2017 Conference

Each year the Association holds its annual conference at a different venue, usually in the facilities of a member institution. These meetings, in addition to the necessary business, include papers, seminars and discussions that stimulate theological discussion and encourage an interchange of ideas and information. Please note, any would be conferees from outside Europe who would need a visa to enter any European nation; please accept our apologies as we cannot write any letter to sponsor you in.

Download the 2017 conference information as a pdf here, or read on.

2017 Conference Booking form


Announcing the 2017 EPTA Conference

3rd to 6th July; in Malvern, UK


What on Earth has Pentecost to do with the Church?


This three-day conference promises to be personally refreshing and deeply rewarding, both academically and in terms of networking. Academic papers and debate will be interspersed with times of fellowship and prayer for those who wish. As ever, there will be a free afternoon for outings. Residential and day visitors are welcome.


The conference will run from the evening of Monday July 3rd to the morning of Thursday July 6th 2017, finishing after breakfast.



The 2017 venue is the lovely Elim Conference Centre, Malvern, UK. The Conference Centre has excellent modern conference facilities with en-suite provision to bedrooms and a bright spacious canteen and dining room, as well as extensive woodland to walk in, and a tennis court and outdoor swimming pool. These facilities are on a campus that also houses Regents Theological College and the headquarters offices of the Elim Pentecostal Church, of which the college is a part. EPTA is sure of a very warm welcome from Elim. We are pleased to announce that the Conference Centre has offered a discount from its normal conference prices.

The campus is surrounded by beautiful hilly countryside, ideal for bracing walks, and is on the edge of the small attractive town of Malvern. A few extra days spent in the area after the conference will make for a lovely holiday. (Please contact the Conference Centre directly if you wish to stay there beyond the conference dates.)

You can read more about the conference venue here.



The theme of the conference will be ‘What on earth has Pentecost to do with the Church?  Developments in Pentecostal Ecclesiology’. Academic papers will be presented and debates will be held on church life, including its leadership and governance, and on church planting.

Anyone interested in giving a paper, please email william.atkinson@lst.ac.uk.


All members of EPTA are encouraged to attend. However, the welcome does not stop there. As ever, EPTA members are invited to bring their families to enjoy a break in the area, and others interested in the work of EPTA are warmly welcome, especially research students. Those living close to the Elim Conference Centre in Malvern are welcome as day visitors – and you don’t have to be a theologian! Pastors and others involved in church life on a day-to-day basis will find much of interest in the conference.


Attendance at the conference costs:

Residential:     single bedroom  £198            shared bedroom  £174

Day visitor:      £25 per day for the day-time (09:00 to 17:00), plus £7.50 for evening meal if staying for the evening session.

Payments are to be made at the time of booking. If you decide to cancel your booking, and do so before May 3rd 2017, your fee will be refunded to you, minus a £15 non-refundable EPTA administration fee. (Elim Conference Centre Terms and Conditions require that cancellations after that date and before June 19th 2017 are subject to 50% of their full booking fee; after that date, the full booking fee becomes payable, even if the reservation is cancelled.)

For residential visitors, your booking fee provides for attendance at conference sessions, plus:

  • En-suite accommodation in king-sized double, twin or single rooms
  • All linen and towels
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Free wi-fi access in all bedrooms and general areas
  • Continental or full English breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Choice of lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Two course evening meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Morning tea/coffee with pastries
  • Afternoon tea/coffee with biscuits
  • Use of fully equipped meeting room/s
  • Use of coffee lounge with soft seating
  • Use of outdoor heated swimming pool, hard/tennis court and 32 acres of private landscaped grounds.

For day visitors, your fee provides for attendance at conference sessions, plus:

  • Use of day facilities (see above)
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • For an extra £7.50, a two course evening meal.



By Public Transport: Flights, Trains, Taxis

Via Birmingham: If you are flying from another country, we advise you if possible to travel to Birmingham International Airport, from where the links to Malvern are most straightforward (Birmingham International Airport is approximately 1 hour’s drive from Elim Conference Centre). Trains from Birmingham to Malvern will cost in the region of £20 return. From Birmingham International Airport, take the free Air Link to Birmingham International Station. Buy a ticket to Great Malvern, and take a London Midland train to Birmingham New Street (15 minutes). Then change to a London Midland train going to Hereford, which stops at Great Malvern (55 minutes). Taxis are available to the Centre from Great Malvern Station. Where practicable, lifts by private car will also be arranged for those who inform EPTA of their travel arrangements on their registration form..

Via London: Those who fly into one of London’s airports (likely Heathrow, Stansted, or Luton) will need to take the train into London Paddington Railway Station and then take a Great Western Railway train to Great Malvern. Trains from London Heathrow to Malvern cost about £100 return.

Those who use trains and book from abroad will need to retain the booking reference from their confirmatory email to allow them to collect their ticket and booked seat from the machines on station concourses.

By Car

The postcode is WR14 4DF

  • Find the M5 – Junction 7. From the M5 southbound, turn right at the Junction 7 roundabout onto the A44. From the M5 northbound turn left at the Junction 7 roundabout onto A44.
  • Turn left at the next roundabout onto A4440.
  • Go straight over the next 2 roundabouts (2nd exit).
  • Go left at next roundabout onto A449 sign-posted Malvern.
  • Follow signs for A449 Malvern through Powick.
  • After approximately 4 miles, approach roundabout (Morrisons to the left) and go straight over. Continue through Malvern Link, up the hill with park on the left hand side.
  • At the top of the hill follow the A449 round to the left and go straight over the
  • traffic lights.
  • After 200 yards take the first sharp right onto North Malvern Road (B4232), sign-posted West Malvern.
  • Stay on the B4232 for approximately 2 miles. Elim Conference Centre is at the crossroads of Croft Bank and Westminster Bank.


To reserve your place on this conference, both as a day visitor and as a resident, please fill in the separate registration form and send it as an email attachment to: conference.epta2017@gmail.com.


For payment details, please see the registration form.


As is usual at EPTA conferences, one afternoon will be given over to an outing in the local area. Those who feel fit will be able to climb Malvern Hill (make sure you bring suitable shoes!), while those who enjoy more leisurely pursuits will be able to go into the town of Great Malvern and visit Malvern Priory before taking time to browse the shops and pop into a café for refreshments. The outing will be on Wednesday afternoon. Make sure you have some spare money left by then to pay for it. The walk will be free, but a journey into the town and its shops and cafés will obviously require some money.

The Conference Centre grounds include a tennis court. Guests wishing to play tennis will need to bring their own tennis rackets and balls. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. While towels are provided in the bedrooms, guests should bring further towels for the pool if they wish to swim.