Wheaton Theology Conference Speakers


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Sacraments and the Unity of the Church

April 6-7, 2017

Paul L. Gavrilyuk

Paul GavrilyukDr. Gavrilyuk (Ph.D. Southern Methodist University) holds the Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. An Orthodox theologian and historian, he specializes in Greek patristics and modern Russian religious thought. His areas of interest also include philosophy of religion, liturgical studies, and ecumenical studies. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought; Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith. Essays in Honor of William J. Abraham; The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity; and, most recently, Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Veli-Matti KarkkainenDr. Kärkkäinen (DrTheol, University of Helsinki) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Seminary. He also holds a teaching position at the University of Helsinki as Docent of Ecumenics. He has authored or edited many books, including The Trinity: Global Perspectives, One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification, and Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions, The Global Dictionary of Theology, The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts, and Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology. Currently he is finishing a five-volume systematic theology series titled A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World.

Matthew Levering

Matthew LeveringDr. Levering (Ph.D. Boston College) holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is co-editor of Nova et Vetera and of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is the author of numerous books including Christ’s Fulfillment of Torah and Temple, Scripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and Community, Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural Law, Ezra and Nehemiah, and Christ and the Catholic Priesthood.

D. Stephen Long

Stephen LongDr. Long (Ph.D. Duke University) holds Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University. He works in the intersection between theology and ethics and has published over fifty essays and fourteen books on theology and ethics, including Divine Economy: Theology and the Market, The Goodness of God: Theology, Church and Social Order, John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness, Calculated Futures, Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation, and The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy.

Matthew Milliner

Dr. MillinerMatthew J. Milliner is Assistant Professor of Art History at Wheaton College. He has published widely in scholarly journals such as Theology Today as well as popular print and online venues. He blogs at millinerd.com.

Bradley Nassif

Bradley NassifDr. Nassif (Fordham University) is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University in Chicago and is a leading academic expert on Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue. His research and teaching interests include church history, Christian spirituality, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. He is the author of Bringing Jesus to the Desert and co-editor of The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality.


D. Zac Niringiye

D. Zac NiringyeDr. Niringiye (Ph.D. Edinburgh) is the Assistant Bishop in the Kampala Diocese of the Church of Uganda. He has had a distinguished career as a theologian, mission leader, pastor, HIV/AIDS activist and organizational development consultant. As both a scientist and theologian, he is passionate about the need to protect Uganda’s natural resources for the benefit of people and wildlife. Among Dr. Niringiye’s many publications are The Church in the World: A Historical-Ecclesiological Study of the Church of Uganda with Particular Reference to Post-Independence Uganda, 1962-1992, and The Church: God's Pilgrim People. For many years he had a ministry among students all over English and Portuguese speaking Africa, and teaches widely at churches and conferences in Africa, Europe and North America.

Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith NordlingDr. Nordling (Ph.D. University of St. Andrews) Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. She grew up in Pentecostal circles with her father and grandfathers as Assembly of God pastors. For the past 30 years Cherith and her husband Robert have been involved in the Spirit’s renewal of the mainline Presbyterian, Anglican and Christian Reformed communities of which they’ve been a part, either on staff or as laypersons. She speaks and teaches in various contexts, and has authored and contributed to many publications including Knowing God by Name: A Conversation between Elizabeth A. Johnson and Karl Barth. Most recently, she has been working on a book on theological anthropology and the resurrection and a condensed version of Paul’s Christology with her father, Gordon Fee.

Katherine Sonderegger

Katherine SondereggerDr. Sonderegger (Ph.D. Brown University) holds the William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological. Her areas of specialty include medieval and Reformed theology and systematic theology. She is the author of That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew: Karl Barth's “Doctrine of Israel” and Systematic Theology: The Doctrine of God, the first volume of a systematic theology.


Thomas G. Weinandy

Tom WeinandyDr. Weinandy (Ph.D. King’s College, University of London) is a Distinguished Fellow with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Fr. Weinandy has held academic positions at Georgetown University, Mount St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Loyola College, Baltimore and served as the Warden of Greyfriars and tutor and lecturer in History and Doctrine in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. Fr. Weinandy has also served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His major fields of specialty are philosophical theology and the histories of Christology, Trinitarian theology, and soteriology. His books include Does God Change?; Does God Suffer?; In the Likeness of Sinful Flesh: An Essay on the Humanity of Christ; The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity; The Lord Jesus Christ: An Introduction to Christology and Soteriology; and Receiving the Promise: The Spirit’s Work of Conversion.

Marc Cortez

Mark CortezDr. Cortez (Ph.D. University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. His areas of specialty include theological anthropology, Christology, church history, and philosophy. He has authored several books, including Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective, A Theological Anthropology Reader, Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed, and Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate.

George Kalantzis

George KalantzisDr. Kalantzis (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is Professor of Theology at Wheaton College and the Director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. His research and writing focus on the dynamic relationship between the written documents of sacred Scripture and their interpretation in early Christianity, paying particular attention to the development of Christological and Trinitarian thought, as well as on the interplay of classical Greco-Roman society and early Christianity. He has written and edited several books and numerous articles, including Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service, Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery • Reform • Renewal, Christian Political Witness, The Sovereignty of God Debate, and Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective. Prof. Kalantzis also serves as the series editor for Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources (Fortress Press).

Amy L. Peeler

Amy PeelerDr. Peeler (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Her primary research centers on the Epistle to the Hebrews, which has prompted her to explore ancient rhetoric, the use of the Old Testament in the New, Israel's sacrificial system, atonement, family and inheritance in the Ancient World, and theological language. She is the author of You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews, as well as many articles on the New Testament.

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