About Us

Our Purpose

We seek to equip, and send out the next generation of church leaders by providing faithful men with doctrinal education and pastoral experience within the context, oversight, and accountability of our local church. We not only desire to offer a rigorous eduction in the classroom, but also to supply practical, real-life experience under the mentorship of our pastors. 

Who We are

We are a ministry of Grace Bible Church of Conway. The Institute is directly overseen by the elders of our church who serve as the Board of Directors. This is the foundation for how we do ministry preparation. The elders will be able to provide theological and pastoral oversight to the students throughout their training.

Pastor Jeff Johnson (M.Rel., Th.D) is the founding pastor of Grace Bible Church and the author of The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant BaptismBehind the Bible: Introduction to Textual CriticismThe Church: Why Bother?The Kingdom of God, The Absurdity of Unbelief, The Pursuit of Glory, and He Died for Me.

Pastor Drew Hargrave is a long time member of Grace Bible Church and primarily serves as our music leader. He has a strong passion for teaching the church theologically rich songs for the purpose of congregational singing in worship.

Pastor Danny Thursby is currently a M.Div student at Reformed Baptist Seminary, he primarily serves in overseeing the teaching ministries of Grace Bible Church and serves as the Institute Administrator. He can be reached at dthursby@gbcconway.com.


What We Believe

Our doctrine is submitted to that of Grace Bible Church which subscribes to the London Baptist Confession of Faith written in 1689.

Holy Scripture- Holy Scripture is the written revelation of God, verbally inspired of the Holy Spirit through the instrument of holy men, self-testifying, infallible, and authoritative in all that it says, forming the complete canon of the Old and New Testament, which is necessary and sufficient for a proper knowledge of God, self, and salvation.

Reformed Baptist- Though we do seek not to become unbalanced in our theology by overly focusing upon one doctrine to the neglect of other truths, we firmly believe that the understanding of the absolute sovereignty of God affects every aspect of our church life, including our doctrine, our preaching, our philosophy of ministry, our counseling, and our worship. We stand upon the “five solas” of the Reformation as essential doctrines of the faith: Sola scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola fide (faith alone), Sola gratia (grace alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), and Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone). We also believe, love, and teach the Doctrines of Grace: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Efficacious Atonement, Efficacious Call, and the Perseverance of the Saints. We believe that this central message of Scripture has been most clearly and accurately expounded in the Reformed Confessions of Faith, especially, in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, which is The Institute's confessional standard. 

Humility and Charity- We realize the diversity among Reformed Baptist thought and other Reformed traditions. For this reason, we wish to show humility and charity toward those from other theological traditions, while still holding our students to strict doctrinal standards.