Schedule & Speakers


Thursday, April 4

Friday, April 5

  • 8:00 a.m.: Paper Presentations
  • 9:30 a.m.: Coffee Break
  • 10:00 a.m.: Morning Plenary: Tish Harrison Warren
  • 11:00 a.m.: Paper Presentations
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
  • 2:00 p.m.: Discussion—The Missional Implications of the Canons: Richard Mouw, moderator
  • 3:45 p.m.: Coffee Break
  • 4:00 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary: James K. A. Smith
  • 5:00 p.m.: Dinner Break
  • 7:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion with Plenary Speakers

Saturday, April 6

  • 8:00 a.m.: Paper Presentations
  • 9:30 a.m.: Coffee Break
  • 10:00 a.m.: Morning Plenary: Paul Lim
  • 11:00 p.m.: Paper Presentations
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
  • 2:00 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary: Suzanne McDonald
  • 3:00 p.m.: Coffee Break
  • 4:00 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary: Jemar Tisby
  • 5:00 p.m.: Dinner Break
  • 7:00 p.m.: Evening Plenary: Timothy George


Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the bestselling novels Gilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Lila, Home (winner of the Orange Prize), and Housekeeping (winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award). She has also written multiple works of nonfiction, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been given honorary degrees from Brown University, the University of the South, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Amherst, Skidmore, and Oxford University, and was also elected a fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University.


James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He is the award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, and his other books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Discipleship in the Present Tense (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016), and Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (2017).

Richard J. Mouw

Richard J. Mouw is President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary. He returned to teaching after 20 years as president of Fuller (1993–2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, he served as Fuller’s provost and senior vice president for four years prior to his presidency, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The God Who Commands, The Smell of Sawdust, He Shines in All That’s Fair, Culture and Common Grace, Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals, and, most recently, Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground.

Timothy George

Timothy George is the dean of Beeson Divinity School, and in addition to his administrative responsibilities teaches church history and doctrine. A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His recent books include Reading Scripture with the Reformers, The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student's Guide (with David Dockery), Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (with James Earl Massey and Robert Smith, Jr.), and Amazing Grace: God’s Pursuit, Our Response. His Theology of the Reformers (25th Anniversary ed., 2013) is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages.

Paul C.H. Lim

Paul C.H. Lim is an award-winning historian of Reformation and post-Reformation Europe. His latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Dr. Lim is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has delivered papers and lectures at places as diverse as Oxford, Rotterdam, Harvard, Yale, Q Ideas, as well as local churches.


Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne McDonald is a professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary. She taught in the Religion Department at Calvin College for seven years until joining WTS in 2014. Suzanne is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and is the author of two books, Re-Imaging Election: Divine Election as Representing God to Others & Others to God (2010) and John Knox for Armchair Theologians (2013).


Jemar Tisby

Jemar (B.A. Notre Dame; MDiv RTS Jackson) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is also the co-host of "Pass The Mic”, a podcast that amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, The Atlantic, and the New York Times among others. He has spoken nation-wide at conferences on racial reconciliation, U.S. history, and the church. Jemar is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion and social movements in the 20th century. In January 2019, he will release his first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Follow him on Twitter @JemarTisby. Also, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Image Journal.


Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and serves as co-Associate Rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. She writes regularly for The Well, Her.meneutics, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America,, and elsewhere. Her first book is Liturgy of the Ordinary (2016).