Historical Review Implementation Task Force Events

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Repentance, Responsibility and Renewal

The Historical Review Spring 2024 Symposium

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Barrows Auditorium in Billy Graham Hall

All members of the Wheaton College community are invited to attend the Historical Review Spring Symposium.

This second Symposium will feature Reverend Dr. Charlie E. Dates on the topic of biblical repentance and renewal. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the symposium.

dr-charlie-datesBlessed to serve in the city in which he was born, Reverend Dr. Charlie E. Dates is Chicago through and through. Raised on the southside of Chicago, he came of age having welcomed Christ into his life early. Heavily influenced by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, W.E.B. Dubois, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Charlie’s orientation and early formation were significantly bent toward the theological reflection of Black people. This shaped his approach to preaching and his thoughts about the transformative role the Black church plays in bringing about the flourishing of a people.

Dr. Dates holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois - Champaign, Urbana, where he met his wife, Kirstie, who not only changed his life, but also elevated his approach to living. He continued his education with a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

In 2011, Reverend Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor to serve the historic Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago, which saw exponential growth under his leadership. As a highly sought-after speaker, he is widely invited to preach at churches and speak at retreats, conferences, and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Through his passion for learning, living, and teaching the Gospel, Dr. Charlie serves as an Affiliate Professor at Baylor University- George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Wheaton College. He is a contributing author to Letters To A Birmingham Jail and Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition, and is currently working on his first single-authored book on Christianity and Social Justice.

In January 2023, Reverend Dates became the Senior Pastor of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. He is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children, Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Dates

From Darkness To Light:

Exploring Celebration, Lamentation, and Repentance As a Campus Community

The Historical Review Fall Symposium

Thursday, November 9
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Barrows Auditorium

This was the first of several events planned for campus-wide engagement of the Historical Review report. The Symposium featured a panel of distinguished Wheaton College faculty who explored the themes of celebration, lamentation, and repentance, offering thoughtful engagement and differing perspectives on the report's findings.

The Symposium included an introduction by Dr. Philip Ryken, President, and greetings and a special reading of original poetry by Dr. Karen Lee, Provost.


Faculty panelists:

  • Dr. Vincent Bacote (Moderator)
  • Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)
  • Dr. Karen Johnson
  • Dr. Michael McKoy


Historical Review Implementation Task Force

  • Dr. Vanessa Quainoo (Implementation Chair)
  • Dr. Philip Ryken, President (Ex-officio Member)
  • Dr. Karen Lee, Provost (Ex-officio Member)
  • Rev. Terrance Campbell
  • Jordan Christner
  • Katherine Graber
  • Dr. David Lauber
  • Dr. Toussaint Whetstone