Understanding the Trinity Conference

Co-Hosted by
Phoenix Seminary and First Baptist Church Tempe
April 23-24, 2021

Plan to attend the informative and in-depth “Understanding the Trinity” conference and learn from internationally known speakers about the doctrine of the Trinity and how it informs our relationship to God and others.

Dates: April 23-24, 2021
Place: First Baptist Church Tempe, 4525 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282


How to register:

  • Register online
  • Over the phone by calling 480-839-0926, ask for Julie (weekday business hours only)

We support Social Distancing and Masks

For more information or questions about the Understanding the Trinity conference please call Julie at FBC-Tempe 480-839-0926.

Discounts and Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration : $30 per person available Nov. 15, 2020 - Jan. 15, 2021

Regular Registration: $40 per person available Jan.16, 2021 - April 22, 2021

  • $10 off for students
  • $5 off each person for groups of 5 or more.

Conference Schedule

Main Speakers are:

Conference Schedule for Friday, April 23:

  • 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM—On Campus check-in and registration. Open seating.
  • 7:00 PM—Session One: Dr. Fred Sanders: “What is the Trinity?”
  • 8:15 PM—Break
  • 8:30 PM—Session Two: Al Fadi: “The Trinity between Christianity and Islam”

Conference Schedule for Saturday, April 24:

  • 8:15 AM—9:00 AM– On Campus check-in and registration. Open seating.
  • 9:00 AM - Session Three: Dr. Walter Strictland: “The Trinity Applied to Life”
  • 10:15 AM—Break
  • 10:30 AM—11:00 AM—Four separate Break-Out sessions (approximately 45 minute teaching time.)
    • Dr. Wayne Grudem—”God in Relation to Us: How God informs our Personal Relationships”
    • Dr. Steven Duby—”God in Himself, Key Attributes of the Triune God”
    • Dr. Brian Arnold—’How the Early Church Recognized the Doctrine of the Trinity”
    • Josh Vincent—”Teaching the Trinity”


Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders (Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union) is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a primary focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. Fred has taught in the Torrey Honors Institute since 1999, and is an amateur historian of Biola's institutional history. He is co-founder of the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference, and maintains an active internet presence via Twitter and blog. He is author of numerous books including The Triune God in the New Studies in Dogmatics series, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love, and he is the coeditor of Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology and Retrieving Eternal Generation. He and his family are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.

Al Fadi

Al Fadi (PhD Candidate at Melbourne School of Theology) a former devout Muslim, from Saudi Arabia and follower of Christ. He is the founder and CEO of CIRA INTERNATIONAL, a consulting agency focused on training and equipping leaders in the field of Islamic Studies via seminars, online Webinars, and global media. Since the inception of CIRA INTERNATIONAL in 2002, Al Fadi has had the privilege of training thousands of Christians at churches, para-church organizations, and various Bible Colleges & Seminaries. Al Fadi is the host of a popular radio show and YouTube livestream called “Let Us Reason." Al Fadi holds an MS in Engineering from Arizona State University, and an MDiv. in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary. In addition, he has a certificate in Islamic Apologetics from the Pfander Center for Apologetics in England. Currently, Al Fadi is a PhD Candidate at Melbourne School of Theology in the field of Early Islam and with a research focus in Early Qur’anic Manuscripts.

Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland (Ph.D. University of Aberdeen) serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology and Associate Vice President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His interests include systematic and contextual theology, the African American theological tradition, education theory, and theology of work. Along with being a diversity consultant, frequent conference speaker, and itinerant preacher, Dr. Strickland is an associate Research Fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and his work has appeared in The Gospel Project, Canon and Culture (of the ERLC), the Gospel Coalition, the Biblical Recorder, Christianity Today, Baptist Press, and World Magazine among other media outlets. He is the co-author of For God So Loved the World: A Blueprint for Kingdom Diversity and he has contributed to, edited, and authored multiple other books in his areas of research interest. Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, NC. They have one daughter named Hope who is waiting to meet them in glory, and three children in the home: Kendra, Kaiya, and Walter III.

Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) has served as Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary since 2001 after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 20 years. He was named Distinguished Research Professor in 2018. He has served as the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as President of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999), and as a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He also served as the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (Crossway Bibles, 2008). Dr. Grudem is author of more than a dozen books, including Systematic Theology, Politics according to the Bible, and Christian Ethics.

Steven Duby

Steven Duby (Ph.D. University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of theology at Grand Canyon University. He is the author of God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics and the Task of Christian Theology and Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account. He is especially interested in the doctrine of God and Christology, as well as integrating scriptural exegesis and the work of systematic theology. He and his wife, Jodi, have four children and are members at Trinity Bible Church.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold (Ph.D. Southern Seminary) serves as the fourth President of Phoenix Seminary and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History. Before joining the faculty of Phoenix Seminary in 2015, Dr. Arnold served as the Pastor of Smithland First Baptist Church in Kentucky. He is the author of two books, Justification in the Second Century and Cyprian of Carthage: His Life and Impact, and a number of journal articles. He is married to Lauren and is the father of Jameson and Natalie.

Josh Vincent

Josh Vincent (Senior Pastor of Trinity Bible Church since 2009). He is married to Gia and has three lively sons—Ben, John, and Jack—who have Viking blood running in their veins. Josh earned his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Biblical Languages and Theology after receiving a BA from Mississippi College. He's currently working on a DMin with Phoenix Seminary writing about the relationships between men and women in Judges and Ruth. He teaches Master's level ecclesiology, preaching, and pastoral care through an accredited internship with Phoenix Seminary, leads The Gospel Coalition Arizona, and serves on the board of Hope for Addictions.

Phoenix Seminary

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