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Conference Pricing

Early Bird Deadline: September 1, 2020

Members & Affiliates (On-Site): $450 per person ($400 Early Bird)
Members & Affiliates (Virtual Via Zoom): $150
Non-Members (On-Site): $650 per person ($600 Early Bird)
Non-Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $300


Virtual Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program, including Q&A
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Access to all conference resources


On-Site Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program, including Q&A
Networking/Fellowship with attendees & presenters
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
7 meals & refreshments
Access to all conference resources

Program Overview


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 The Calling & Passion of the President
Presenter: Steve Lennox, President – Kingswood University (NB)
Overview: What does it mean to be called to the service of president? What place does calling take in the inner well-spring of motivation and energy? Where does a president go to renew their passion when the well runs dry? Consider these reflections from a spiritually energized president who lives in the divine favor of his calling. Consider:

  • Wrestling with a presidential calling – it’s source, meaning, and responsibility
  • Finding balance between obedience to your calling and institutional accountability
  • Establishing the disciplines and tapping the creativity of renewal
  • Capturing the wind of God’s favor and presence

Salt & Light for Justice, Mercy & Love
Presenter: Bill Blocker, President – College of Biblical Studies (TX)
Overview: Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic impact, our culture is grappling with the ugly face of systemic racial prejudice and oppression. How is this being reflected across biblical higher education – as a campus community issue and in our sphere of community influence? Consider the wise counsel of one of our presidents as he leads his multi-ethnic campus community through the current cultural morass, including:

  • Grasping a frank awareness of the spiritual reality of racial prejudice – getting in touch
  • Creating a safe environment where voices can be heard – caring enough to listen
  • Understanding issues through the lens of Scripture and history – having an authentic voice
  • Considering ways to creatively engage for transformation – a call to action

A Fresh Vision for Distinctively Bible-Centered Education
: Philip Dearborn, President – Association for Biblical Higher Education (FL)
Overview: With this generations’ precipitous drop in Bible knowledge and application, NOW is the time for us to re-visit and renew our engagement in effective biblical higher education. What does it mean for all of our educational programs to be Bible-based and Christ-centered? Is the declaration and spread of the gospel still a passion in the heart of God . . . and in our institutions? Consider some provocative questions including:

  • Revisiting the heart of biblical higher education – Who are we?
  • Capturing the passion of God for all to know Him – Is Christ & the gospel center?
  • Weaving God’s Word through the entire curriculum – How can we do this?
  • Fanning the Flame of God’s presence – Is there power present for transformation?

Facilitating Board Development – Evaluation, Recruiting, Engagement
Presenter: David Arnett, President – Northpoint Bible College (MA); ABHE Board Chair
The maxim is so true – strong institutions are led by strong boards. And strong boards are not likely to happen by accident or without the persistent efforts of the president. But the dividends are extraordinary! Consider practical ways to recruit, evaluate and develop your board – from the insights of a distinguished president and recent graduate from the Board Governance Training Program sponsored by the Murdock Charitable Trust, including:

  • Getting started with a sound philosophy of board development – the vision
  • Initiating regular board member and board meeting evaluations – practical tools
  • Designing a plan and matrix for recruiting well-qualified board members – a blueprint
  • Crafting a partnership with the board chair for wise implementation – the synergy

Leading an Institution through a Crisis
Presenter: Mark Maxwell, President – Prairie College (AB)
Overview: Perhaps never has there been a time for nimble financial oversight like this pandemic crisis. This is not the season for just a casual grasp of the audited financial statement – looking backward as you lead forward. Prudent presidents have a strategic plan for the relevant posting of important information that leads to timely decisions. Think through this process with a distinguished  president whom God has gifted with wise financial oversight:

  • Creating a dashboard with vital strategic information – relevant data
  • Establishing protocols for systematic review – smart systems
  • Weaving scenario planning into budgeting – multiple options
  • Having wise discernment, making prudent decisions – proactive initiative

Leading an Institution from Crisis to Thriving
Presenter: Jay Barber, Senior Fellow – MJ Murdock Charitable Trust (WA); President Emeritus – Warner Pacific University (OR)
Overview: Few challenges will test the leadership capacity of a president like leading an institution away from the precipice of closing into a new season of thriving. What does this take from the president and what does this journey look like? Hear the wise insights from a distinguished former president to was called to save an institution . . . and how by God’s grace it happened, including:

  • Grasping the dimensions of a crisis – a reality check
  • Knowing how to create stability – stopping the hemorrhage, instilling hope
  • Choosing and taking the right first steps for reaching sustainability
  • Achieving critical mass for continuity and thriving

 Presidential/Provost Partnership – A Powerful Synergy
Presenter: Steve Hostetter, President – Pacific Rim University (HI)
Overview: Hardly any institutional partnership has more potential than that of the president and provost. From strategic thinking/planning to execution, their relationship and influence impacts so much of institutional life and progress. How do you cultivate and sustain this kind of powerful synergy? Consider insights from a veteran provost and president of what has worked . . . and not; and take your partnership to the next level.

  • Understanding the complimentary or competitive roles – finding the right balance
  • Building trust and respect – twin pillars of synergy
  • Sustaining vital communications – no surprises or secrets
  • Repairing damage from unavoidable mistakes – we’re human

 Catching the Wind of the Spirit – Is This Possible? 
Presenter: Gary Stratton, ABHE Senior Fellow; Professor of Spiritual Formation & Cultural Leadership – Johnson University (TN)
Overview: While the history of ABHE institutions gives ample evidence of founding leaders responding to the voice of God, is this spiritual dynamic still true for our movement? Do we intentionally listen for God’s fresh Wind – as leaders, faculty, and trustees? How does this work in our culture of class schedules, policies, protocols and procedures? Explore ways your institution might be open for the fresh voice of God, including:

  • Knowing our irrefutable DNA markings – spiritual heritage
  • Weaving God’s voice into the life of the institution – spiritual awareness
  • Creating space to hear from God as leaders and as institutions – spiritual practice
  • Learning important lessons of opportunity and warning – initiative and balance

Conference Faculty

Scott Boyer


Northpoint Bible College

Jay Barber


President Emeritus
Warner Pacific University
Senior Fellow
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

William Blocker


College of Biblical Studies

Philip Dearborn



Steve Hostetter


Pacific Rim Christian University

Steve Lennox


Kingswood University

Mark Maxwell


Prairie College

Gary Stratton


ABHE Senior Fellow
Professor of Spiritual Formation
& Cultural Leadership
Johnson University

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?
YES, for on-site attendees3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.
Can I request for additional hotel nights?
YES The ABHE group rate is $115/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email with any questions or updates to existing reservations.
Is airport shuttle service available?
YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup
Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?
The ABHE Weber Center is located in the Citadel I Building, less than a mile away from the Orlando International Airport and a short walk from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the conference center.
Are meals included in the registration fee?
YES for on-site attendees, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.
Are scholarships available?
YES for on-site attendees – limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to with an explanation of your financial need.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
In the event of either virtual or on-site registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.
How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?
You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, or contact to have your registration cancelled.

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Growing institutions are led by growing leaders. Consider engaging in the Executive Training Program specifically designed for Presidents in ABHE. Delivered over two years including over 36 workshop presentations in seven areas of leadership competency and capacity. You can review the certification program details HERE. Enroll in the program today!

Questions regarding the certification program can be directed to David Medders, Executive Vice President.

SpringHill Suites
For those attending the Enrollment Conference On-Site, the ABHE staff will make a hotel reservation for you.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Dr,
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533



SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport is an all-suite hotel offering you first class service, located minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), and features amenities, including free Internet access and on-site dining. The ABHE staff will make your hotel reservations for you.  Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David Medders
Executive Vice President



Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events