This year marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Yet 2017 also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Cornelius Van Til. In this conference, we will seek to demonstrate how Van Til consistently applied the theological principles of the Reformation to apologetics. We will then proceed to argue that covenantal apologetics, best exemplified by Van Til, is the necessary development and true heir of the Reformation.

Join us for a unique theological learning experience that has been designed to promote face-to-face interaction among attendees and speakers. Reformed Forum has always been about making Reformed theological conversation available and accessible to anyone who is interested. At the 2017 Theology Conference, you will have the opportunity to be an active participant in the discussion for an entire weekend. Attendance is limited to 100 participants, which ensures that each attendee has the opportunity to participate in personal exchanges with our speakers and theological contributors.

Our format this year will be a one day conference on Saturday. An additional Friday evening dinner event will be held for those who want to join us early.


Scott Oliphint
Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
Lane Tipton
Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; Pastor, Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Easton, Pennsylvania)
Jeff Waddington
Stated Supply, Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Lansdowne, Pennsylvania)
Camden Bucey
Pastor, Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Grayslake, Illinois)

Our conference will start on Friday, October 6 and carry through Saturday, October 7 and into the morning worship service of Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Hope OPC in Grayslake, Illinois.


All times are listed in U.S. Central (CDT).

Friday, October 6th

5:30–8:30 pm
VIP Dinner & Lecture (additional ticket required)
Van Til and the Archetype/Ectype Distinction
Jeff Waddington

Market House on the Square
655 Forest Ave.
Lake Forest, Illinois

Saturday, October 7th

8:00–9:00 am
9:00–10:15 am
Plenary Address
10:30–11:45 am
Plenary Address
12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:15–2:45 pm
Apologetics and the Five Solas
Live recording of Christ the Center
3:00–4:15 pm
Plenary Address
4:30–5:00 pm
The Reformation of Apologetics: Retrospect and Prospect
Camden Bucey

Sunday, October 8th

9:30–10:30 am
Morning Worship Service
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Sunday School


Early Bird Rates (ends August 31, 2017)
Main conference — $55

Standard Rates (after August 31, 2017)
Main conference — $65

Discounted Rates
Student (seminary or college) — $40
Child (2–18) — $15

VIP Dinner — $125

As we did last year, we will host an expanded all-inclusive VIP dinner event, where attendees will have the opportunity to spend the evening with our speakers and Reformed Forum board members and contributors. The maximum number of attendees is 15. VIP Dinner tickets must be purchased in addition to the conference registration fee. Dinner tickets can be purchased on the registration page at the same time as conference tickets.

Conference registrations will be accepted at the door, provided that enough space is available. VIP Dinner reservations must be made by September 22nd.

Location & Accommodations

Hope Presbyterian Church (OPC)
18215 E. Belvidere Rd.
Grayslake, IL 60030


Group rate hotel rooms are available at Comfort Suites (Grayslake). Reservations can be made online with group code PR5YK7, or by calling the hotel directly at 847–223–5050. The reservation cut-off date is Thursday, September 14th.

Comfort Suites
1775 E. Belvidere Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847–223–5050
Group Name: Reformed Forum
Group Code: PR5YK7