ETS Annual Conference  –  Saturday 7 September 2024
St Columba’s Free Church, Edinburgh

ETS Annual Conference
Saturday 7 September 2024

One writer described the two options facing the church as ‘creed or chaos’. The Bible instructs Christians to ‘follow the pattern of sound words’ (2 Tim 1:13) and ‘to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints’ (Jude 3).

This event will explore the most widely used summary of our faith, the Nicene Creed, which celebrates its 1700th anniversary next year. What role does the Creed play in our lives and in the Church? What does it mean to receive and confess the Creed, together with the Church of all times and places, in our particular rootless and consumerist age?

The event is open to the public. We encourage students, church members, office bearers, and anyone who might have interest to attend. We look forward to welcoming you in person to the  ETS Annual Conference, a highlight in our calendar for the time of edification and fellowship.

Buy Tickets

£15.00 per person
Please register online in advance of the Conference.

Lunch is not included.
No refund is available for any cancellation.

Open Day Guests: Free Admission
For potential ETS applicants who have registered to attend the Open Day on Friday 6 September.


The conference will explore such topics as:

The articles of the Creed concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Where the Creed comes from in Scripture and history

The nature of orthodoxy and heresy

The place of creeds in the Christian life and in the Church

How the Creed helps us to address our culture

The relation of song and devotion to doctrine, and vice versa

Why Nicene Christianity matters so much today

Date & Venue

Saturday 7 September 2024
9.30am – 4.45pm

St Columba’s Free Church
Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh


Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen, was minister of two churches in Scotland (Unst and Glasgow), and served at First Presbyterian Church, South Carolina, USA. He is Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Teaching Fellow of Ligonier Ministries. He has now returned to his native Scotland and serves as Preaching Associate at Trinity Church, Aberdeen.

Michael McClenahan

Michael McClenahan is Principal and Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological College in Belfast. Before coming to Union, he was minister of the congregations of Knappagh & Lislooney in County Armagh and previously served in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church in Newtownards in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).

Iver Martin

Iver Martin is Principal of ETS. He was minister at two churches (Aberdeen and Stornoway) and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 2022–23. He is married to Mairi, and they have six children and eight grandchildren.

Zachary Purvis

Zachary Purvis teaches Theology and Church History at ETS. He earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford and his MA from Westminster Seminary California. He is also an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh and visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children.

Ben Castaneda

Benjamin Castaneda teaches Greek and New Testament at ETS. He earned his PhD from St Andrews and his MDiv from Westminster Seminary California. He has previously served as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He and his wife, Bethel, have five children.


Panel Discussion: During the Q&A, an opportunity will be provided for conference attendees to ask particular questions of individual speakers and/or the panelists as a whole. Panelists will include main conference speakers and a range of ETS lecturers and guests.


St Columba’s Free Church
Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh