Wheaton Theology Conference Speakers


The People's Book: Reformation and the Bible
April 7-8, 2016


Chris Castaldo

Senior Pastor at New Covenant Church
Naperville, Illinois

Castaldo - Theology ConferenceDr. Castaldo (Ph.D., London School of Theology) is the Senior Pastor at New Covenant Church, Naperville, IL. Dr. Castaldo has authored and contributed to several books on the Reformation including The Reformation: Is It Over? (Zondervan, 2016), Reformation Theology: 500 Years Later (Crossway, 2016), Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals (Zondervan, 2015), Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 2012), and Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic (Zondervan, 2009). He has written articles for publications such as Christianity Today, Touchstone Journal, Credo Magazine, Themelios, and First Things. Dr. Castaldo’s research interests focus upon movements of gospel renewal in early sixteenth-century Italy, particularly the life and times of Peter Martyr Vermigli, and the study of John Henry Newman.

Bruce Gordon

Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History
Yale University

Gordon - Theology ConferenceDr. Gordon (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is the author of many books including Shaping the Bible in the Reformation. Books, Scholars and Their Readers in the Sixteenth Century, ed with Matthew McLean (Brill, 2012), Calvin. 1509-1564 (Yale University Press, 2009), Architect of Reformation. An Introduction to Heinrich Bullinger, 1504-1575, co-ed. (Baker Academic, 2004), The Swiss Reformation (Manchester University Press, 2002), Protestant History and Identity in Sixteenth-Century Europe, 2 vols., ed. (Scolar Press, 1996), and Clerical Discipline and the Rural Reformation. The Synod in Zurich, 1532-1580 (Peter Lang, Zürcher Beiträge zur Reformationsgeschichte, vol. 16, Bern, 1992). Dr. Gordon teaches in the Department of History and in Renaissance Studies at Yale University. He is on the board of various publishing series, including: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Ashgate), Zürcher Beiträge zur Reformationsgeschichte (Theologischer Verlag Zürich), and Refo500 Academic Studies (Vandenhoeck &Ruprecht). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2012 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Michael Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Westminster Seminary California

Horton - Theology ConferenceDr. Horton (Ph.D., University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the author of many books including The Christian Faith: A Systematic theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan, 2011), Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan, 2013), Introducing Covenant Theology (Baker, 2009), Covenant and Eschatology: The Divine Drama (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), Lord and Servant: A Covenant Christology (WJKP, 2005), Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ (WJKP, 2007), and People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology  (WJKP, 2008) ). Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westministery Seminary California since 1998. He is the host of a weekly broadcast, The White Horse Inn, and is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine.

Mark Labberton

President and Professor of Preaching
Fuller Theological Seminary

Labberton - Theology ConferenceDr. Labberton (Ph.D., Cambridge University) served for 16 years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. He joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminar in 2009 as Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. In 2013 Dr. Labberton became the fifth President of Fuller Theological Seminary. He earned a PhD in Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge University (1990), with a dissertation titled “Ordinary Bible Reading: Reader-Response Criticism and the Reformed Tradition.” Dr. Labberton is the author of The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice (IVP Books, 2007), The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (IVP Books, 2010), and Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (IVP Books, 2014).

Paul Lim

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
The Divinity School Vanderbilt University

Lim - Theology ConferenceDr. Lim (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is a historian of Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe. His latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.  He has published two other books in that area: The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008) and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004). Along with his appointment in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Lim has secondary appointments as Associate Professor of History and Associate Faculty of Religious Studies, in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts & Science. In addition to his expertise in Reformation and post-Reformation history, Dr. Lim’s research interests extend to the history of evangelicalism and global Christianities. Currently, he is writing a book on the transformation of global evangelical attitudes toward and endeavors on eradication of human trafficking and structural poverty.

Jennifer Powell McNutt

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity
Wheaton College and Graduate School

McNutt - Theology Conference Dr. McNutt (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at Wheaton College and degree coordinator of Wheaton’s M.A. program in History of Christianity. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Dr. McNutt specializes in the history of the Reformed church and clergy in Geneva from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Her book, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798 (Ashgate, 2014), was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize by the American Society of Church History. Her research has been published in edited volumes and academic journals including Church History , The History Journal, and Bulletin de la Société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Genève. Currently, Dr. McNutt is conducting research for her next book on the history of the French Bible from the early-modern period through the Enlightenment with a focus on the Geneva French Bible. She is also co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation with Prof. Herman Selderhuis. At a popular ecclesiastical level, her work has appeared in Christianity Today, Leadership Journal (online), and Christian History magazine. 

D. Densil Morgan

Professor of Theology
University of Wales Trinity St. David

Morgan - Theology ConferenceDr. Morgan (D.Phil.,  University of Oxford) is Professor of Theology and the Program director of the MTh in Church history at University of Wales Trinity St. David. He is also Provost of the Lampeter campus. Along with his research interest in Reformation and post-Reformation thought, Dr. Morgan also works in the areas of Patristic thought, the Evangelical Revival, eighteenth century Dissent, Christianity in America, and nineteenth century theology in Wales, the theology of Karl Barth and its reception, and theology of culture – especially the interface between history, theology and twentieth century poetry in Wales. Dr. Morgan is the author or editor of a number of books, including The Span of the Cross: Christian Religion and Society in Wales, 1914-2000, 2nd edition with a new preface, 2000-2010 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011), Barth Reception in Britain (London: T & T Clark International, 2010), The SPCK Introduction to Karl Barth (London: SPCK, 2010), Lewis Edwards, which is a biographical study of the leading Welsh theologian of the Victorian age (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009, this book was long listed for Welsh Arts Council’s Book of the Year, 2010 and the winner of the Sir Ellis Jones-Griffiths Prize for the best Welsh language book on a factual subject published between 2007-2010, Wales and the Word: Historical Perspectives on Welsh Identity and Religion (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008), and The Humble God: a Basic Course in Christian Doctrine (Norwich: The Canterbury Press, 2005).

G. Sujin Pak

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity
Duke Divinity School

Pak - Theology ConferenceDr. Pak (Ph.D., Duke University) specializes in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. Her teaching, research and writing focus upon the theology of the Protestant reformers, the Protestant Reformation and the Jews, women and the Reformation, and the history of biblical interpretation. Professor Pak has a book titled The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms published with Oxford University Press in 2010 and several articles in journals such as Church History, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Church History and Religious Culture, and Calvin Theological Journal. Her current research project studies the shifting views of prophecy and uses of Old Testament prophecy in the Reformation era.

Read Mercer Schuchardt

Associate Professor of Communication
Wheaton College

Schuchardt - Theology ConferenceDr. Schuchardt (Ph.D., New York University) is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College.  He earned his Ph.D and M.A. in Media Ecology under Neil Postman at New York University.  He is the Editorial Chair of Second Nature Journal, an online journal that investigates new media and technology in light of the Christian tradition.  He is co-author of Understanding Jacques Ellul (Wipf & Stock, 2012) and recipient of the 2011-12 Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.  Every two years he leads the Germany-Switzerland Program, which looks at the ways in which the printing press influenced the events of the Protestant Reformation and beyond.  

Carl Trueman

Paul Woolley Chair of Church History
Westminster Theological Seminary

Trueman - Theology ConferenceDr. Trueman (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is the author of many books, including: Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (Crossway, 2015), Why Christians Need Confessions, The Creedal Imperative (Crossway, 2012), Reformation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Christian Focus, 2001), John Owen: Reformed Catholic: Renaissance Man (Ashgate, 2007), he is also a contributor to many collected volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Dr. Trueman is currently co-editing with Bruce Gordon The Oxford Handbook of Calvin and Calvinism due in 2017. Dr. Trueman is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and is pastor of Cornerstone OPC in Ambler, PA.

John Witvliet

Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Professor of Worship, Theology, & Congregational and Ministry Studies
Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary

Witvliet - Theology ConferenceDr. Witvliet (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) specializes in the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, and the role of music and the arts in worship. Dr. Witvliet also consults with churches on worship renewal. He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Eerdmans, 2007), Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice (Baker Academic, 2003), co-author of Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration (Baker, 2004), and co-editor of The Worship Sourcebook (Faith Alive Christian Resources, Baker Books, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2004), and Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Christian Worship (2011), and the children’s book At Your Baptism (Eerdmans, 2011).

Randall Zachman

Professor of Reformation Studies
University of Notre Dame

Zachman - Theology ConferenceDr. Zachman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) specializes in the history of Christian thought from the Reformation period to the present. He is the author of Reconsidering John Calvin (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), John Calvin as Teacher, Pastor, and Theologian: The Shape of his Writing and Thought (Baker Academic, 2006), and The Assurance of Faith: Conscience in the Theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005). Dr. Zachman has also co-edited Conciliation and Confession (Notre Dame, 2004), and has edited John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now (Baker Academic, 2008). He has published articles in The Journal of Religion, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Calvin Theological Journal, Concordia Theological Journal, as well as chapters in other volumes. Dr. Zachman has served as the President of the Calvin Studies Society.

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