Bob Gray

Sep 052018

There’s  just a month until the 40th annual Witnesses Now for Jesus conference. The conference will be October 5-7, 2018 at the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold, PA.

We will have two speakers at our conference who were involved in the republishing of Raymond Franz’s book “Crisis of Conscience”, Deborah Dykstra and David Henke.

Make your plans now to join us for a great weekend of praise and worship, testimonies, teachings and fellowship with other former Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who’ve been affected by the teachings and policies of that organization.

There is no registration fee. Free will offerings will be taken to help defray the costs of the conference. Please click on the Registration tab and let us know you’re coming.

You can book you room directly with Blue Mountain Christian Retreat by going to their website at or call them at 570-386-2154.

Sep 042018

If you are planning on attending (and we hope you are), here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Getting Here

Our conference is held at the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat (BMCR) in New Ringgold, PA.

The nearest public transportation hubs to BMCR are:

  • Lehigh Valley International Airport (Allentown) – 34.6 miles, 42 minutes
  • Lehighton Bus Station – 16.4 miles, 26 minutes

There are several car rental companies at the airport and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car a few blocks north of the bus station in Lehighton.

Neither BMCR or WNFJ run a shuttle from either the airport or the bus station. However if you hit the “Contact Us” tab at the top of the page and tell us how many of you there are, where and when you are arriving or where and when you wish to depart, we’ll post it in the “Transportation” link. And if you are in a position to help out by picking someone up or dropping someone off at the airport or bus station, click on “Contact Us” and we’ll link you up.

And finally if you wish to carpool with someone near you or on your way here, drop us a message at the “Contact Us” tab, let us know where you are driving from and we’ll post it for you.

Staying Here

We do not have a registration fee for Witnesses Now for Jesus because BMCR rolls the cost of renting the meeting rooms into the cost of the rooms. So we encourage you to stay at BMCR. Please book your rooms as soon as possible. You can contact Blue Mountain Christian Retreat directly at 570-386-2154 for rooming. When you arrive, please check in at the main desk at BMCR main building. At that time, or later if you wish, you can also purchase meal tickets.

If you are not staying at BMCR, they ask that you pay a $6.00 per person, per day “commuter fee”. You can drop by the front desk at BMCR and pay them there.

Being Here

We want your being at Witnesses Now for Jesus 2018 to be an enjoyable and upbuilding experience. If there is anything we can do to make it more so, please drop by the welcome desk and let us know.

Helping Here

Sound and projection

The staff at BMCR covers the sound board for some of the sessions, so we need volunteers to run it for the sessions they do not cover. We also need volunteers to handle projection of the lyrics during praise and worship and the speakers’ presentations during their talks. Please don’t think that you have to have a ton of experience in these areas before you can volunteer. Basically, if you can click a mouse, you can do projections.

If you’d like to volunteer in either of these areas, please contact us using the “Contact Us” tap at the top of the page.



Jul 042018

If you’re flying into St. Louis for the Mid-West conference and need a ride from the airport, please leave us a message here. Just hit the “Contact Us” tab and let us know when you are arriving. We will try to have someone pick you up or pair you with someone who is renting a car.

Jun 212018

The second annual Witnesses Now for Jesus, Mid-West Conference will be held on July 27 & 28, 2018 at:

Sonrise Baptist Church
454 Berry Road
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

This conference is for present, questioning, exiting and former Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as anyone who has been affected by the teachings and policies of Jehovah’s Witnesses organization. If you plan on coming to either the Mid-West conference or the upcoming 40th annual Witnesses Now for Jesus conference in October, please click on the “Registration” tab at the top of the page and click which of the conferences you plan on attending. This will help us to plan ahead. And if you have any questions, please click on the “Contact Us” tab above. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

9:00 a.m. – Prayer, Praise & Worship

9:30 – Lets Get Acquainted

10:00 – “Out of the Watchtower, Into the Kingdom” – Brady Crum

10:30 – “Roots, Shoots and Those in Cahoots” – Tim Martin

11:15 – “I Left the Watchtower, Why Should I Believe in Anything at All?” – Don Veinot

12:00 – Prayer & Lunch

1:15 p.m. – Praise & Worship

1:30— “Explaining the Trinity to Jehovah’s Witnesses” – Jodie Bishop

2:00 – “An Open Letter to the Galatians” – Julie McAllen

2:45 – “The Spirit of God is Not There” – Jay Gomez

3:15 – “Using the Full Armor of God in Spiritual Battle” – Kay L. Mayer

4:00 –  “Born Again – The Watchtower Teaching vs. the Teaching of the Bible” – Martin Winslow

4:45 – Skit

5:00 – Praise & Worship

5: 15 – “The Vacant House: Why Escape From False Belief is Not Enough” – Rob Phillips

Saturday, July 28, 2018

9:30 a.m. – Prayer, Praise & Worship

10:00 – “Jehovah’s Witnesses Proof Texts Refuted” – Charles Kelley

10:45 – “Family is Forever” – Amy Lockard

11:15 – “The Trouble With the Trinity” – Robert Bowman

12:00 – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – Praise & Worship

1:30 – “Blessings That Come From Freedom” – Sharon Leasure

2:00 – Skit

2:15 – “How Not to Witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses” – Ed Haviach

3:00 – “What About the Cross” – Charles Smith

3:15 – “Divine Appointments That Led to Freedom” – Bob Gray

3:45 – “False Prophecy is No Laughing Matter” – Jim Valentine

4:15 – “Answering Bible Questions” – Robert Bowman

5:15 – “Closing Thoughts” – Rob Phillips

6:00 – Song/Prayer

After the conference is finished you’re invited to gather around the campfire with several of us at the St Francois State Park at camp site #68.

( So grab a bite to eat or bring something to eat with you – See you there, 7:30-ish.

May 112018

The first annual Witnesses Now for Jesus – West Coast conference was held at the Hawthorn Suites in Sacramento, California on April 27 and 28, 2018. Charles and Julie Kelly and their team put on a great conference. The videos of the conference are on YouTube and can be found by searching on “WNFJ-2018”

Many thanks to Sylvan Creach for his great work on the videos.