For almost 40 years the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) has been synonymous with Tenth Presbyterian Church in center city Philadelphia. It was started there in 1974 by James Montgomery Boice, and as it grew and flourished, it was taken to many other venues throughout America over the years. Now, as it prepares for its 40th anniversary celebration, it is on the move.
Recent years have seen some significant developments in the life and organization of PCRT's parent body, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, not least the decision to relocate its headquarters from downtown Philadelphia to Lancaster, PA. This move occurred largely for logistical reasons, and it has proved worthwhile in many ways. It has also led to a number of other changes in the Alliance's larger frame of operation.
It was in this context that the future of the PCRT conference came under review, especially in terms of its venue. After lengthy discussions with the leadership at Tenth, the Alliance felt that, after a long and happy relationship between their respective bodies, there would be merit in moving the conference to a new location.
With the desire to keep the conference in the greater Philadelphia area, the Alliance approached the leadership of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr in the western suburbs of the city to explore the possibility of its hosting the conference. Proclamation and Tenth have long enjoyed a close relationship and have strongly supported the work of both the Alliance and PCRT through the years.
Proclamation counted it a privilege to have been asked to host the conference and was glad to accept the invitation to do so, knowing full well that Tenth has set the highest standards for what it entails. Its elders, staff, and members are looking forward to taking on this responsibility for the 2014 event.
Tenth's elders and senior minister Dr. Liam Goligher remain enthusiastically committed to the work of the Alliance and to the ministry of PCRT and join the elder body of Proclamation and their senior minister Rev. Mark Johnston in supporting the conference and seeking God's richest blessing on its ongoing work.
The shared prayer of the Alliance and these two churches is that the ministry of PCRT will continue to bless the church at large and continue to spread the rich and vital heritage of Reformation theology through the USA and to the wider world for many years to come.