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Arminianism and Adventism - a symposium celebrating our soteriological heritage. October 14-17, 2010. Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Plenary Speakers

Roger OlsonRoger Olson is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Previously he taught theology at Bethel University and Oral Roberts University. He has the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University and the M.A. in Religious Studies from North American Baptist Seminary (Sioux Falls Seminary). He is the author of 13 books including The Story of Christian Theology and Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities. He served as editor of Christian Scholar's Review from 1994-1999 and as president of the American Theological Society (Midwest Division) in the early 1990s. He is an ordained minister (American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.) and frequent speaker and writer on subjects related especially to evangelical Christianity in America.

Barry CallenBarry L. Callen is University Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies at Anderson University, Editor of Anderson University Press and the Wesleyan Theological Journal, and Special Assistant to the General Director of Church of God Ministries. He is an ordained Christian minister married to Janetta Callen. Together they have five grandchildren and have traveled the world in short-term mission assignments. A college and seminary dean and professor at Anderson University for thirty-nine years, Dr. Callen has authored thirty-five books, including his autobiography A Pilgrim’s Progress (2008). Recent other volumes include: Discerning the Divine (Westminster/John Knox 2004); Authentic Spirituality (Baker Academic/Emeth Press 2001, 2006); and The Scripture Principle, with Clark Pinnock (Baker Academic/Emeth Press 2006, 2009). He holds academic degrees from Geneva College, Anderson University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. He is a founding officer and current corporate secretary of Horizon International, a Christian ministry to AIDS orphans in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

George KnightGeorge R. Knight taught at Andrews University for 30 years, from 1976 to 1985 in the field of philosophy and history of education and from 1985 to 2006 as professor of church history. Prior to coming to Andrews he served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor, elementary and secondary teacher, and school administrator. He is a specialist in Adventist Studies having written several books in Adventist history and the development of the denomination’s theology. His foremost works in the area of soteriology are The Cross of Christ, Sin and Salvation, and I Used to Be Perfect. Knight has published nearly 40 books and edited another 35. He is currently editor of the Adventist Classic Library, the Adventist Pioneer Biographical Series, and (with Woodrow Whidden) the Library of Adventist Theology. He has also been the editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies, the research editor of The Journal of Adventist Education, and the general editor of the Abundant Life Bible Amplifier Commentary. He currently lives in a somewhat less than retirement in Rogue River, Oregon, where he and his wife enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Hans K. LaRondelleIn 1991 Dr. Hans K. LaRondelle retired after twenty-five years of teaching at the SDA Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Andrews University faculty, he served in the Netherlands as a pastor-evangelist for fourteen years. He received his doctoral degree in Systematic Theology under the direction of the distinguished Dutch theologian Dr. G. C. Berkouwer at the Reformed Free University in Amsterdam in 1971. As a prolific writer, he has authored many books including Perfection and Perfectionism: A Dogmatic-Ethical Study of Biblical Perfection and Phenomenal Perfectionism (Andrews University Press, 1971); Christ Our Salvation: What God Does for Us and in Us (Pacific Press, 1980); Deliverance in the Psalms: Messages of Hope for Today (First Impressions, 1983); The Israel of God in Prophecy: Principles of Prophetic Interpretation (Andrews University Press, 1983); Chariots of Salvation: The Biblical Drama of Armageddon (Review and Herald, 1986); The Good News about Armageddon (Review and Herald, 1990); How to Understand the End-Time Prophecies of the Bible: The Biblical-Contextual Approach (First Impressions, 1997); Assurance of Salvation (Pacific Press, 1999); Light for the Last Days: Jesus' End-Time Prophecies Made Plain in the Book of Revelation (Pacific Press, 1999); and Our Creator Redeemer: An Introduction to Biblical Covenant Theology (Andrews University Press, 2005). He also has written numerous scholarly and professional articles.

Woodrow WhiddenWoodrow Whidden (PhD, Drew Univ.,1989) has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor in the South, East and Mid-west of the United States from 1969 until 1990. From 1990 until 2006 he taught in the undergraduate Religion Department of Andrews University. Since August of 2006 has taught in the Seminary of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines. A frequent contributor to Ministry Magazine, he has been published in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Asbury Theological Journal, Toronto Journal of Theology, and Andrews University Seminary Studies. His book publications include Ellen White on Salvation (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1995), Ellen White on the Humanity of Christ (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1997), and The Trinity: Its Implications for Life and Thought (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2002; co-authored with Jerry Moon and John Reeve). His most recent volume is a biography of Seventh-day Adventist editor, and revivalist Ellet Joseph Waggoner entitled E. J. Waggoner: From the Physician of Good News to Agent of Division (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2008). Professor Whidden is married to Peggy Gibbs Whidden and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Denis FortinDenis Fortin is dean and professor of theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He was appointed dean in 2006. Since joining the Seminary faculty in1994, Fortin also served as director of the master of divinity program (1999-2001), associate dean (2000-2004), and chair of the department of theology and Christian philosophy (2006). Born in Quebec City, Canada, Fortin received a bachelor of arts degree in pastoral ministry from Canadian University College, Alberta, in 1982. He earned a master of divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University in 1986 and a doctorate in theology from the Université Laval, Quebec, in 1995. His dissertation is titled: “Adventism in the Eastern Townships of Quebec: Implantation and Institutionalization in the 19th Century.” Prior to coming to Andrews, Fortin served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Fortin has authored a number of publications on Adventist history and theology. In 2004 he published Adventism in Quebec: The Dynamics of Rural Church Growth, 1830-1910 (Andrews University Press). He is co-editor of the forthcoming Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, to be published by the Review and Herald. He is married to Kristine Knutson, coordinator of advising services at Andrews University. Their children are Kimberly and her husband, Andrew Fish, Mark, and Erika.

Gary LandBorn in California, Gary Land received a B.A. (1966) from Pacific Union College and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1973) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the Department of History and Political Science at Andrews University in 1970 and has served as chair since1989; he is planning to retire from teaching in September 2010. Gary has edited and written books on Seventh-day Adventism, including Adventism in America (Eerdmans, 1986), The World of Ellen G. White (Review and Herald, 1987), Historical Dictionary of the Seventh-day Adventists (Scarecrow, 2005), and, with Calvin W. Edwards, Seeker After Light: A. F. Ballenger, Adventism, and American Christianity (Andrews, 2000). Teaching History (Andrews, 2000) is a short introduction to a Christian approach to history. He enjoys collecting books and musical recordings, and watching and writing about baseball, the latter resulting in Growing Up with Baseball (Nebraska, 2004). He is married to Edi, an elementary music teacher; they have two grown children.

Jiri MoskalaÁngel Rodríguez, TH.D., an Associate Director in the Biblical Research Institute since 1992, was elected as Director of the Institute beginning January 1, 2002. Born in Puerto Rico, he has served as president of Antillian College and academic vice president of Southwestern Adventist University. He is a member of the American Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of several books and has a monthly column in Adventist World.


Keith StanglinKeith Stanglin is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he teaches courses in church history, theology, and philosophy. He has a M.Div. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. His Ph.D. is from Calvin Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology. He has written Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation: The Context, Roots, and Shape of the Leiden Debate, 1603–1609 (Brill, 2007); and The Missing Public Disputations of Jacobus Arminius: Introduction, Text, and Notes (Brill, 2010). He also co-edited Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe (Brill, 2009). He is currently working on an introduction to Arminius’ theology, tentatively entitled Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Oxford University Press.

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