Wheaton Theology Conference Speakers


The Image of God in an Image Driven Age
April 9-10, 2015

Confirmed speakers for Wheaton Theology Conference 2015 are:

Dr. AugustineDaniela Augustine

Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics
Lee University

Dr. Augustine (DTh University of South Africa, Pretoria) teaches theological ethics at Lee University. She has taught at the Bulgarian Theological College, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and the International Institute for Christian Studies and Charles University in Prague. She is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ and an active member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and Pentecostals for Peace and Justice. A portion of her research for CTI was published in A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (Eerdmans, 2011). Her many publications include At the Crossroads of Social Transformation: An Eastern-European Theological Perspective (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010). Her latest book is Pentecost, Hospitality and Transfiguration: Toward a Spirit-inspired Vision of Social Transformation (CPT, 2012). Augustine was the co-founder of the Bulgarian Theological College and served as a Church of God missionary-educator for eleven years in Bulgaria and for seven years in the Czech Republic.

Dr. BloombergCraig Blomberg

Distinguished Professor of New Testament
Denver Seminary

Dr. Blomberg (Ph.D. University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is the author of fourteen books and has co-authored or co-edited eight more, along with over 120 journal articles and chapters in multi-author works.  His books include three on the historical reliability and interpretation of the Gospels (one specializing in John), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, three biblical commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James), a textbook on Jesus and the Gospels, another on Acts through Revelation, three books on material possessions in the Bible, and a handbook on New Testament exegesis.  For almost fifteen years, Blomberg was the lead teacher for an adult Sunday School class at Mission Hills Baptist Church in Greenwood Village, CO, and also served two terms on the elder board.  Today he regularly preaches and teaches in a variety of churches on Sunday mornings. On Sunday evenings, he attends and is part of the leadership team of Scum of the Earth Church in urban Denver, an outreach ministry to “the right-brained and left out” young adults of the metro area.

Dr. DyrnessWilliam Dyrness

Professor of Theology and Culture
School of Theology, Fuller

Dr. Dyrness (DThéol University of Strasbourg, Doctorandus Free University, Amsterdam, Postdoctoral study Cambridge University) is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a founding member of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts and Director of its Visual Faith Institute. A former missionary and professor at New College Berkeley, Dyrness’ work focuses on global issues in theology and, especially, the relationship between theology and the visual arts. His most recent books include, Primer in Christian Worship (2009), Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life (2011), and Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities (2013). He has also served on the national boards of Christians in the Visual Arts (Wenham, MA) and Development Associates International (Colorado Springs, CO). Dyrness is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

GainesTim Gaines and Shawna Songer Gaines

Co-Lead Pastors
Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Shawna Songer Gaines (M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary) serves as the co-lead pastor of the Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene. She is also a blogger, writer and speaker. She has written for Didache, Engage Magazine, and Holiness Today. Shawna is probably best known for her work in video based Bible study series, Breathe. In the last year, Breathe has released two studies, Created and Wilderness, with several more to release in 2015. She is the author, with her husband Tim, of Seat at the Table: A Generation Reimagining Its Place in the Church (Beacon Hill Press, 2014). Dr. Timothy Gaines (Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) serves with Shawna as co-lead pastor and is an affiliate member of the faculty of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.  He has authored scholarly articles pertaining to ethics, systematic, and political theology in Wesleyan Theological Journal, Didache, and Doxology.

Dr. JenkinsPhilip Jenkins

Distinguished Professor of History
Baylor University

Dr. Jenkins (PhD Cambridge University) is the author of many books including A History of the United States (fourth edition; Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (HarperOne, 2011), and The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (third edition; Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently writing a study of religious dimensions of WWI, Four Horsemen: The Catastrophic Four Years That Remade The World's Religions (HarperOne). From 1980 through 2011, he taught at Penn State University, where he holds the rank of Emeritus Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities. In 2012, he became a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, where he also serves in the Institute for Studies of Religion.  Dr. Jenkins’ interests include the study of global Christianity, past and present; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century U.S. history, chiefly post-1975.

Dr. JenningsWillie Jennings

Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies
Duke Divinity School
Dr. Jennings (PhD Duke University) teaches in the areas of systematic theology and black church and cultural studies. He is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale University Press, 2011) and of numerous articles. His research interests include these areas as well as liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology. Dr. Jennings is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. An ordained Baptist minister, Professor Jennings has served as interim pastor of several North Carolina churches and continues to be an active teaching and preaching minister in the local church.

Dr. JonesBeth Felker Jones

Associate Professor of Theology
Wheaton College

Dr. Jones (PhD Duke University) teaches systematic theology at Wheaton College. She is the author of Faithful: A Theology of Sex (Zondervan, 2015), Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically (Baker, 2014), God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective (Cascade, 2014), and The Marks of His Wounds: Resurrection Doctrine and Gender Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007),). She is a regular contributor to The Christian Century on the media and is currently working on a theology of conversion titled Converting Love: Conversion Among the Loci (Oxford University Press).

LakeChristina Bieber Lake

Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English
Wheaton College

Dr. Bieber Lake (PhD Emory University) is primarily interested in contemporary American literature, African American literature, and southern literature. Her recent work investigates fiction’s response to posthumanism, specifically in the area of biotechnology. Her most recent book is Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), which won first place in the Faith and Science category of the Catholic Press Book Awards and the Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship awarded by Indiana Wesleyan University's John Wesley Honors College. She is also the author of The Incarnational Art of Flannery O'Connor (Mercer University Press, 2005) and numerous articles.

Dr. McDowellCatherine McDowell

Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. McDowell (PhD. Harvard University) teaches Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell and has taught at Wheaton College and Harvard. As a graduate teaching fellow at Harvard, she taught classical Hebrew, Ancient Near Eastern history, and archaeology. Dr. McDowell has also been active in church ministry, teaching adult education courses in Old Testament and Bible study methodology for Park Street Church in Boston and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in North Carolina. She also worked for Vision New England and in the field at archaeological digs in Israel. Her book, The Image of God in the Garden of Eden, will be published by Eisenbrauns in 2015.  Her writings include articles in such publications as the Basics of Biblical Hebrew textbook, the NIV Archaeological Study Bible and the Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research.

Dr. McFarlandIan A. McFarland

Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor of Theology
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Dr. McFarland (PhD Yale University) focuses his research on Christology, theological anthropology, and the doctrine of creation. Dr. McFarland was elected to the American Theological Society in April, 2011. He taught for seven years in the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen before moving to Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he currently holds the positions of Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs.  His books include The Divine Image: Envisioning the Invisible God (Fortress Press, 2005), In Adam’s Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and From Nothing: A Theology of Creation (John Knox Press, 2014).  He is also one of the editors of the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Pilgrim, 2001), and Listening to the Least: Doing Theology from the Outside In (Pilgrim, 1998).

Dr. MillinerMatt Milliner

Assistant Professor of Art History
Wheaton College
Dr. Milliner (PhD Princeton University) teaches across the range of art history, and his scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. Dr. Milliner has published widely in both academic and popular venues and has given scholarly presentations at University of Chicago, American University, Indiana University and Duke University. He is currently working, with Amy Peeler, on the book Father, Mother, Son, which investigates the intersection of art history, theology and post-secular feminism. In 2014 he organized a scholarly symposium at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled “Envisioning the Eucharist,” which explored how art functions as visual theology. He is a National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for 2013 and 2014, and he was recently appointed a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate. He also has a blog.

Joonhee Park

Associate Professor of Art and Communication
Wheaton College
Joonhee Park is an Associate Professor of Art and Communication teaching digital cinema and new media. He studied Film Studies at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea and received the M.F.A degree in Film Production from Ohio University. Films he directed and contributed to have been screened worldwide at festivals from Croatia to New York. As an active filmmaker and media artist, his research interests lie in documentary about the marginalized people.

Dr. RahSoong-Chan Rah

Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism
North Park

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah (ThD in process at Duke Divinity School, DMin Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is passionate about engaging in urban ministry. As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Rah has seen firsthand the denomination’s significant growth in urban areas and increasing need for intercultural ministry. He was founding senior pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Cambridge, Mass., a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. A nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Rah has also served on a church-planting team in the Washington, D.C., area and as campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010), The Next Evangelicalism: Releasing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (InterVarsity, 2009), and “Mercy and Justice” in Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches, ed. Peter Cha, Steven Kang, and Helen Lee, (InterVarsity, 2004).

Dr. SoskiceJanet Soskice

Professor of Philosophical Theology

Dr. Soskice (DPhil Oxford University) is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College. She is the first Roman Catholic woman to be a Professor of Theology at one of Britain’s ancient universities. Professor Soskice is a past-President of both the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and the Society for the Study of Theology. She has been a visiting professor in Canada, Sweden and the United States, and in 1997 she was a McCarthy Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. She takes an active role in Jewish-Christian relations, Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions and Christian-Muslim dialogue. She is currently a Director of the ‘Bible and Classical Antiquity in 19th century Culture’ project through the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. She is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (Oxford University Press, 1984) and The Kindness of God (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (Knopf, 2009) was Book of the Week on Radio 4 and in the Best Books of the Year lists of the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. She was a member of the Writers’ Workshop for Theologians, led by Marilynne Robinson, at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2010, and in 2011 was a judge of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Professor Soskice is a Patron of the Westminster College Appeal, a Trustee of the Tablet, and Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars, Oxford.

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