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.

K. Scott Oliphint

K. Scott Oliphint

Westminster Theological Seminary
Lane Tipton

Lane G. Tipton

Westminster Theological Seminary
Jeff Waddington

Jeffrey C. Waddington

Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Camden Bucey

Camden M. Bucey

Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church

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.


October 6, 2017
  • VIP Dinner & Lecture (additional ticket required)5:30–8:30 pm

    Van Til and the Archetype/Ectype Distinction
    Jeff Waddington

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

    Please note: Ticket holders for the VIP Dinner should meet the group at the restaurant. Ample parking is available on site. If you need a shuttle ride from the hotel to the restaurant, please contact in advance. Registration at the church does not open until Saturday morning at 8:00 am.


October 7, 2017
  • Registration8:00–9:00 am
  • Plenary Address9:00–10:15 am

    The Problem of Thomistic Foundations for Apologetics
    Scott Oliphint

  • Plenary Address10:30–11:45 am

    Covenantal, Not Classical
    Scott Oliphint

  • Lunch (provided)12:00–1:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion1:15–2:45 pm

    Apologetics and the Five Solas
    Live recording of Christ the Center

  • Plenary Address3:00–4:15 pm

    Revelation, Reason, and Evidence in Acts 17:30–31
    Lane Tipton

  • Concluding Address4:30–5:00 pm

    The Reformation of Apologetics: Retrospect and Prospect
    Camden Bucey


October 8, 2017
  • Morning Worship Service9:30–10:30 am
  • Sunday School: Machen and Van Til11:00 am–12:00 pm

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