Speakers for 2019 Conference

jewish torah scroll cropThe 2019 Chafer Bible Conference (March 11–13) will feature twelve presentations by Steven Ger and Dr. Mark McGinniss.

The Old Testament is a wealth of foundational doctrinal information. From enormous sections of unfulfilled prophecy which are foundational to our eschatology, to vital Messianic prophecies central to Christology, our two keynote speakers this year will focus on two vital fields of study for us.

Steven Ger grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY and Aberdeen, NJ, where he was educated in both church and synagogue due to his distinctive heritage as a Jewish Christian.

He is an adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Criswell College, and has lectured at Dallas Theological Seminary and taught at Tyndale Seminary. He earned a BA in psychology and interpersonal communications from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steven currently serves as Senior Pastor at Messianic congregation Beth Sar Shalom in Plano, Texas.

He is the founder and director of Sojourner Ministries, an organization dedicated to exploring the Jewish heart of Christianity.

Steven will address the topic, “Does the Hebrew Old Testament Prophesy a Messiah?” The answer to this may seem obvious, but there are intense debates about this and the extent of this prophecy among scholars. He will address this in six sessions.

Dr. Mark McGinniss has been Professor of Old Testament Literature, Languages, and Exegesis at Baptist Bible Seminary for the past thirteen years and now also serves as assistant seminary dean as well as the editor for Journal of Ministry and Theology. His educational background includes:

  • Ph.D. Baptist Bible Seminary (Old Testament)
  • Th.M. Baptist Bible Seminary (Old Testament)
  • M.A.B.S. Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.S. Marine science, Richard Stockton State College

Dr. McGinniss has authored Contributions of Selected Rhetorical Devices to a Biblical Theology of the Song of Songs and “When Surgery Fails” in When Suffering is Redemptive. He has also written articles concerning the Song of Songs and several documents on personal suffering. He enjoys guest speaking at churches, conferences, etc. He and his wife, Joy, have five married children, three grandchildren, and zero pets! His academic interest is wisdom literature, Biblical Hebrew poetry, especially the Song of Songs.

Dr. McGinniss will take us through some key Scriptures to teach important principles of exegesis and then show how to transfer those conclusions to teaching the Old Testament. Students as well as seasoned pastors will learn a tremendous amount from Dr. McGinniss’ exposition. Although this sounds like it might be of interest only to those who are teachers, it will also challenge and inform anyone who wants to study and learn the Bible. Dr. McGinniss will teach six sessions.

We are certain to all come away with a much greater understanding and appreciation for the Hebrew Scriptures from this year’s conference.

Keynote and Daytime Speakers

Steven Ger

Steven Ger
Founder and Director of Sojourner Ministries

Dr. Mark McGinniss

Dr. Mark McGinniss
Professor of Old Testament

   Note: Schedule is subject to change