45-8 p.m. – A Word of Blessing from Dr. Robert Smith Jr.