7th Annual Men’s 


May 18-19, 2018

Hickman, CA

Registration $75

Loving Christ – Returning to your first love!

The 7th year of this annual conference will be hosted at Hickman Community Church. 
Early Bird $75.00 until April 30th – May 1st till the event is $95.00



Pastor Adam was born on October 23, 1975 and was raised in a Christian home in Georgia. After attending medical school he became a physician’s assistant and worked in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery in Savannah for four years. While serving in his local church he felt an overwhelming desire to pursue the glory of God through theological training and the opportunity to serve the Lord in full time ministry. Adam had the privilege of attending The Master’s Seminary for both a M.Div. (2005) and a D.Min. (2013). He served as an associate pastor of student ministries and outreach at Lakeside Bible Church in Montgomery, Texas for seven and a half years and is currently the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Santa Clarita, CA. He has a passion for expository preaching, biblical counseling, world-wide missions, and for reaching the community of Santa Clarita with the gospel! Adam has been married to his lovely wife, Lisa, since 2004 and they have been blessed with five children: Anna, Nate, Micaiah, Hudson, and Zoe.


Adam Tyson


I was born and raised “down under” in the beautiful country of New Zealand. I grew up on the family farm and trained primarily as a shepherd of sheep. Growing up in a Christian family, I rejected the Bible’s message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone, believing that I was able to stand on my own two feet without any help from God. However, by God’s grace, at 18 years of age I was dramatically saved from a lifestyle of absolute hopelessness.

Six years after coming to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, I was called to full-time Christian ministry. This has included three years studying and serving at “This is Life Ministries”, an evangelistic Christian ministry; five years as a youth pastor at Havelock North Bible Chapel; six years as a Church planter and pastor of Grace Family Fellowship; and more recently, four years at The Master’s Seminary and Grace Community Church to complete the Master of Divinity program.

I thank God for bringing me to Hickman Community Church in 2007. I love the people here, and find my greatest joy in teaching God’s Word to open hearts. My passion in pastoral ministry is to know God and make Him known through the accurate exposition of the Bible which is God’s holy inspired Word to mankind!

I serve God with my dearest friend and wife, Barby, whit whom I have three incredible children, one son-in law, one daughter-in law and four wonderful grandchildren, Whitaker, Thaddeus, Rosemarie and Epaphras (Rusty for short).


The Sufficiency of Scripture and the Man of God


Harvest Bible Fellowship – Modesto

I have been experiencing the grace of God since my birth to an unwed teenage mother. I was adopted into a Baptist family which exposed me to Christ at a young age. However, I was raised in a divorced family and was instilled with a deep anger which ensnared my life until the age of 18 when a faithful friend shared the gospel while challenging my hypocrisy of being a youth leader in the local church while living a worldly life.

This friend and I read A.W. Pinks “Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount”. Jesus conquered my rebellious heart through the section on the beatitudes where I came face to face with the reality of my sin and the power of forgiveness. I yielded my life by faith to the Lordship of Christ and became His disciple by His grace.

14 years of marriage and 3 boys later I am profoundly humble to serve as a minister of the gospel as Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Modesto. Our church was planted 3 years ago with the mission to ” Glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

It’s my passion to mature Great Commission men. ISI has been doing that for over half a decade and it’s my privilege to serve you at this conference.

The Inspiration of Scripture and the Man of God


First Baptist Church – Weaverville

Jay grew up in Hayward, California, attended a performing arts high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as an actor.  For over 20 years the Lord allowed him to make a living this way before calling him to full-time gospel ministry.  While attending Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, the Lord graciously saved both he and his wife Julie in 1995.  He attended the Master’s Seminary from 2003-2007 before accepting a full time position as pastor/teacher at First Baptist Church of Weaverville in the beautiful Trinity Alps of northern California.

His desire as a pastor is to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2) and shepherd God’s people, helping to equip them for the work of service (Eph. 4:12); “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18);” that they may be found “complete in Christ (Col. 1:28)” and that their desire would be to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…(Matt. 28:19-20).”  Yes, the challenges of ministry are many, but the eternal joys are incomparable.

He and His wife Julie have 6 children ranging in age from 4-18 along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds and fish.  Jay enjoys spending time with his family, and when given the opportunity, fly-fishing and appearing in the odd Christian film such as No Greater Love and Billy Graham’s Road to Redemption.

The Man of God
And his Quiet times


Cow Creek Community Church

Jeremy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Redding, California. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Business at CSU Chico and then moved to Portland, Oregon where he completed his Master of Divinity at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He served a church in Sacramento, CA before returning to the Redding area in March 2014 to serve as the preaching pastor at Cow Creek Community Church.

The Man of God
And Family Instruction


Henderson Avenue Baptist Church

Jon Stricklin was born and raised in California. He heard the gospel from godly parents and was converted to Christ as a boy. Jon graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, MO is 1997, and The Masters Seminary in 2008. He has served as an assistant pastor in Lincoln, CA, the Broadcast Editor at Grace to You, the radio ministry of John MacArthur, and has been the pastor at Henderson Ave. Baptist Church in Porterville, CA since 2008. Jon has been greatly blessed with a wife whom he believes is characterized by the Proverbs 31 example. Together he and Lisa are proud of the children God has given them which include Emma and her husband Jacob, Kate, Jonah, and Claire. God is to be praised for all He has done and is doing in the lives of this family!

The Man of God Taking A Stand For Truth In The World


Grace Bible Church – Fair Oaks

Justin Schroeder serves as the Assistant Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Fair Oaks. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2006 with a bachelors degree in Sacred Music. From 2009 to 2013, Justin attended The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary. At Grace Bible, Justin serves in a variety of roles. He provides leadership and direction to the Student Ministry and the Music & Worship ministry. He also shepherds the Roseville Community Group, and helps administrate conferences and events at Grace Bible. In the kind providence of God, Justin married Katelyn in 2007. They have four wonderful sons – Joel, Hudson, Owen, and Carson.

The Man of God Discovering the Meaning of the Word

Will Castello

Visalia Evangelical Free Church

Will Costello was saved as a youngster growing up in a Christian home in the Hudson Valley area of NY, just north of NYC. He looks back gratefully on a godly father, Bill Costello, who taught him the Bible since his earliest memories and showed him what it looks like to love God first.  Pastor Will married his beautiful wife Annette in 2003, his best friend since College. He is grateful to God for their five children—Liam, Ivan, and his “A Team” Alina, Anya, and Amia.

Will’s heart passion is the exaltation of the glory of Christ through the preaching of every word of Scripture. He completed his doctorate in Expository Preaching from The Masters Seminary in 2017, and currently Pastors the flock at VEFC toward Christ and His kingdom mission here in the Central Valley.

Frequently Asked Questions

ISI Conference is open to all men who desire to grow in their knowledge of God and in the area of personal discipleship.
Tickets are non-refundable, however they can be transferred.
There are several hotels and motels available within 15 miles of Hickman Community Church.

There will also be a limited number of host homes provided by local church members. To request one, contact Sandy at 209.874.1180.

All meals during the conference are provided for beginning at dinner on Friday night through lunch on Saturday.
Most of our attendees wear casual attire.


If you still have questions, contact Josh at office@hickmanchurch.org

Get in Touch


Josh Taylor

Conference Coordinator


Address854 I St, Hickman, CA 95323

Phone(209) 874-1180