NECEP Pastors' Conference History
The Iron Curtain of New England
Draw a line from metro Boston, to Worcester, to Albany, NY.  Conservative, evangelical, expository preaching theologians seldom ventured north of that line.  That is why the NECEP is honored to bring men, who are devote to the proclaimation of the Word of God, to northern New England on a regular basis.
The New England Center for Expository Preaching
is dedicated to proclaiming the Word of God to New England
2014 Pastors' Conference

Building one expository sermon and preacher at a time

Dr. Derek Thomas
Preaching Old Testament Narrative
June 26-27, 2014
The New England Center for Expository Preaching
2014 Pastors and Future Pastors Conference
Dr. Stephen Davey


Dr. Steven J. Lawson was the keynote speaker at the New Englnd Center's 2013 Pastors' Conference on April 22-24.

Dr. Lawson is the Senior Pastor of Chistian Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, AL. He is also the senior preaching professor at the Master's Seminary, has written numerous books, and is currently working on a few more. Steven is a frequent speaker at multiple Christian conferences and has traveled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Further, in May 2009 he was the first speaker the (now annual) New England Center's Pastors' Conference.
NECEP-2012  -  May 7-8, 2012
2012 - Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world, an Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Council Member, and has been called "an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large" by The Chicago Tribune,

Recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals, Dr. Mohler's mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview. called him the "reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S".

In addition, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs, Thinking in Public and The Briefing. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. All of these can be accessed through Dr. Mohler's website,

2012 - Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church (1837), Jackson, Mississippi, President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Together for the Gospel, The Gospel Coalition, Convener of the Twin Lakes Fellowship, Adjunct Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and served as the 32nd Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005). 

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and reared in a Christian home, Dr. Duncan did his studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv, MA, cum laude ); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (PhD). Ligon and his wife, Anne, are the parents of Sarah Kennedy and Jennings
2012 - Jaime Owens

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC is Jaime's current home where he serves as Mark Dever's personal assistant.  A graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a NECEP 2010 intern, Jaime plans on returning to plant or re-plant a church on the South Shore of Massachusetts when his tour of duty with Mark is done.
2012 - Brian Phillips

Brian is in his final semester at Reformed Theological Seminary - Charlotte.  While he was with the New England Center during the summer of 2011 Brian was so well like that Baptist Churches were seeking to hire him, knowing that he was Presbyterian.  Why? - Because he was simultaneous teaching the word of God faithfully, while showing genuine concern for the people in the churches that he had never met before.  His compassion combined with his clear teaching of the Word of God propelled him to the attention of all that were within earshot.
2010 - 2012 Pastors' Conferences

Pastor Matt Fletcher
- has been in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years and was privileged to serve as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Weymouth, MA, from 1999 until 2011, when the Lord called him to Webster Bible Church of New York.  Matt received a Master of Ministry from Briercrest Biblical Seminary in 1999 and is working toward a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

As a charter member of the NECEP administrative board, Matt continues to have a passion for seeing New England pulpits filled with expository preachers, now from his new home in Webster, New York, where he lives with his wife, Ruthie.  They have five children and, despite his many protests, one very annoying beagle named Buster. 
2010 - 2012 Pastors' Conferences

Pastor Jim Wells

“Open your Bibles’ is a phase stated every Sunday morning by James Wells, Senior Pastor of Island Pond Baptist Church. Prior to coming to New Hampshire he served as a church planter, a minister of youth and education, and an adjunct professor to Baptist Bible College East, Cornerstone University, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.   He is a proven leader who has served on various boards and associations.  In addition, his community involvement has allowed him opportunities to encounter the world with the Gospel message.
2011-2012 - Pastor John Savage is (as of 2012) full time pastor of Carolina Free Baptist Church in Carolina, RI.  He is also the first intern that the New England Center had (in 2006), is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the first intern to return to New England.  In many ways John cut the path that many are following, to include his participation in the annual pastors' conference.

A musician talented in ??? instruments, with a masters degree in ethnomusicology (in adddition to expository preaching), John is also blessed with a wife who can play the piano like Bob Kauflin and has two children.
NECEP - 2011
Expository Preaching demonstrated and defended using the Epistle to the Philippians

2011 -  Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Grand Cayman, where he began serving as elder/senior preaching pastor in August 2006. He served previously as an elder/assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and as an elder at Church on the Rock in Raleigh, NC. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. 
Thabiti has written numerous books to include “What is a Healthy Church Member,” “The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence,” “Proclaiming a Cross-centered Theology,”  “The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors,” “Glory Road: The Journey of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity,” to name a few.  He has also contributed to “Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God” and several other books.  On August 12, Thabiti, together with Lig Duncan’s book “Baptism & the Lord's Supper” will be released.
Thabiti is also a sought after keynote speaker at many conferences.  These include “Together for the Gospel,”  “The Gospel Coalition,” “Desiring God,” “The Shepherds’ Conference,” and “The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.”   He is also a frequent speaker on many seminary campuses.

2011 - GREG GILBERT earned his BA from Yale and his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the author of What Is the Gospel? and the co-author of What Is the Mission of the Church?

Expository sermons are rockets, pointed towards the goal of proclaiming that which God has (already) said; with each part of the rocket-sermom contributing towards the goal of proclaiming the Word of God in such a manner that individuals can excape the gravity of sin.

NECEP - 2010
There is a solution - The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church


2010 - Dr. Mark Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, the executive director for 9Marks Ministries,  and a frequent speaker at various conferences.
Since his ordination to the ministry in 1985, Dr. Dever has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, which include planting in Massachusetts, prior to moving to Washington in 1994.
Having spoken on four continents, he often addresses student ministry groups.  He has taught at numerous seminaries to include Cambridge University, Beeson Divinity School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity of School.
In addition, Dr. Dever currently serves as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a member of the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. From 1995 until 2001, he also served on the steering committee for Founders Ministries, was Guest Senate Chaplain for two weeks in 1995, opening the daily sessions of the United States Senate in prayer. 
Dr. Dever has authored several books including a historical study entitled Richard Sibbes, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, a collection of historic Baptist documents on ecclesiology entitled Polity, Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life., and The Deliberate Church – Building Biblically in a Haphazard Age.
Dr. Dever has a been contributing editor to the Cambridge Papers, and his works have been published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Christian Arena magazine, the Founders Journal, Leadership Journal, Regeneration Quarterly, Modern Reformation, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Tabletalk, the Disciple’s Study Bible, and Building on a Sure Foundation. Dr. Dever has also contributed an article on John L. Dagg to Theologians of the Baptist Tradition.  More recently, he has contributed to many books including The Compromised Church, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, Christ and His Church, and Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. He also has articles in Reforming Pastoral Ministry, Why I am a Baptist, and The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, vol. 1.

Dr. Dever received his Doctor of Philosophy in ecclesiastical history from Cambridge University.  He also has a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Duke University

2010 - Dr. Derek Thomas is an Alliance Council member who originated in Wales.  He is also the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas came to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin’s preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books, including Calvin’s Teaching on Job: Proclaiming the Incomprehensible God (Mentor), Making the Most of Your Devotional Life (Evangelical Press, based on the Ascent Psalms), and Praying the Saviors Way, (Christian Focus, based on the Lords Prayer). He has contributed commentaries to a variety of series, including Lets Study Revelation (Banner of Truth) and Lets Study Galatians (Banner of Truth), God Delivers: Isaiah Simply Explained (Evangelical Press), The Storm Breaks: Job Simply Explained (Evangelical Press), and God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained (Evangelical Press). He also co-edited, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship (P&R).

His interests include the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler as well as a passion for good coffee. He has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for almost 30 years. They have two adult children, Ellen and Owen.
2010 - Matt Schmucker
2010 Jeremy Rinne
NECEP - 2009
There is a problem. - There is a Famine in Land of New England
2009 - Dr. Steve Lawson