Plenary Speakers

Andy Crouch

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today (CT), including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing.  His most recent publication is Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing. His previous books include Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma is President of BioLogos. Gifted in interpreting complex scientific topics for lay audiences, Deb often speaks to churches, colleges, and schools about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She wrote Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design with her husband and fellow physicist, Loren Haarsma, a book presenting the agreements and disagreements of Christians regarding the history of life and the universe.  She also edited the anthology Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church with Rev. Scott Hoezee. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College, with several publications on extragalactic astronomy and cosmologyHaarsma earned a PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a musician, author, and storyteller. He has recorded several full-length albums and tours regularly around the United States. His most recent albums are The Burning Edge of Dawn and a greatest hits album entitled After All These Years. Andrew is also the author of the four-book Wingfeather Saga, a fantasy series for young readers, and he regularly teaches classes and workshops on creative writing. Additionally, he is the founder of the Rabbit Room, a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship.

Hans Madueme

Hans Madueme is assistant professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Georgia. After earning an MD degree and a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Madueme went on to pursue a second career in theological studies. After completing a PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he has gone on to work on the interface between faith and science, a topic he speaks on regularly.

Greg Waybright

Dr. Greg Waybright is the senior pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA. Before accepting his post there, he served as the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Waybright previously served as the pastor of several other churches in the Midwest. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Marquette University. His also an alumnus of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Gordon Hugenberger

Gordon Hugenberger is the senior minister at Park Street Church in Boston, MA since 1997. He completed a BA at Harvard University, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies in Oxford, England. He has served on the faculty at Gordon-Conwell since 1974. His research and scholarship interests include Old Testament theology, Hebrew grammar, and ethics.

Breakout Session Speakers

Kristen Deede Johnson

Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary, Kristen Deede Johnson was the founding director of the Studies in Ministry Minor and the Center for Ministry Studies at Hope College, programs dedicated to upholding the significance of theological formation, spiritual growth, cultural engagement, and vocational discernment. Through her teaching and writing, Kristen seeks to help Christians become increasingly aware of the importance of theological formation and cultural discernment. She has written Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge University Press) and an array of articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a book with Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission entitled,Justice that Perseveres.

John Walton

John Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. After earning his PhD from Hebrew Union College, Dr. Walton taught at Moody Bible Institute before coming to Wheaton in 2001. His areas of research include Ancient Near East studies and Old Testament backgrounds. He is a regular speaker at conferences and churches around the country. He is also author and co-author of several books, including textbooks for Old Testament studies, Old Testament Today (Zondervan, 2014), The Lost World of Genesis One (IVP Academic, 2009), and The Lost World of Adam & Eve (IVP Academic, 2015).

Douglas Estes

Douglas Estes is Assistant Professor of New Testament & Practical Theology and DMin Program Director at South University––Columbia. He earned his PhD in New Testament from the University of Nottingham. Dr. Estes is the author of several books, most recently including How John Works (SBL, 2016) and Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament (Zondervan, 2017). He is also a member of the second fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians.

Cherith Lundin

Cherith Lundin is an assistant professor of art at Wheaton College. Working within a variety of media, she traces the interplay of fleeting light and architectural space, exploring complex psychological and visceral structures within everyday moments. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Dr. Lundin has received numerous grants and fellowships, including from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art, MCAD/Jerome Foundation, and Indiana Arts Commission, as well as a HATCH Project Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition.

Jarrod Longbons

Reverend Jarrod Longbons is the sixth Senior Minister of Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, GA. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of John Milbank. Rev. Longbons’s research focuses on the doctrine of creation, ecology, and the church as a “community of creation.” He is a member of the third fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians.

Johann Buis

Johann Buis is Associate Professor of Music (Musicology), and Coordinator of Wheaton’s Music History Area. He has been in demand as a lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other organizations. In addition, he held seminars in the USA, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Germany. His professional activities include service on standing committees (including the Board of Directors) of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Society for American Music (SAM). His international activities include conference and seminar presentations, consultation, and service as an external examiner for doctoral dissertations.

Jeremy Mann

Jeremy serves the Center For Pastor Theologians as director of programming and development. Jeremy graduated from Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy. He earned an M.A. in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University while teaching in Los Angeles through Teach For America. After training new Special Education teachers for Teach For America in Chicago, Jeremy completed an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2015. He is now a PhD candidate at Wheaton College and is leading the launch of a classical Christian school on Chicago’s west side in 2017.

Paige Cunningham

Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, is the executive director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Biotechnology and the Human Future, and a Trustee of Taylor University. Cunningham is an adjunct professor of law at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She was an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College for eight years. Cunningham lectures regularly and has published numerous articles, editorials, and book chapters in the areas of law, bioethics, and public policy. She has testified before congressional committees at the state and national level, has appeared frequently on radio and television, and has a regular commentary on Moody Radio, “Everyday Bioethics.”

Gerald Hiestand

Gerald Hiestand is the Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church, in Oak Park, IL, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Pastor Theologians. Gerald has an MA in Christian Thought, and is pursuing a PhD in Classics from the University of Reading. Gerald is the general editor of the Bulletin for Ecclesial Theology and the author and editor of a number of books, including The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan, 2015) and Becoming a Pastor Theologian (IVP Academic, 2016). Gerald and his wife, Jill, have four children.

Trygve Johnson

The Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson has served as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College since 2005. He also preaches nationally in churches, at Christian conferences and at other college campuses. He is ordained in the Reformed Church of America, is an adjunct professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary, and is the author of The Preacher as Liturgical Artist (Cascade Press, 2014). He holds a PhD from St. Andrews University in Scotland and is a member of the first fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians

Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson is the teaching and small groups pastor at The Crossing in Columbia, MO. Charles earned a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge and then taught New Testament for five years at Oak Hill, an Anglican seminary in London. He is a member of the first fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians.

Jonathan Huggins

Dr. Huggins is the College Chaplain and Pastor of Mount Berry Church. He has Academic Graduate degrees from Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the University of Stellenbosch. He is also an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church in North America. He is married to Lisa (Berry Alum, ’00) and together they have three children. Dr. Huggins teaches courses in Biblical and Theological studies at Berry College. He is a member of the third fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians.

Stephen Witmer

Stephen is the lead pastor at Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Cambridge (PhD in New Testament) and taught New Testament studies at the University of Cambridge and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary before becoming pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in June of 2008. His prior ministry experience includes serving as an intern under Dr. John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen continues to teach New Testament at Gordon-Conwell. He has written Eternity Changes Everything: How to live now in the light of your future, The Good Book Guide to Jonah, and numerous articles that have appeared in publications such as Bible Study Magazine, Reformation 21, and the Gospel Coalition website. He is a member of the first fellowship of the Center For Pastor Theologians

Kristen Page

Dr. Kristen Page is the Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair and Professor of Biology at Wheaton College. Her professional interests include disease transmission dynamics as a function of land-use and the development of mitigation strategies for zoonotic diseases. Her research primarily focuses on the transmission dynamics of raccoon roundworm and the development of mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of transmission to children. Dr. Page is also investigating the link between parasitic infection and other opportunistic infections among HIV patients. She has written dozens of published articles with various biology and wildlife journals.

Greg Forster

Greg Forster serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He has a Ph.D. with distinction in political philosophy from Yale University. He is the author of six books, most recently Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It (Crossway, 2014). He is a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular periodicals; speaks at large conferences like the Gospel Coalition and Jubilee; edits the group blog Hang Together; and contributes regularly to other online outlets. His primary scholarly interest is studying how the structures of culture and civilization (family, work, education, business, politics, etc.) respond to the challenge of the gospel and the ambiguous tensions of religious freedom, in order to equip the church to be good citizens of both the Kingdom of God and our human communities.

Todd Wilson

Todd is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, and co-founder and chairman of the Center for Pastor Theologians. Todd has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Cambridge University. In addition to being the author of several scholarly articles in the area of New Testament studies, he is also the author of The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (Mohr-Siebeck), Paul’s Life and Letters (Kregel), Real Christian (Zondervan), coeditor (with Leland Ryken) of Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes (Crossway), and coauthor (with Leland and Phil Ryken) of Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Classics (Baker). His most recent book, written along with Gerald Hiestand, is The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan, 2015). He and his wife, Katie, both grew up in Carmel, Indiana and have seven children.

Michael LeFebvre

Michael LeFebvre is the pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian in the western suburbs of Indianapolis. He received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and his publications include Collections, Codes, and Torah (on biblical law), William Symington: Penman of the Scottish CovenantersSinging the Songs of Jesus (on Psalm singing), and Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One (with Philip Ryken). Dr. LeFebvre serves on the board of directors of the Center For Pastor Theologians and is a member of its second fellowship.