The 2015 Shepherd’s Conference was my first one ever. As a years-long lover of John MacArthur’s clear and faithful approach to teaching God’s Word, as a man desiring seminary training at The Master’s Seminary, and as one who has witnessed firsthand the ever-increasing downgrade of commitment to full inerrancy among evangelicals, being at the conference was a blessing of a lifetime. Weeks later I am still pondering the truths that shone with such power upon my soul, and I count the conversations with stalwarts like Mike Riccardi and Michael Vlach an immense privilege and highlight. The rich and gracious hospitality of our dear hosts was unparalleled, and the beauty of being led in worship by my friends John and Lisa Martin alongside the Gettys and Fernando Ortega was like nothing I have ever known. Seeing the swarms of men who have multiplied centuries of ministry experience, alongside newer and younger men closer to me in freshness, youthful passion, and hope for fruitful futures — with both groups devoted to the truths I cherish — descend on Grace Church’s campus for a week was a balm to my soul. Being reunited with friends in ministry as well as getting to meet numerous brothers I have only known from Facebook was an additional treasure. The Lord was inestimably gracious to me in giving me the financial and other means to get to Los Angeles with dear brothers from my local church. I will carry the truths and blessings from this week the rest of my life, and I pray that this year’s conference will be the first of many!
— David Alves