Areopagus Now

Apologetics in Scripture, History, and Theology

15-17 June 2021 – IPC Ealing

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to postpone Catalyst for 2020. All our speakers have agreed to speak next year instead, and so we plan to run the identical conference from 15-17 June 2021 in Ealing.

The 2021 IPC Catalyst Conference will look at the topic of apologetics through the lenses of Scripture and church history and will explore some of the key theological emphases in faithful articulation of the gospel in every generation.

We will spend time encountering Christ in Scripture in our morning expositions; each day will then explore the anthropology of apologetics (creation, fall, redemption); how we can best communicate the gospel in contemporary culture; and we will consider the theological depths and riches of the content of the gospel. Each day will consist of the following sessions:


The Christ of Apologetics (Morning Expositions)
James Torrens

The Culture of Apologetics
Daniel Strange

The Problem of Apologetics
Gray Sutanto

The Gospel of Apologetics
Sinclair Ferguson


Tuesday, 15 June 
→ Thursday, 17 June 2021

IPC Ealing, 53 Drayton Green, West Ealing, London

About the Speakers

James Torrens was born and brought up in Northern Ireland, but moved to Scotland in 1984 to study medicine. After 11 years of working for the NHS, he studied theology at St Andrews University and has been in ordained ministry for over 15 years. He serves as the Minister of of Highland International Church in Inverness, within the International Presbyterian Church. He is married to Jane, a consultant ophthalmologist, and they have 2 children, Katie and Calum.

Gray Sutanto (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is a teaching elder at Covenant City Church, Jakarta, Indonesia, and an adjunct faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary where he teaches online courses in systematic theology and apologetics. He is the author of God and Knowledge: Herman Bavinck’s Theological Epistemology. He is a Minister of the International Presbyterian Church.

Daniel Strange is College Director and Lecturer in Culture, Religion and Public Theology at Oak Hill College, London. His PhD is from Bristol University and he has published widely in the fields of religious studies, public theology and cultural engagement. Dan is married to Ellie and they have seven children.

Sinclair Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and was formerly the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has now returned to his native Scotland, where he previously served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George’s Tron).


Listen to the Catalyst 2016 and 2017 talks in our Resources section