Over 250 Protestant Leaders Sign ‘Reforming Catholic Confession’ on Essentials of Christian Faith


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Over 250 Protestant Leaders Sign ‘Reforming Catholic Confession’ on Essentials of Christian Faith

German theologian and religious reformer Martin Luther

Over 250 prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders from around the world released on Tuesday a theological statement affirming the essentials of the Reformation. And its Protestant authors contend that in this 500th anniversary year, the document is a “catholic” statement in its best sense.

The Reforming Catholic Confession is a document which outlines the main theological commitments held by a wide breadth of Protestant Christians, including evangelicals, since the Reformation. The purpose of such a statement is to demonstrate the remarkable togetherness that exists throughout the world among Protestants on the core elements of Christianity, said Jerry Walls, an author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University.

Despite how some Roman Catholics fasten the divisions within Protestantism as a case against it, including the joking about there being 33,000 different denominations — as if the entire legacy of the Reformation is endless religious splintering — the Confession showcases the extensive agreement on the substance of the historic Christian faith, Walls told The Christian Post.

The statement’s signatories include a sizable list of biblical heavyweights who hail from a variety of traditions. Over 110 Christian institutions, over 30 of which are international, are represented.

(PHOTO: COURTESY OF JERRY WALLS) Jerry Walls, author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University.

“I just got the idea that one of the best ways we could actually commemorate the Reformation, and remind people of what really lay behind it and what motivated the Reformers was to come up with a confession of faith that represented the substantial unity among the heirs of the Reformation,” Walls said.

He summarily wrote to several biblical scholars and theologians about the idea, all of whom responded favorably, including Kevin Vanhoozer, a professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and author of Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity.

As Walls, who is Wesleyan, and Vanhoozer, who is Reformed, began working together and continued reaching out to even more people across the denominational spectrum to join them, the momentum for the project only increased and a palpable excitement was afoot.

“What I really started to sense was that this thing could really be significant,” Walls said. “It was just beautiful to see Pentecostals and Lutherans working together to find common language.”

The Reforming Catholic Confession contains 12 articles that outline their beliefs in such basic Christian tenets as “The Triune God,” “The Atoning Work of Christ,” “The Gospel,” and “The Church,” particularly as it relates to what the Reformers accomplished.

The beliefs are followed by 25 “why we say what we say” explanations that capture key cornerstones and dimensions of the Christian faith. No single group of participants got every single thing they wanted expressed in the document, which underwent multiple drafts and lengthy revisions, but they nevertheless arrived at a mutually agreed upon declaration.

“The question was not ‘Does this statement say everything you would want it to say, but ‘Can you agree with us thus far?'” Walls said.

As for why they decided to call it a “catholic” confession, Walls said he felt it is important to reclaim the word “catholic.”

“The Church of Rome simply calls itself, ‘The Catholic Church.’ It is not the catholic church,'” he emphasized. “It is one part of the holy catholic church.”

“We want to make clear that ‘catholic’ is a much more expansive reality than the church of Rome. And we want Protestants to understand that when they are true to their own heritage, and their own roots, they are ‘catholic’ also.”

The genesis of the statement began earlier this year as Walls was researching for his upcoming book, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation, which he wrote with Kenneth Collins. One of the things the two authors emphasize is that Protestantism is a better representation of true Catholicism than Roman Catholicism is.

(PHOTO: COURTESY OF KEVIN VANHOOZER) Kevin J. Vanhoozer, professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

On Oct. 31, Protestant evangelicals around the world will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, objecting to corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church, most notably the selling of papal indulgences.

“A lot of people have been asking the question ‘Is the Reformation over? Was it a mistake?” said Kevin Vanhoozer, who took charge of the drafting the initial statement, in an interview with CP.

“I would say that there is a permanent gain that we shouldn’t lose.”

The Reformation was not “a Pandora’s box that unleashed an interpretive anarchy and schism upon the world,” he stressed.

“In fact, Protestants have always agreed about the essentials. What has happened is where we disagree about some things, and as it is with every family, when you disagree and you have so much in common, it is because you have so much in common that the disagreements look so much larger.”

Article 2 of the Confession addresses “Holy Scripture” and the line Protestants are famous for: “sola scriptura.” This is the phrase that underpins the Roman Catholic joke about Protestants having tens of thousand of denominational groups due to the variety of ways the Bible can be interpreted without a magisterial authority like the Roman Catholic Church has.

“Scripture is God’s inspired and illuminating Word in the words of his servants (Psa. 119:105), the prophets and apostles, a gracious self-communication of God’s own light and life, a means of grace for growing in knowledge and holiness. The Bible is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it commands, trusted in all that it promises, and revered in all that it reveals,” the article reads.

As English speakers, “sola scriptura” is frequently misunderstood, Vanhoozer told CP, noting that the phrase is frequently interpreted as “Scripture alone” as though it is somehow “apart from the Church, apart from tradition, and apart from the Holy Spirit.” But “sola scriptura” does not mean that whatsoever when taken in its rightful, theological context, he said.

“The Reformers wanted to read scripture with the communion of the saints,” Vanhoozer said, noting how important it was for both Luther and John Calvin to articulate that they were in line with Christian orthodoxy.

“And in part the reason they wanted to say that is because Scripture itself leads us to believe that the Spirit will lead the Church into all truth, that the Spirit will not abandon the Church to the vagaries of individual reading.”

The phrase “Scripture alone,” he said, does not mean that it is the singular voice people ought to consult but that the Word of God does have supreme authority.

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    1. You can find them if you Google “Reforming Catholic Confession.” There are over 1,300 signatures on the list. Here are the 250 of which the article speaks.—Total Signature Count: 1369
      Initial Signatories

      Dr. Gwenfair Walters Adams
      Associate Professor of Church History
      Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Kimberly Ervin Alexander
      Associate Professor
      Regent University School of Divinity
      United States
      Dr. Mark Allen
      Chairman, Dept. of Biblical Studies
      School of Divinity, Liberty University
      United States
      Dr. Gregg Allison
      Professor of Christian Theology
      Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Leith Anderson
      President
      National Association of Evangelicals
      United States
      Dr. Jerry Andrews
      Senior Pastor
      First Presbyterian Church, San Diego
      United States
      Dr. Clinton E. Arnold
      Dean/Professor of New Testament Studies
      Talbot School of Theology / Biola Univ
      United States
      Dr. Bill T. Arnold
      Professor of Old Testament
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Bruce Riley Ashford Jr.
      Provost
      Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. David Baggett
      Professor of Philosophy
      Liberty University
      United States
      Dr. Mark Bailey
      President
      Dallas Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Jay Barnes
      President
      Bethel University
      United States
      Dr. John D. Basie
      Provost
      Erskine College
      United States
      Dr. A. D. Beacham Jr.
      General Superintendent
      International Pentecostal Holiness Church
      United States
      Dr. Gayle Beebe
      President
      Westmont College
      United States
      Dr. J. Todd Billings
      Research Professor of Reformed Theology
      Western Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Michael Bird
      Lecturer
      Ridley College
      Australia
      Dr. Doug Birdsall
      former Int’l Director of Lausanne
      United States
      Dr. Robert D. Blackaby
      President
      Canadian Baptist Seminary and College
      Canada
      Dr. Henri Blocher
      Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology
      Faculté Libre de Théologie Évangélique de Vaux-sur-Seine
      France
      Dr. Craig Blomberg
      Professor of New Testatment
      Denver Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Darrell Bock
      Research Professor of New Testament
      Dallas Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Mark Boda
      Professor of Old Testament
      McMaster Divinity School, McMaster Unviversity
      Canada
      Dr. Pietro Bolognesi
      Professor of Systematic Theology
      Evangelical Church of Padua
      Italy
      Dr. Gerald Bray
      Professor of Historical Theology
      Knox Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Brian Brock
      Reader in Moral and Practical Theology
      School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Univ. of Aberdeen
      United Kingdom
      Rev. Walter Brunelli
      Author/Pastor
      Assembleia de Deus Bereana (Berean Assembly of God), Sao Paulo
      Brazil
      Dr. Michael Bryant
      Exec. Vice President
      Charleston Southern University
      United States
      Dr. Hans Burger
      Asst. Professor of Systematic Theology
      Theological University Kampen
      Netherlands
      Rev. Richard Burnett
      Executive Director
      Theology Matters
      United States
      Dr. David Buschart
      Assoc. Dean/Professor of Theology & Historical Studies
      Denver Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Chris Castaldo
      Lead Pastor
      New Covenant Church
      United States
      Rev. Matt Chandler
      Teaching pastor
      The Village Church
      United States
      Dr. Kiyeong Chang
      Lecturer
      Seoul Theological University
      South Korea
      Dr. Joshua Chatraw
      Executive Director
      Center for Apologetics & Cultural Engagement, Liberty Univ.
      United States
      Dr. Chris Chun
      Chair/Professor of Church History
      Div. of Historical & Theol. Studies/Gateway Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Sung-Wook Chung
      Professor of Theology
      Denver Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Gregory S. Clapper
      Professor of Religion & Philosophy
      The University of Indianapolis
      United States
      Dr. John Coffey
      Professor
      University of Leicester
      United Kingdom
      Graham Cole
      Dean & Vice President
      Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Kenneth J. Collins
      Professor of Historical Theology & Wesley Studies
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Tim Cooper
      Assoc. Professor of Church History
      University of Otago
      New Zealand
      Dr. Barry H. Corey
      President
      Biola University
      United States
      Dr. Dale Coulter
      Associate Professor of Historical Theology
      Regent University
      United States
      Dr. William Lane Craig
      Professor of Philosophy
      Houston Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. Oliver Crisp
      Professor of Systematic Theology
      Fuller Theological Seminary
      United States
      Mr. Michael Cromartie
      Vice President
      Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC
      United States
      Dr. Alan Cureton
      President
      University of Northwestern
      United States
      Dr. Charlie Dates
      Senior Pastor
      Progressive Baptist Church
      United States
      Dr. George Davis
      Senior Pastor
      Hershey Evangelical Free Church
      United States
      Dr. Stephen T. Davis
      Professor of Philosophy
      Claremont McKenna College
      United States
      Dr. Leonardo De Chirico
      Pastor/Vice Chairman
      Breccia di Roma Church/Italian Evangelical Alliance
      Italy
      Dr. David S. Dockery
      President
      Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Michael Duduit
      Dean / Exec. Editor
      Clamp Divinity School / Preaching Magazine
      United States
      Dr. Jason Duesing
      Provost
      Midwestern Baptist Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Scott Duvall
      Professor of Biblical Studies
      Ouchita Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. Valérie Duval-Poujol
      Chief Editor
      La Bible en français courant
      France
      Dr. Philip W. Eaton
      President Emeritus
      Seattle Pacific University
      United States
      Dr. Kent Eilers
      Professor of Theology
      Huntington University
      United States
      Dr. Brent Ellis
      President
      Spring Arbor University
      United States
      Karen A. Ellis
      Cannada Fellow of World Christianity
      Reformed Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Carl Ellis Jr.
      Professor of Theology and Culture
      Reformed Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson
      Executive Director
      Center for Baptist Renewal
      United States
      Dr. Craig Evans
      Dist. Professor of Christian Origins
      Houston Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. C. Stephen Evans
      Professor of Philosophy & Humanities
      Baylor University
      United States
      Dr. Randel Everett
      President
      21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
      United States
      Dr. Gene C. Fant
      President
      North Greenville Univ.
      United States
      Dr. Ivan Filby
      President
      Greenville College
      United States
      Dr. Nathan Finn
      Dean
      School of Theology & Missions, Union University
      United States
      Dr. Choon Sam Fong
      Dean
      Baptist Theological Seminary
      Singapore
      Dr. Quinn Fox
      Assoc Pastor for Discipleship
      National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
      United States
      Dr. John Frame
      Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy
      Reformed Theological Seminary
      United States
      Rev. Musa Gaiya
      Professor of Church History/Board of Trustees
      University of Jos/Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)
      Nigeria
      Dr. James Leo Garrett
      Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology
      Southwestern Baptist Seminary
      United States
      Rev. Rusty George
      Lead Pastor
      Real Life Church
      United States
      Dr. Timothy George
      Dean
      Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
      United States
      Rev. Mohsen Ghasemy
      Director
      Persian Bible Institute – Iran/Turkey
      Iran
      Dr. Mark S. Gignilliat
      Professor of Divinity
      Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
      United States
      Dr.Jeffrey A. Gill
      Vice President & Dean
      Grace College and Seminary
      United States
      Elizabeth Glass-Turner
      Managing Editor/Assoc Director
      Wesleyanaccent.com/World Methodist Evangelism
      United States
      Dr. Stewart Goetz
      Professorin Philosophy & Religion
      Ursinus College
      United States
      Rev. Jose Goncalves
      Pastor/Author
      Assemby of God, Agua Branca
      Brazil
      Dr. Sandra C. Gray
      President
      Asbury University
      United States
      Dr. J.D. Greear
      Senior Pastor
      The Summit Church
      United States
      Dr. Christopher C. Green
      Director
      Theology Connect
      Australia
      Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenman
      President
      Regent College
      Canada
      Dr. Jeff Greenway
      Lead Pastor
      Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church
      United States
      Dr. Douglas Groothuis
      Professor of Apologetics & Ethics
      Denver Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Wayne Grudem
      Professor of Theol. & Bib. Studies
      Phoenix Seminary
      United States
      Dr. George H. Guthrie
      Professor of Bible
      Union University
      United States
      Dr. John Hare
      Professor of Philosophical Theology
      Yale University
      United States
      Dr. Dana M. Harris
      Assoc. Professor of New Testament
      Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Erik Herrmann
      Associate Professor of Historical Theology
      Concordia Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Gerald Hiestand
      Director/Sr. Assoc. Pastor
      Center for Pastor Theologians/Calvary Memorial Church
      United States
      Dr. Wesley Hill
      Asst. Professor of Biblical Studies
      Trinity School of Ministry
      United States
      Rev. Dr. Paul R. Hinlicky
      Tise Professor of Lutheran Studies
      Roanoke College & Docent, Evanjelicka Bohoslovecka Fakulta, Univerzita Komenskeho, Bratislava, Slovakia.
      United States
      Dr. Dennis Hollinger
      President
      Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Chris Holmes
      Professor of Theology & Religion
      University of Otago
      New Zealand
      Dr. Shirley V. Hoogstra
      President
      Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
      United States
      Dr. Michael Horton
      Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
      Westminster Seminary
      United States
      Dr. John Jackson
      President
      William Jessup University
      United States
      Dr. James R. Jeffcoat
      Assoc. Professor of Religion
      Huntingdon College
      United States
      Dr. Todd Johnson
      Associate Professor of Global Christianity
      Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Thomas K. Johnson
      Religious Freedom Ambassador to the Vatican
      World Evangelical Alliance
      United States
      Dr. Trygve D. Johnson
      Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel
      Hope College
      United States
      Dr. Beth Felker Jones
      Professor of Theology
      Wheaton College
      United States
      Dr. Kelly M. Kapic
      Professor of Theological Studies
      Covenant College
      United States
      Dr. William J. Katip,
      President
      Grace College and Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Craig Keener
      Professor of Biblical Studies
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Thomas Kidd
      Professor of History
      Baylor University
      United States
      Dr. Sungwon Moses Kim
      Assoc. Professor
      Seoul Theological University & Seminary
      South Korea
      Rev. Amos G. Kiri
      President
      The United Church Christ in Nigeria
      Nigeria
      Dr. Jens Bruun Kofoed
      Professor of Old Testatment
      Copenhagen Lutheran School of Theology
      Denmark
      Dr. Robert Kolb
      Mission Prof. of Systematic Theology Emeritus
      Concordia Seminary
      United States
      Rev. Kevin Kompelien
      President
      The Evangelical Free Church of America
      United States
      Rt. Rev. Paul Kibirech Korir
      Bishop
      Anglican Diocese of Kapsabet
      Kenya
      Dr. Samuel Waje Kunhiyop
      Professor of Systematic Theology/Ethics
      ECWA Theological Seminary
      Nigeria
      Dr. Benjamin A. Kwashi
      Archbishop
      Ecclesiastical Province of Jos; Bishop of Jos Diocese
      Nigeria
      Dr. William L. Kynes
      Senior Pastor
      Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
      United States
      Dr. Tony Lane
      Professor of Historical Theology
      London School of Theology
      United Kingdom
      Dr. Jung-Sook Lee
      President
      Torch Trinity University
      South Korea
      Dr. Peter Leithart
      President
      Theopolis Institute
      United States
      Dr. Steve Lemke
      Provost
      New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. John R. Lillis
      Provost
      Grace College and Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Paul C.H. Lim
      Assoc Professor of History & Religious Studies
      Vanderbilt University
      United States
      Dr. Richard Lints
      Distinguished Professor of Theology
      Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Brad Littlejohn
      Director
      The Davenant Institute
      United States
      Dr. Tremper Longman III
      Professor of Biblical Studies
      Westmont College
      United States
      Dr. Andreas Loos
      Lecturer in Systematic Theology
      Theological Seminary St. Chrischona
      Switzerland
      Dr. Frank Macchia
      Professor of Systematic Theology
      Vanguard University
      United States
      Rev. James MacDonald
      Senior Pastor
      Harvest Bible Chapel
      United States
      Dr. Hans Madueme
      Assoc. Professor of Theological Studies
      Covenant College
      United States
      Dr. Alejandro Mandes
      Executive Director
      All Peoples Initiative, EFCA
      United States
      Dr. Mark Mattes
      Professor of Philosophy & Religion
      Grand View College
      United States
      Dr. Thomas McCall
      Director
      Carl Henry Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. John McClean
      Vice Principal & Lecturer in Systematic Theology
      Christ College, Australia
      Australia
      Dr. Gerald McDermott
      Anglican Chair of Divinity
      Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
      United States
      Dr. Suzanne McDonald
      Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology
      Western Theological Seminary
      United States
      David B. McEwan
      Acad. Dean/Assoc Professor of Theology & Pastoral Theology
      Nazarene Theological College, Australia
      Australia
      Rev. Prof. A.T.B. McGowan
      Minister / Chair
      Inverness East Church/World Reformed Fellowship Commission
      United Kingdom
      Dr. Phil Meadows
      Professor of Evangelization Studies
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Gilbert Meilaender
      Sr. Research Professor
      Valparaiso University
      United States
      Dr. Benjamin R. Merkle
      President
      New Saint Andrews College
      United States
      Dr. C. Ben Mitchell
      Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy
      Union University
      United States
      Dr. Douglas Moo
      Professor of New Testatment
      Wheaton Graduate School
      United States
      Dr. Russell Moore
      President
      Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
      United States
      Dr. Peter C. Moore
      The Timothy Partnership
      Australia
      Dr. J.P. Moreland
      Professor of Philosophy
      Talbot School of Theology-Biola Univ.
      United States
      Dr. Christopher Morgan
      Dean & Professor of Theology
      California Baptist Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Richard J. Mouw
      President Emeritus
      Fuller Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Shirley Mullen
      President
      Houghton College
      United States
      Rev. Randy Nabors
      New City Network
      United States
      Trillia Newbell
      Dir. of Community Outreach
      Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
      United States
      Dr. Emiola Nihinlola
      President
      The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
      Nigeria
      Rev. Yunusa S. Nmadu Jr.
      General Secretary
      Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)
      Nigeria
      Dr. Thomas A. Noble
      Research Professor of Theology
      Nazarene Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Dieumeme Noelliste
      Director of the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics
      Denver Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Sheldon C. Nord
      President
      Corban Univeristy
      United States
      Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling
      Assoc. Professor of Theology
      Northern Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Stan Norman
      Provost
      Oklahoma Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. James Nuechterlein
      Senior Fellow
      Institute on Religion and Public Life
      United States
      Dr. Luther J. Oconer
      Assoc. Professor of Methodist Studies
      United Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Michael Oh
      Global Executive Director/CEO
      Lausanne Movement
      Japan
      Dr. Ben C. Ollenburger
      Professor of Biblical Theology
      Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
      United States
      Dr. J. Steven O’Malley
      Professor of Methodist Holiness History
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. David W. Pao
      Chair, Professor of New Testament
      Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Changhoon Park
      Professor
      Seoul Theological Seminary
      South Korea
      Very Rev. Andrew Pearson Jr.
      Dean & Rector
      Cathedral Church of the Advent
      United States
      Dr. John C. Peckham
      Assoc. Professor of Theology & Christian Philosophy
      Andrews University
      United States
      Dr. Amy Peeler
      Assoc. Professor of New Testament
      Wheaton College
      United States
      Dr. Khoo Ho Peng
      President
      Methodist Theological School
      Malaysia
      Dr. Richard J. Perhai
      Vice President/Academic Dean
      Kyiv Theological Seminary
      Ukraine
      Dr. Alvin Plantinga
      Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
      University of Notre Dame
      United States
      Dr. Cornelius Plantinga
      Sr. Research Fellow
      Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
      United States
      Dr. Emmett G. Price III
      Professor of Worship, Church & Culture
      Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
      Professor of English
      Liberty University
      United States
      Dr. Ephraim Radner
      Professor of Historical Theology
      Wycliffe College
      Canada
      Dr. Christoph Raedel
      Professor of Systematic Theology
      Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen (Giessen School of Theology)
      Germany
      Dr. Eric C. Redmond
      Asst. Professor of Bible
      Moody Bible Institute
      United States
      Dr. Ramesh Richard
      Professor of Global Theological Engagement
      Dallas Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Russell E. Richey
      Emeritus Professor of Church History
      Candler School of Theology, Emory University
      United States
      David Bowman Riker
      Pastor and President
      First Baptist Church of Pará
      Brazil
      Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
      President
      National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
      United States
      Dr. Paulo Romeiro
      Professor of Theology / Pastor
      Mackenzie University
      Brazil
      Dr. Philip Graham Ryken
      President
      Wheaton College
      United States
      Dr. Simon Samuel
      Principal
      New Theological College
      India
      Dr. Fred Sanders
      Professor of Theology
      Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
      United States
      Dr. Joel Scandrett
      Director
      Robert E. Webber Ctr., Trinity School for Ministry
      United States
      Dr. John Senyonyi
      Vice Chancellor
      Uganda Christian University
      Uganda
      Dr. Diana Severance
      Director of Dunham Bible Museum
      Houston Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher
      President
      Martin Bucer European Seminary & Research Institutes
      Germany
      Dr. Joseph Shao
      President
      Biblical Seminary of the Philippines
      Phillipines
      Mary Jo Sharp
      Asst. Professor of Apologetics
      Houston Baptist University
      United States
      Rev. Amy Sheffield
      Kodiak, Alaska
      United States
      Dr. Wilbert R. Shenk
      Sr. Professor of Mission History & Contemporary Culture
      Fuller Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Robert B. Sloan
      President
      Houston Baptist University
      United States
      Dr. Gordon T. Smith
      President
      Ambrose University
      Canada
      Dr. Dean Smith
      Director
      Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research
      Australia
      Dr. Ronald E. Smith
      Pastor
      Trinity UMC
      United States
      Rev. Jacob Smith
      Rector
      Calvary St. George’s
      United States
      Dr. Timothy Smith
      President
      University of Mobile
      United States
      Dr. Robert Smith Jr.
      Professor of Divinity
      Beeson Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Jim Spiegel
      Professor of Philosophy & Religion
      Taylor University
      United States
      Dr. John G. Stackhouse Jr.
      Prof. of Religious Studies
      Crandall University
      Canada
      Dr. Ed Stetzer
      Professor of Church Mission & Evangelism
      Wheaton College
      United States
      John Stonestreet
      President
      Colson Center for Christian Worldview
      United States
      Dr. Joseph Stowell
      President
      Cornerstone University
      United States
      Rev. Greg Strand
      Executive Director of Theology & Credentialing
      Evangelical Free Church of America
      United States
      Dr. R. Alan Streett
      Senior Research Professor
      Criswell College
      United States
      Rt. Rev. George Sumner
      Bishop
      Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
      United States
      Rev. José Ildo Swartele de Mello
      Bishop
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      Brazil
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      Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
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      Colorado Christian University
      United States
      Rev. Natee Tanchanpongs
      Pastor
      Grace City Church Bangkok
      Thailand
      Dr. Meeli Tankler
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      Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary
      Estonia
      Dr. Carol Taylor
      President
      Evangel University
      United States
      Dr. Efraim Tendero
      General Secretary
      World Evangelical Alliance
      United Kingdom
      Dr. Timothy C. Tennent
      President
      Asbury Theological Seminary
      United States
      Dr. Frank Thielman
      Presbyterian Professor of Divinity
      Beeson Divinty School
      United States
      Dr. Mark Thompson
      Principal
      Moore Theological College
      Australia
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      Asst. Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology
      Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary
      Estonia
      Mark Tooley
      President
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      United States
      Dr. Jeremy Treat
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      Reality LA
      United States
      Dr. Daniel Treier
      Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Theology
      Wheaton College and Graduate School
      United States
      Dr. Andrea L. Turpin
      Assoc. Professor of History
      Baylor University
      United States
      Dr. Gert van den Brink
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      Hersteld Hervormde Kerk Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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      Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
      United States
      Dr. Williem van Vlastuin
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      Theology and Spirituality of Reformed Protestantism/Vrije Universiteit
      Netherlands
      Dr. Preben Vang
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      Doctor of Ministry Program, Truett Seminary, Baylor Univ.
      United States
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      Theological Centre of Asia
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      United States
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