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

Other Speakers

In addition to the plenary speakers, there will be a number of other speakers. This list will grow as scholars respond to the call for papers.

Stephen Bauer   Kenley Hall   Jiri Moskala   Terry Robertson
Peter van Bemmelen   David Hamstra   Joseph Olstad   A. Rahel Schafer
Ron E. M. Clouzet   Martin Hanna   Kevin Paulson   Caesar Wamalika
Jo Ann Davidson   Darius Jankiewicz   John C. Peckham   Zane Yi
Richard Davidson   Robert M. Johnston   John W. Reeve   Michael F. Younker
Jacques B. Doukhan   Skip MacCarty   Richard Rice    


Stephen Bauer
Historical Backgrounds of the Doctrine of Sinning in Adam

Steve Bauer Stephen Bauer joined the School of Religion of Southern Adventist University in the summer of 1999. Before that, he served as a district pastor. Steve is a lifelong SDA who was inspired by his parents' living and practical faith in Jesus. He loves to teach and preach the experience of righteousness by faith in Christ. Steve is highly motivated by his belief that the end of all things is at hand. His great burden is to equip people – including his students – to live their lives by faith in what God says. Bauer spent eight years as the pastor of several multi-church districts in two conferences. He also worked as a Bible worker/assistant pastor prior to full-time district ministry. His experience includes some inner-city work in New York City, though most of his ministry has been in the suburban setting. He regularly preaches and conducts seminars at local churches, camp meetings, conference workers' meetings, and more. Topics include (but are not limited to) practical righteousness by faith, doctrine of salvation, moral and theological implications of Darwinian evolution, the popular doctrine of the pretribulation rapture, the Holy Spirit, and the Ten Commandments. Steve is married to Leslie Eagles Bauer (B.S., Andrews University, 1980), a registered nurse, and has two children, Andrew and Heather. Steve enjoys several hobbies, including golf, photography, radio-control flying, beekeeping, creation-evolution issues, hiking, camping, ornithology, and music.

Peter van Bemmelen
Ellen White and the Main Issues Between Arminianism and Calvinism

Peter van BemmelenPeter van Bemmelen was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1934. Converted at age 20, he studied for the ministry graduating from Newbold College, England in 1959. For six years he worked as a pastor in Holland where he and Cobie Derwort united their lives in 1960. The Lord blessed their marriage with three daughters. The van Bemmelens are the grateful grandparents of six grandchildren. In 1965 they went as missionaries to Surinam (the former Dutch Guyana) in South America. Since 1971 Dr. van Bemmelen has been engaged in training ministers–first at Caribbean Union College, Trinidad, later at Newbold College, England and, since 1993, at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Michigan. In 1987 he received a Doctor of Theology degree in Systematic Theology from Andrews University. His dissertation entitled Issues in Biblical Inspiration was published by Andrews University Press in 1988. He has contributed articles to several periodicals and to symposia such as Women in Ministry (1998), Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology (2000), Understanding Scripture: An Adventist Approach (2006), “Ellen White and Current Issues” Symposium, Vol. 5 (2010), and Interpreting Scripture (2010). He was co-editor of and contributor to Christ, Salvation, and the Eschaton: Essays in Honor of Hans R. LaRondelle (2010). He retired from full-time teaching in 2004 but is still engaged in teaching, research, and writing.

Ron E. M. Clouzet
The Baptism of the Spirit in Ellen White’s Writings: How Arminian Is Her Position?

Ron ClouzetRon E. M. Clouzet is Professor of Christian Ministry and Pastoral Theology and Director of the NAD Evangelism Institute (NADEI) at the SDA Theological Seminary in Andrews University. He is also the secretary of the North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Association. Born and raised in Argentina, he graduated from La Sierra University (B.A), Andrews University (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.), where he wrote a dissertation entitled A Biblical Paradigm for Ministerial Education. For 12 years, Clouzet was a pastor in Northern California, followed by 17 years of teaching ministry. At Southern Adventist University, he was Professor of Practical Theology and later Dean of the School of Religion. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in ministry, preaching, evangelism, prophetic guidance, the Gospels, and Christian spirituality. Dr. Clouzet has been published in a number of professional and scholarly journals, and has spoken in church and scholarly gatherings in almost every state and province in the NAD and over 50 countries abroad, presenting on topics like the Holy Spirit, spiritual theology, ministerial training, and Christian life and discipleship. Dr Clouzet is married to Lisa Clouzet (M.S., M.A.), a licensed counselor and a former hospital chaplain. She is a student mentor and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Chaplaincy at the SDA Theological Seminary. They have three young adult children: Christoffer, Alexander, and Stefani.

Jo Ann Davidson

Jo Ann DavidsonDaughter of missionary parents, Jo Ann Davidson is also a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist. She recalls her mother saying to her, "the blessings of being a Seventh-day Adventist have surely seeped into your genes and chromosomes by now!" Formerly a home schooling mom and music instructor, Jo Ann now teaches in the Andrews University Theological Seminary–the first woman to teach in the Theology department. She earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) in 2000. Articles she has written have appeared in the Adventist Review, Signs of the Times, and the Journal of The Adventist Theological Society. Her column, "Let's Face It," which has a woman’s slant on theology appears regularly in the journal Perspective Digest. She has also authored the books Jonah: The Inside Story, published by the Review and Herald, and Toward a Theology of Beauty: A Biblical Perspective, published by University Press of America. Jo Ann finds great fulfillment in her many roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, teacher, musician, student and Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

Richard Davidson

Richard DavidsonRichard Davidson is J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and chairperson of the Old Testament Department at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has been with the Andrews faculty since 1979. Born in California, Davidson attended Loma Linda University, graduating in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree in theology. Two years later he earned his master of divinity degree summa cum laude from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He also received his doctorate in Biblical Studies at Andrews in 1981. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Typological Structures in the Old and New Testaments." It is now published under the title Typology in Scripture. Before coming to Andrews Davidson served as an associate pastor and was ordained as a minister in Prescott, Arizona, in 1974. Davidson has written numerous articles for refereed journals and Adventist denominational papers, as well as various chapters in scholarly books. Additional publications include the following books: A Love Song for the Sabbath (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1988), In the Footsteps of Joshua (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1995), Biblical Hermeneutics (in Romanian; Editura CARD, 2003), and Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament (Hendrickson Publishers, 2007). He is married to Jo Ann Mazat Davidson who also teaches at the Theological Seminary. They have a daughter, Rahel, and a son, Jonathan.

Jacques B. Doukhan
Fate or Destiny: The Issue of Predestination and Free Will in Hebrew (OT) and Jewish Thought

Jacques DoukhanJacques B. Doukhan is professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and director of the Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has been with the Andrews faculty since 1984. Born in Algeria, Doukhan attended the University of Lyon, the Adventist Seminary in Collonges. Later, he received a Master in Hebrew Language and Literature and a doctorate in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Strasbourg. He was also the recipient of a post-doctoral research scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a doctor of theology degree in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology from Andrews University. Dr. Doukhan also holds a Master in Egyptology from the University of Montpellier. In addition to his published articles and reviews, Doukhan has written ten books including the following: Drinking at the Sources; Daniel, The Vision of the End (translated into German); Hebrew for Theologians; Secrets of Daniel: A Jewish Prince in Exile (2000); Secrets of Revelation: The Apocalypse Through Hebrew Eyes (2002; with translations into several languages); Israel and the Church: Two Voices for the Same God (Hendrickson Publishers, 2002); Mystery of Israel (Review and Herald Publishing Assoc., 2004); and Ecclesiastes: All Is Vanity (Pacific Press Publishing Assoc., 2006). Also he edited the book Thinking in the Shadow of Hell: The Impact of the Holocaust on Theology and Jewish-Christian Relations (Andrews University Press, 2002). Doukhan is married to Lilianne Uebersax, and they have one daughter.

Kenley Hall
The Great Awakening—Calvinism, Arminianism and Revivalistic Preaching—Homiletical Lessons for Today

Kenley HallKenley Hall spent 15 years in pastoral ministry primarily within the rich ethnic/cultural diversity of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area in northern California. He received his DMin in Homiletics in 2008 from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. His project dissertation was titled "A Model for Preaching in a Multiethnic/Multicultural Context: Understanding and Connecting with 'Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People' in the Preaching Event." He currently serves as an associate professor of Christian Ministry-Homiletics and as Director of Theological Field Education at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Kenley is married to Roshelle. They have three children (Sara, KL, and Josh) and one grandson (Dillon).

David Hamstra
Zechariah 3 and the Day of Atonement

David HamstraDavid Hamstra serves as pastor of the Fort McMurray Seventh-day Adventist Church in Alberta, Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian University College (BA, 2004) and Andrews University (MDiv, 2010). David—who has been involved in the Adventist blogging community since 2005—is an online columnist for Adventist Today; web editor for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary blog, Memory, Meaning & Faith; and still occasionally posts at his blog, apokalupto. He has also written for Ministry and the Canadian Adventist Messenger. David is married to Heidi, and God has blessed them with two sons. He enjoys cooking, jogging, telling jokes, and road trips.

Martin Hanna
Predestined to Freedom According to Foreknowledge and Other Kinds of Divine Knowledge  

Martin HannaMartin Hanna is from Nassau, one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, where he served as High School Teacher and Pastor. At Northern Caribbean University, in Jamaica, he served as Counselor, Dean of Men, Associate Professor, Chair of Religion, and Research Center Director. He earned a PhD at Andrews University, where he enjoys research and teaching, especially on science-theology relations as is evident in his book The Cosmic Christ of Scripture. He enjoys even more his marriage to Henrietta Hanna (PhD in Nursing) and their children: Pharez, Melody, and Zachary. Martin is also a fan of basketball, books, and blogs.

Darius Jankiewicz
Two Visions of God and Male Headship: A Study in Calvinist and Arminian Presuppositions

Darius JankiewiczDarius Jankiewicz is associate professor of Historical Theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs. Born in Poland, Jankiewicz immigrated to Australia in 1986 and received his Bachelor of Arts in theology from Avondale College in 1989. Following his graduation he worked as a pastor in the Greater Sydney Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1993 he moved to USA where he completed Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees, graduating in 2001. Following his graduation he returned to Australia where he served as the senior pastor of three churches in Tasmania. In 2003 he was ordained to the Gospel ministry. In 2004, he was called to serve as a professor of theology at the Adventist owned Fulton College in Fiji. In 2007 he was called back to the USA to serve as an associate professor of theology at the Seminary. Darius is married to Edyta and they have two children, Caitlin (11) and Ashley (9).

Robert M. Johnston
Apocalyptic and Free Will

Robert JohnstonBorn in California, Robert M. Johnston served as a missionary in Korea and the Philippines for twelve years before returning to the United States for doctoral studies at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, completing his degree in Biblical studies with a concentration in New Testament. His dissertation dealt with early rabbinic parables, and he has coauthored a book comparing these to the Gospel parables. Since 1973 he has been a teacher at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, for ten years in the theology department, and after that in the New Testament department, serving as its chair for many years. He has written three books and numerous articles. He retired in 2002 but continues to teach on a contract basis. With his wife Madeline he has four children.

Skip MacCarty
The Heart of Him Who Hardens Hearts

Skip MacCartySkip MacCarty, Associate Pastor for Evangelism at the Pioneer Memorial Church, graduated from La Sierra College, and received his M.Div. and D.Min from Andrews University. He is the author of In Granite and Ingrained: What the Old and New Covenants Reveal About the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath, published by Andrews University Press. He is a co-author with Charles Arand (Lutheran), Chris Blomberg (Baptist), and Joseph Pipa (Presbyterian) of Perspectives on the Sabbath: Four Views, scheduled to be published by Broadman and Holman (a B&H Academic book) in April 2011.

Jiří Moskala
Calvin’s Teaching on Double Predestination in Light of the Biblical Message

Jiri MoskalaJiří Moskala is professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He joined the faculty in 1999. Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received his bachelor of arts in 1976, master of theology in 1979, and doctor of theology in 1990, all from the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University, Czech Republic. His dissertation was entitled: “The Book of Daniel and the Maccabean Thesis: The Problem of Authorship, Unity, Structure, and Seventy Weeks in the Book of Daniel (A Contribution to the Discussion on Canonical Apocalyptics)” and was published in the Czech language. In 1998, he completed his doctor of philosophy from Andrews University. His dissertation is entitled: “The Laws of Clean and Unclean Animals of Leviticus 11: Their Nature, Theology, and Rationale (An Intertextual Study)” and has been published under the same title. Prior to coming to Andrews, Moskala served in various capacities (ordained pastor, administrator, teacher, and principal) in the Czech Republic. He is a member of different theological societies and has authored or edited a number of articles and books in the Czech and English languages. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan. Moskala is married to Eva Moskalova. They have five grown children (Andrea, Marcela, Petra, Daniel, and David) and three sons-in-law (Michael, Jonathan, and Gregory).

Joseph Olstad
Universal Legal Justification: A Failed Alternative Between Calvin and Arminius

Joseph OlstadJoseph Olstad is enrolled in the historical-theological department at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines. He is currently residing in the U.S. while writing his M.A. thesis. Nine years of youth ministry in the states provided him with evangelism opportunities in the Philippines, Romania, and Fiji. He earned his B.A. in Religion (2006) from Andrews University and has served as a pastor in Vermont. He lives in northwest Montana with his wife and three daughters.

Kevin Paulson
“The Glory Which Shall be Revealed in Us”: The Biblical and Historical Roots of Last Generation Theology in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Kevin PaulsonPastor Kevin Paulson serves on the pastoral staff of the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He holds a B.A. in theology from Pacific Union College, an M.A. in systematic theology from Loma Linda University, and is presently in the process of completing requirements for the Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Andrews University. A fifth-generation Seventh-day Adventist, he is a lifelong student of the Bible, the writings of Ellen White, and Adventism's continuing theological controversies. He is also an avid student of world history and of the American political process. He writes and speaks frequently, throughout the Adventist world, regarding current issues in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

John C. Peckham
The Conditionality and Unconditionality of Divine Love: A Brief Consideration of the Relationship between Love and Election in the Old Testament

John PeckhamJohn C. Peckham is an instructor of religion at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX. Previously he served as a pastor in the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He graduated from Atlantic Union College (B.S.), Andrews University (M.Div.), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Systematic Theology at Andrews University. His dissertation (in-progress) is tentatively entitled: “Divine Love in the Context of the God-World Relationship.” Articles John has written have appeared in Trinity Journal, Didaskalia, the Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, Perspective Digest, and Ministry Magazine. His passion is studying and proclaiming the beauty of the biblical worldview and the incomparable love of God that it manifests. John is married to a wonderful and very supportive woman, Brenda, who is a Registered Nurse.

John W. Reeve
Origen’s apokatastasis and Ellen White’s “One Pulse of Harmony”

John ReeveJohn W. Reeve is Assistant Professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He teaches primarily early church, middle ages and some reformation history. John is also editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies and co-author of a book on The Trinity. He is the Vice-President of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies. John's doctoral dissertation focused on the theological anthropology of Theophilus of Antioch and the shift in the understanding of the human soul and judgment in late second century Christianity. John has worked as youth pastor, camp director, and as a baker. He enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and bird watching. John’s wife, Teresa L. Reeve, PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament in the Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI where they live with their nine-year-old daughter Madeleine.

Richard Rice
Does Open Theism Limit God?

Richard Rice Richard Rice is Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University, where he began teaching in 1974. He has degrees from Andrews University (MDiv) and the University of Chicago Divinity School (MA, PhD). His scholarly interests include Christian theology (doctrine of God), philosophy of religion (theodicy and religious epistemology), and religion and the sciences. His published writings include a textbook on Christian doctrines and chapters in The Openness of God: A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of God, by Pinnock et al., and Searching for an Adequate God: A Dialogue between Process and Free Will Theists, edited by John Cobb and Clark Pinnock.

Terry Robertson
The Implications of Arminius’ Understanding of the Intellect on the Role of Scholarship in the Mission of the SDA Church

Terry RobertsonTerry Robertson is Associate Professor of Library Science and serves as Seminary Librarian in James White Library, Andrews University. In addition to collection development responsibilities and library reference services, He teaches the master’s level research methods course for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Born in Canada, he immigrated with his family to the United States while still a young teen. He graduated from Andrews University with a BA in 1978, and an MA in 1980. After serving as a pastor and chaplain, he joined the James White Library staff in 1992, and was appointed Seminary Librarian after completing an M.L.S. from Indiana University in 1998. He is currently on the International Collaboration Committee of the American Theological Library Association. Research interests include information literacy and scholarly communication. Terry is married to Yolande, and they have two grown children (Jean-Paul, married to Trisha, and Didier), and one grandson.

A. Rahel Schafer
The Knowledge from Creation: Condemning Glory and Hopeful Suffering in Romans 1:18-23 and 8:19-23

A. Rahel SchaferA. Rahel Schafer credits her passion for God's word and God's world to the heritage and instruction received from her parents, Drs. Richard and JoAnn Davidson. Long interested in the interface between science and theology, Rahel completed the B.S. in Biology (2001), the M.A. in Religion (2003), with an emphasis in Old Testament, and the M.S. in Biology (2008) from Andrews University, defending a thesis on the paleoecology and taphonomy of microfossils. She is currently a third year Ph.D. student in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), researching the Old Testament portrayal of God's response to the suffering of animals. Rahel is married to Kirk Schafer, and they love to backpack, climb mountains, cross-country ski, and lead church youth groups.

Caesar Wamalika
An Examination of Adventist Soteriological Roots in Wesleyan Arminianism as Related to Justification and Sanctification

Caesar WamalikaCaesar Wamalika is a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Pastor and Chaplain of the University Church. He has also served in various capacities in the local field, Union mission and spoken in number of international church gatherings and scholarly meetings. He loves tracing the soteriological thread that runs throughout the story of Christian theology and reads lots of historical theological works. He has reviewed books and written some articles. He is currently examining Adventist Soteriological roots in Weslyan Arminianism with reference to the relationship between Justification and the New Birth. He is married to Martha Wamalika, an assistant librarian in the university library. The couple has two sons and two daughters: Sharon, Bethel, Kennedy and Berna.

Zane Yi
Responsive Reason: Towards an Arminian Account of the Formation of Theistic Beliefs

Zane YiZane Yi is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Fordham University in New York. He graduated from Southern Adventist University (B.A., Theology), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A., Theology) and Loyola Marymount University (M.A., Philosophy). His dissertation focuses on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, examining Taylor as a philosopher of religion. Zane has served as a campus minister, as well as a pastor to youth and young adults. He is married to Angela Yi, a neuropsychologist, and lives in Atlanta, GA.

Michael F. Younker
A Tentative Proposal for a Problem in Common: Logic in Arminianism and Adventism Within the Context of Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom

Michael YounkerMichael F. Younker, B.A. in both History and Religion from Andrews University (2005), is currently pursuing studies toward a Ph.D in Philosophical Theology from Andrews University. His areas of research include philosophical logic and Scriptural hermeneutics, advances in neuroscience related to consciousness, intelligent design, and quantum physics. All of these areas coincide in his dissertation topic, which pertains to the compatibility of divine foreknowledge and human freedom and their relationship to a satisfying theodicy. He currently serves as the associate editor for the Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, as well as working as an independent IT consultant. He also enjoys traveling, with numerous trips to the Middle East (on archaeological digs) and Europe, building and fixing computers and working with GPS technology, classical music, hanging out with youth ministry groups, and doing anything outdoor related, but especially playing baseball and soccer (representing his affinity for differing cultures).

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