The GARBC Replaces Dr. Matt Olson With Dr. Dave Doran For Upcoming Conference


A 2013 GARBC Conference update from John Greening, GARBC national representative:

“I am pleased to report that Dr. David Doran, pastor of Inter-City Baptist Church and president of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in Allen Park, Mich., has graciously consented to speak at our 2013 GARBC Conference. Dr. Doran is speaking in the main sessions previously designated to be filled by Matt Olson, president of Northland International University. In light of the transition Northland International University is currently navigating in identifying its leadership, values, and direction, this change was made. Our prayers are with Northland International University as it seeks to redefine itself and settle on its future course. We are looking forward to the preaching of God’s Word, the stirring worship, and the good fellowship at this year’s annual conference to ‘Renew Our Strength.’”

Dr. David Doran will also be leading a conference workshop, “The Mission of the Church and Missions.” Register now for the 2013 GARBC Conference, June 24–28.

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Greg Linscott's picture

 I would read that in their context, music is probably not a major factor in the decision. Instead, it is based on the shifts in doctrinal emphasis that now appear uncertain with the discarding of the doctrinal statement and replacement with the NHCoF. Specifically, this would be in regards to a dispensational reading of Scripture (that leads the GARBC to recognize a clear distinction between Israel and the church and  a Pre-Millennial, Pre-Tribulational position on eschatology)...

XVIII. Israel
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land and, after the completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ. Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37.

XIX. Rapture and Subsequent Events
We believe in the pretribulational rapture of the church, an event that can occur at any moment, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation.1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20, 21; Revelation 3:10

We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the premillennial return of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish His kingdom upon this earth. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6


...and the sufficiency of Scripture and role of the Holy Spirit today (which leads them to a conclusion that sign/revelatory gifts of the Spirit have ceased today).

I. Of the Scriptures
We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.

We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed and opinions shall be tried. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.


III. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. We believe that the sign/revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit have fulfilled their purpose and are not applicable to the work of the Holy Spirit today. John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5, 6; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30; 13:8-10; 14:1-40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:2-4.


Greg Linscott
Marshall, MN

Joel Tetreau's picture

Matt would have been Fantastic.

Dave will be Fantastic.

Straight Ahead!


Dr. Joel Tetreau serves as Senior Pastor, Southeast Valley Bible Church (; Regional Coordinator for IBL West (, Board Member & friend for several different ministries;

mmartin's picture

As with the GARBC, I would expect many more are taking a step back from NIU wondering what it is now, who is leading it, where is it going, and where will it end up?


Meanwhile NIU is asking of the same people donations to cover a cash shortage to get through the summer and families are now making decisions about where to send their kids for college in the fall.


Not exactly a position that communicates stability.