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Understanding The Times Conferences

2014 Conferences



9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
(a SW suburb of Minneapolis)

No cost * No registration needed

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Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago
Author, conference speaker, apologist

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Skip-Heitzig Pastor Skip Heitzig
Pastor, Calvary Chapel, Albuquerque, NM
Radio host, author, Bible prophecy scholar

Eric Barger
Apologist, author, conference speaker
Co-host: Understanding the Times radio

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Anita-Dittman Anita Dittman
We will introduce a portion of the new WND Films' production, "Trapped in Hitler's Hell," a documentary based on the life of Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman, authored by Jan Markell.
World Net Daily is celebrating the 35th anniversary of this story with a new book and documentary film.
Anita will be present to share briefly and sign books and DVDs, as will Jan Markell.

George Escobar
Escobar is the producer of the Dittman/Markell film “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell”. He will introduce the film. He heads the film productions forWND.


2013 Conference


Hotel Information:

Sold out - Baymont Inn and Suites Eden Prairie
7740 Flying Cloud Dr
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 US
Call: 952-942-9000 and ask for the Olive Tree Ministries' discounted rate

Eden Prairie Fairfield Inn & Suites
11325 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Call 952-903-9444 and ask for the Olive Tree Ministries discounted rate.




Saturday, October 4

Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
(a SW suburb of Minneapolis)





Professor, Liberty University

Host: “The King is Coming” TV program

Author, conference speaker



Pastor, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, CA

TV Host

Apologist, Bible prophecy scholar

Steven Khoury


Israeli Arab author, pastor and Vice President, Holy Land Missions.

Reaching out to Jew and Arab in Israel; sharing a remarkable testimony.

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2013 Conference


Saturday, October 5

Almost 3,500 folks attended from 20 states and one foreign country. This was our 16th such event since 2002.  


LOCATION: Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN, a southwest suburb of Minneapolis.  

We will have info up about our spring 2014 event in a month or two.  


Dr. Mark HitchcockBible prophecy scholar Dr. Mark Hitchcock
Mark’s topic is the coming economic crisis dead ahead.

Co-hosts Jan Markell & Eric BargerCo-hosts Jan Markell & Eric Barger

Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, and Joseph FarahOur panel discussion with Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, and Joseph Farah

Dr. Ron RhodesDr. Ron Rhodes
Ron addressed the deception in today’s church and Bible prophecy

Joseph FarahJoseph Farah
Farah addressed some current event issues from a biblical perspective. He offered a newsman’s view.

Rich, Shirley and Dick Bott of Bott Radio NetworkOur special guests: Rich, Shirley and Dick Bott of Bott Radio Network

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2012 Conference

October 5-6, 2012

On October 5-6 we held our 15th Understanding the Times conference in Minneapolis, MN. Our speakers informed and edified attendees and one even warranted a standing ovation. Also, according to a raise of hands, nearly 100 attendees came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a result of Jonathan Cahn's closing call to repentance and salvation.

Over the two days, the suburban mega-church we rent was filled with between five and six thousand unique attendees from 20 states and some foreign countries. A pastor journeyed all the way from India to enjoy like-minded fellowship.

Here are some pictoral memories of this year's conference:

Mark Hitchcock

Mark Hitchcock presented information regarding the increasing tension in the Middle East in light of prophetic Scripture. (Mark's second message, Saturday morning, was, "America in Prophecy.")

Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, presented two vital messages:
"One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination"
"When a Nation Forgets God"

Crowd shot from high balcony

So many were grateful for this year's conference:

"This conference was the best I have ever attended anywhere. You presented the facts, which can be disheartening, but you also lifted us by presenting Jesus Christ and our blessed hope."

"Just wanted to thank you for the 2012 UTT Conference -- every speaker was outstanding.  But thank you so much for doing 'due diligence' in checking out The Harbinger and having the courage to invite Jonathan Cahn. His stunning message is sorely needed today in this great nation. God bless you, Jan, and all the folks at OTM."

A Facebook reader wrote, "We were there and can't stop praising God."

"I wanted to let you know how blessed I was at your conference.  I could not stop crying all day on Saturday, I was so blessed.  I have not felt God move in my heart like that for too long of a time, I am sorry to admit.

"When Jonathan arrived and began to speak, the glory of the Lord fell upon that place.  By the time he finished, I looked at our group and tears were streaming down faces even as they streamed down many faces around us. All around us hearts were being broken and contrite before a Holy God!"

Jan on phone with God

There was an electric moment Friday night when a trumpet blast was heard in the auditorium.  Then Jan answered her cell.  She reported that it was God performing a trial run!

Jan's assistant, Heidi (center), with The Songmasters -- Jerry and Ginger Dallin,
who provided special music for the conference this year.

Bill speaking

Bill Koenig, Christian White House news correspondent, spoke of "America at the Crossroads," and subsequently gave comments on the upcoming election.

Michele Bachmann & Heidi

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann attended our conference this year.  On Saturday afternoon, Jan's assistant, Heidi, got a spur-of-the-moment photo op.

Jonathan and crowd

Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn gave a poignant message of America's need to repent, and of how that begins with individual Americans.  During Jonathan's closing call to individual repentance and salvation, nearly 100 people indicated that they were choosing to accept God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ's death on the cross!

 The entire radio team from Olive Tree Ministries.  From L to R:  Eric Barger; Jill Martin Rische; Jan Markell and Larry Kutzler

2012 UST CD and DVD cover

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2011 Conference

We just finished a phenomenal conference! Thank you to every speaker and every individual who attended and made this year's event memorable. We do have the CD and DVDs already for sale in our online store here.

Understanding the Times 2011

We had over 4,500 - maxed out available seating - on Friday night alone!

Understanding the Times 2011

Bill Koenig gave us U.S. administration information we couldn't get anywhere else!

Understanding the Times 2011

It was good to have Joel Rosenberg back with us for another year

Understanding the Times 2011

Joel Rosenberg autographed books for attendees this year

Understanding the Times 2011

We held an extended Q&A with extremely informed questions and excellent answers!

Understanding the Times 2011

Joel Rosenberg & Jan exchanged quips on Friday night just before Joel spoke to attendees.

Understanding the Times 2011

Attendees were tickled to see Jan back this year and in great form!

Understanding the Times 2011

Eric Barger informed us about a new and dangerous twist: The so-called blending of Christianity with Islam called “Chrislam”

Understanding the Times 2011

Mark Hitchcock provided insight into the whole 2012 craze and what is true about the future from a biblical perspective.

Understanding the Times 2011

Joel with a number of Olive Tree staff members.
From left to right: Jan, Joel Rosenberg, Gail Rubenstein & Heidi Swander.

Understanding the Times 2011

We held an extended Q&A with extremely informed questions and excellent answers

2010 Conference

The CD album features 7 CDs which include two messages each from David Reagan and Mark Hitchcock, and one message each from Mike Gendron and Gary Kah. There is also a Q & A session included which closed out the conference. Issues addressed include Bible prophecy, current events from a biblical perspective, and the rising end-time apostasy. Cost: $30 and $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out-of-country orders will be a bit higher).

The DVD album features 4 DVDs with all of the above speakers, but includes valuable PowerPoint presentations. Cost: $55 and $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out-of-country orders will be a bit higher).

Purchase the 2010 Understanding the Times Conference CDs and DVDs here

Understanding the Times 2010

Eric Barger leads Q&A on Saturday interviewing Mike Gendron, David Reagan and Gary Kah. Mark Hitchcock was also one of our speakers, but he was unable to participate in this forum.

Understanding the Times 2010

Dr. Mark Hitchcock talks about our blessed hope

Understanding the Times 2010

Mike Gendron questioned whether we aren't trying to undo the Reformation by bringing "Evangelicals and Catholics Together"

Understanding the Times 2010

Eric Barger explains the critical nature of Caryl Matrisciana's latest DVD project, Wide is the Gate: The New Emerging Christianity, that has a scheduled release date of spring 2011

Understanding the Times 2010

Gary Kah described his journey to 20+ year discovery of the push toward a one-world government.

Attendee Comments

Comment from an attendee: Thank you, Olive Tree crew. We traveled all the way from Texas to Minneapolis and were not disappointed. You mix the subject matter very well so it's pretty hard to get bored. And where else can we find such a wealth of truth?

Order Conference by Mail

You can also mail us a check in U.S. funds to:

Olive Tree Ministries
PO Box 1452
Maple Grove, MN 55311

Or, you may order with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card by calling 763-559-4444 or 763-210-8291. Whether by mail or phone, the cost will be $25 for CDs and $35 for DVDs and an additional $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out of country orders will be a bit more and will vary depending on the size of the order).

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