November 19-20, 2021

Cost: $125

The RESTORE conference will be looking at an understanding of God gleaned from Scripture which shapes our call as Christians - the work of God in restoring humanity taken up by the church. 

During the two day conference we will be covering such things as the solicitude of God and how this is to be taken up in our own lives, the wonder of creation and how to live well within the created order, and the practice of presence with God and with people. 

Scripture will serve as a foundation out of which these themes are gleaned.


Chris Webb
Chris Webb is an Anglican priest, author, speaker and teacher dedicated to helping people experience a richer walk with God by growing in prayer and the spiritual life.
Chris works as Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey Retreat House. He has ministered in a wide variety of contexts: as president of Renovaré, a spiritual formation ministry in the USA; as parish priest in Welsh farming communities and steelworking towns; and even in a church for the homeless.
He is the author of two books: The Fire of the Word (2011) and God-Soaked Life (2017). He and his family live in the heart of rural Leicestershire.
MaryKate Morse
MaryKate Morse is the Executive Dean of Portland Seminary at George Fox University and a professor of Leadership & Spiritual Formation. She is also the Lead Mentor in the Doctor of Ministry program on Leadership & Spiritual Formation. She is a church planter, spiritual director, leadership mentor and coach, speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence, A Guidebook to Prayer, and Lifelong Leadership. She is passionate about companioning and resourcing people on the front lines of ministry.  

Siang-Yang Tan
Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D. (McGill University) is Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale. He is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. 

He has published numerous articles and books, including three major texts, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic, 2011), Lay Counseling (2nd ed., with Eric Scalise, Zondervan, 2016), and Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry (Baker Academic, 2019), Full Service (Baker, 2006), Coping with Depression (2nd ed., with John Ortberg, Baker, 2004), Rest (Regent College Publishing, 2003), and Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Douglas Gregg, Zondervan, 1997). 

He is married to Angela and they live in Pasadena, California.  They have two grown children Carolyn and Andrew who is married to Jenn. He is originally from Singapore.

Richard Hovey

Richard Hovey is a pastor, teacher, and founding director of Renovaré Canada. He has pastored in various locations in different provinces over the past 25 years, serving both rural and urban churches, and is currently serving as an Associate Pastor for First Baptist in Regina, SK. His passions include spiritual formation, which he teaches at Briercrest Seminary (Caronport, SK). Richard holds a BA in Sociology, MA in Pastoral Counselling, MA in Theology, and a DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. He is married to Julie and they reside in Caronport, SK; they have 3 daughters (two grown and one at home).

Jeffrey P. Greenman

Jeffrey P. Greenman is President and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College. Prior to assuming his present role in 2015, he served as Academic Dean and Executive Vice President at Regent.

Dr. Greenman is an experienced leader in evangelical theological education. Between 2005–2013, he served as Associate Dean of Biblical & Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Previously, he worked for nine years at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, where he held the R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership (2003–2005), served as Vice President & Academic Dean (1998–2003), and directed a Master of Theological Studies program (1996–1998). Before taking up these leadership roles in theological education, he worked in the US government in the areas of education and juvenile justice, as well as working in national politics and in educational consulting.

Pilar Gateman
Ven. Dr. Pilar Gateman is an apprentice of Jesus who also works as the Executive Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Calgary. Her doctoral research was in the area of the Spiritual Formation of leadership in the church, specifically concerned with how the Examen works in that formation. She works with those discerning a call to ordained life and runs a workshop for discernment of call as well as many on various Spiritual Disciplines. She teaches classes on Spiritual Autobiography and Spiritual Formation at a local seminary and provides Spiritual Direction for a number of directees. 

SCHEDULE (Central Time)

Friday, November 19, 2021

9a.m. - 10:30a.m. Opening Session - Richard Hovey

A God of Solicitude and the Practice of Shema

Our view of God shapes how we interact with God. Understanding God as a God of solicitude (as one who shows care and concern for us) impacts our response, the way we live out our lives before him. In Scripture, the people of God are called to love God with all that they’ve got. This life comes as a response to a compassionate God who is with and for us.

11a.m. - 12:30p.m. Jeffrey P. Greenman

Spiritual Formation as Gifted Response to the Triune God of Grace

Spiritual formation is not a self-generated, will-power driven project of self-improvement, nor an elite pursuit for the unusually zealous few among God's people. Arguing from Scripture and drawing upon key theologians in the history of the Church, this presentation offers a theological framing (or reframing) of spiritual formation as the gifted response of all God's people to the Good News of the Gospel, which calls us into a life of divine fellowship, now and forever, with the Triune God of grace.

12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m. Break

1:30p.m. - 3p.m. MaryKate Morse

Pandemic Prayers: A New Journey into the Heart of God

Praying is always a journey towards knowing God and being known by God. It supposes our willingness to explore an authentic relationship no matter what is happening around us. It supposes a God who is with us no matter what is happening in the world. The pandemic has shaken us all. This session on prayer explores a way to journey into the heart of God when we need restoration.

3:30p.m. - 5p.m. Richard Hovey

The Rest of Faith: Sabbath

Faith in God leads to a life of rest, or what might be called trust. We no longer need to strive for success, security, or status. God is enough and we are enough in God. This allows us to step out of the reckless race of much of our world and live in accordance with the ways of another kingdom - the kingdom of God. Sabbath is a reorienting and grounding practice when it comes to living life well with God and others. This session will explore compassion as suffering, looking to Jesus Himself as our model, while also considering our own lives and the invitation to step into the brokenness around us.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

9a.m. - 10:30a.m. Chris Webb

The Fire of the Word: Meeting God on Holy Ground

Too often we study biblical texts without recognizing that God truly inhabits this book. Scripture seeks to capture our minds, not merely educate them. In this session we’ll explore how we can transform our Christian life by reading the Bible as lovers rather than as theorists. This is possible by coming to the text prayerfully, expectantly, in humility and empty-handed. When we open the Bible, it does not say to us, “Listen: God is there!” Instead, the voice of the Spirit whispers through each line, “Look: I am here.”

11a.m. - 12:30p.m. Siang-Yang Tam

The Primacy of Servanthood in Spiritual Formation: A Biblical Perspective

This keynote presentation will focus on the primacy of servanthood in spiritual formation from a biblical perspective (e.g., see John 13:1-17; Luke 9:23; 22:24-27; Phil. 2:3-11), based on Tan’s books “Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood”(Baker, 2006) and “Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry” (Baker Academic, 2019). It will cover Jesus’ Call to Servanthood: Serving Our Best Friend, Servanthood and Suffering, Servanthood and Humility, Servanthood and Leadership, and True Service versus Self-Righteous Service

12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m. Break

1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m. Pilar Gateman

Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Leadership

We all have known what we consider healthy leadership and unhealthy leadership. We all have an instinct about this. How do we create an atmosphere both for ourselves and those in leadership where they/we can be formed in such a way where we influence others into being spiritually formed into Christ.

3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m. Closing Session - Richard Hovey

A Community of Solicitude and the Practice of Shalom

As we grow in our understanding of God as revealed on the pages of Scripture, what are the implications for life in community? The God of solicitude is also a God of community and relationship, with a desire for peace among all. The practice of shalom (peace) is centrally important as we seek to live lives of solicitude ourselves as God’s people.

Restore Conference 2021

$ 125.00 CAD