Society for Pentecostal Studies

Annual Meeting 2020

The Society for Pentecostal Studies will host its 49th Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, CA. SPS members from around the world will convene to present new research in areas relating to theology, church history, ministry, philosophy, and biblical studies. The conference will include 78 paper sessions, roundtables, workshops, business meetings, networking receptions, and more.

Registration is now open.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is available here.

Meeting Overview

Full Program

*Don't waste your ink.  A full printed program will be included in your registration packet.


Program Chair:

Melissa Archer, Ph.D.


Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA


March 19-21, 2020


Ayres Hotel & Suites: $132 per night ($10/night each additional guest)

Price includes breakfast

Complimentary Parking

2.4 miles from Vanguard

325 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-549-0300

Group Code: 12703

**NOTE: This group code is not valid online.  Reservations must be made by phone.

Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa: $144 per night

Price includes breakfast and parking

2.9 miles from Vanguard

3131 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-557-3000

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John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

18601 Airport Way, 

Santa Ana, CA 92707

(949) 252-5200

Shuttles: Both Conference hotels offer complimentary airport shuttles.

2020 Meeting Overview

The meeting will on Thursday morning, March 19th and end with a banquet on Saturday evening, March 21.

Along with plenary, Symposia, and Interest Group sessions, the conference includes a Thursday evening reception, working-lunch meetings, a Society business meeting, a women’s breakfast, a students’ breakfast, and a banquet. During the conference, attendees will have many opportunities to socialize, become acquainted with other SPS participants, and share their scholarly interests and current work. Attendees will also enjoy discounted prices on a variety of books and other products exhibited by vendors and ministries.

Attendees are encouraged to join the Society for Pentecostal Studies before or during the meeting, but membership is not necessary to register for the meeting. Presenters for SPS sessions (other than specially invited guests), however, are required to be members of SPS.

The call for papers is now closed.  Members whose proposal was accepted for presenation at the 2020 conference should refer to the paper format instructions and sample paper for additional information prior to submission.

See Society Officers and Meeting Personnel.

Travel Scholarships

The Diversity Committee invites students belonging to a racial/ethnic minority group (defined here on the basis of the majority of current SPS membership) and women to apply for the Ithiel Conrad Clemmons Student Travel Award. Students at all stages of their academic careers are encouraged to apply. The committee will grant awards based on scholarship funds available. More information is available here.