Labor Day Family Conference

This conference has a fairly long history, being one of the first conferences held at Machen. As a family conference, it is general in nature, addressing topics of interest to Christian families. Some of the topics that have been addressed over the years include “The Lord’s Supper”, “Personal Evangelism” and “Family Growth.” Each year the topic is different, but it is always edifying, and the speakers have been as diverse as the topics.

Furthermore, this conference gives the families who attend a time for fellowship with families of other churches, and their children time to play together. Families of a broad age range have found it to be a time of spiritual refreshment at the end of the summer season.


2018 Labor Day Family Conference

Conference theme: Communion With God

What is at the heart of the Christian life? What were we created by God to do and to be? What did Christ come into the world to restore and to elevate us into as new creatures living in the hope of the glory of the world to come? The answer is: communion with God! Communion with God, John Owen said, is the bond of love that unites us in spiritual fellowship with God and with one another. It is, preeminently, what has been restored to us by the incarnation, sinless life, atoning death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But our communion with God is not merely a doctrine to be believed. It is the practical outworking of all that we have as believers in Jesus Christ. Join us for this year’s Labor Day Family Conference as Rev. Lowell Ivey and Rev. Zecharias Abraham lead  an exploration of this vital and encouraging Biblical theme!

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Rev. Zecharias Abraham

Rev. Zecharias Abraham serves as the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a minister in the Mehrete  Jesus Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the African nation of Eritrea. Rev. Abraham was forced to flee his home country in 2012 and has previously served as an Evangelist at Covenant Community Church (OPC) in Taylors, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is married to Bethel, and together they have five children: Jochabed, Japheth, Josiah, Miriam, and Senai.


Rev. Lowell Ivey

Rev. Lowell Ivey serves as the organizing pastor of Reformation Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and served a yearlong internship at Covenant Community Church (OPC) in Taylors, South Carolina. Rev. Ivey was graciously converted in a solitary confinement prison cell while serving a 17-year sentence for the crime of armed robbery. He was released from prison in 2009. He has been married to Mae for six years, and the Lord has blessed their marriage with three children: Geneva, Titus, and Lydia.