Leadership: Pure Heart. Skilled Hands.

The 2025 Refresh Conference will address the theme Leadership: Pure Heart. Skilled Hands. This theme comes from Psalm 78:70-72. The goal of the conference is to offer pastors and their wives, missionaries, and ministry leaders encouragement and spiritual nourishment by creating space for sweet fellowship with like-minded servants of Christ and inspirational, thought-provoking preaching and practical teaching.

We are going all out to make this tenth conference our best. You will not want to miss this event, so look for more information in the months ahead.

This conference is for all Christian leaders and their spouses. Bring your entire ministry team! Camp directors, pastors, and missionaries will all benefit from this conference!

General Session Speakers

Dr. Chris Anderson

Vice President of Global Opportunities
Biblical Ministries Worldwide

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Dr. Daniel K. Davey

Virginia Beach Theological Seminary

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Dr. Dave Doran

Senior Pastor
Inter-City Baptist Church
Allen Park, Michigan

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Pastor Kurt Skelly

Senior Pastor
Faith Baptist Church Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Dr. Douglas Brown

Seminary Dean
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

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Dr. Les Ollila

Faith Baptist Bible College

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Dr. Dean Taylor

Chair of Pastoral Studies Department
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Dr. Jim Tillotson

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

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Dr. Dennis Wilkening

Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling
Faith Baptist Bible College

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Featured Musicians:
Faith Baptist Bible College Ensembles

Faith offers opportunities for ministry through music in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Ellis and Mrs. Sherri Nicholson, Faith ensembles participate in on-campus concerts, and some travel to churches and ministries near and far to serve the Lord through special music and personal testimonies. Recently, ensembles have also sung the national anthem at professional sporting events, participated in a live performance of an oratorio in New York City, and traveled to Germany to encourage believers through song.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee includes:

  • All conference sessions
  • All conference materials
  • Access to the hospitality room with a wide variety of complimentary snacks and drinks
  • Wednesday banquet

Note: In previous years, we were able to offer the evening general sessions for free to individuals who were only able to attend a small portion of the conference. This year due to the growth of the conference attendance and our student population, only registered guests will be able to attend the conference sessions.

Are meals included with my registration?

Your registration includes the Wednesday night banquet.

Discounted lunch tickets may be purchased when you register for the conference. Unused meal tickets will not be refunded. Additional meal tickets may be purchased during the conference, but discounted meal tickets will no longer be available.

Ankeny also has many available restaurant options in the area for your enjoyment.

Can I bring my children to the conference?

Refresh Conference is designed to be a conference for ministry couples. With that in mind, we strongly encourage husbands and wives to attend the conference without their children.  However, if the only way to attend the conference is to bring your children with you, please register them when you register for the conference.

Child care is only provided for ages 0-5 years old. Child care is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost for children 0-5  

  • By December 6: $25 per family
  • After December 6: $50 per family

Starting this year, there will be a registration fee for older children as well as adults. If older children attend the conference, they will need to sit with their parents in the sessions.

Cost for children 6-18

  • By December 6: $50 per child
  • After December 6: $75 per child

A note to parents from Dr. Jim Tillotson: “It is really important for ministry couples to set aside time to reconnect. While I know it can be difficult, I strongly encourage you to find family members, friends, or a family in your church to watch your kids so that you and your spouse can enjoy this time away together without distractions.”

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

If you realize that you are unable to attend Refresh Conference after registering, here are the options available to you:

  1. Full refund (must cancel by January 21, 2025 to receive full refund).
  2. Transfer your paid registration to another ministry couple.
  3. Transfer your registration payment to your registration for Refresh 2026.

Please email Bri Harrier at harrierb@faith.edu if you would like to cancel your registration.

What is the dress code?

Most attendees dress business casual.

Do you have hotel recommendations?

Here is a list of hotels who have discounted-rate agreements with Faith Baptist Bible College. Please be sure to mention Faith Baptist Bible College when making reservations in order to secure the discounted rate (Blackout dates apply)!

  • Sleep Inn & Suites, Ankeny
    $89 Standard Room (two queens or one king); $95 King Suite
    Book here or call (515) 964-5909
  • Comfort Inn, Ankeny
    $90 for a King/Double Queen Room
    Book here or call (515) 965-8400
  • Homewood Suites, Ankeny
    $124 for a Studio Suite
    Book here or call (515) 963-0006

What if am traveling internationally to the conference?

For international travelers, if an invitation letter is needed for visa purposes, it will be sent upon request after we receive your registration and payment.


Contact Bri Harrier.