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Andrew Fuller and his Controversies

Each year Credo Magazine contributor Michael A.G. Haykin hosts a conference via the Andrew Fuller Center at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This year the topic is Andrew Fuller and his Controversies. The conference is September 27-28 and registration is open here. There are a number of excellent speakers, including another Credo Magazine contributor, Paul Helm, who will speaking on Hyper-Calvinism. You can view the entire schedule here. Here are the details:


Andrew Fuller & His Controversies

Theological controversy is a perennial feature of the life of God’s people in this world. At such times, the church is best served by doughty and winsome champions of the truth. Such a man was Andrew Fuller, who, though he engaged heartily with numerous theological issues of his day, never lost his love for those whom he opposed and defended the truth with winsomeness. Our conference this year explores the various challenges to biblical Christianity that Fuller tackled with the goal that we might be better equipped to serve God in our generation. Come and join us then as we listen to and learn from a great theological apologist.


Paul Brewster is pastor at Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, Ind. This church maintains an active mission presence in several countries, including ongoing partnerships in India. He was educated at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1989) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D. 2007). He is the author of a theological and biographical study of Fuller, entitled, Andrew Fuller: Model Pastor Theologian (Broadman & Holman, 2010). Brewster and his wife Debbie are parents to four grown children.

Dustin Bruce lives in Louisville, Ky., where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dustin and his wife, Whitney, originally hail from Alabama.

Chris Chun (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of church history and chair of historical/theological studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller (Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and has contributed chapters in Jonathan Edwards in Scotland (Dunedin Academic Press, 2011) and Understanding Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to America’s Theologian (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is currently co-editing Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey & Adoniram Judson, Mission Pioneers (Wipf & Stock Publishers, forthcoming in 2013). Chris is an ordained SBC pastor and a frequent speaker at churches, seminars and retreats.

Ian Hugh Clary (Th.M., Toronto Baptist Seminary) is finishing his doctoral studies at the Universiteit van die Vrystaat (Blomfontein, South Africa) where he is studying under Adriaan Neele and writing a dissertation on the evangelical historiography of Arnold Dallimore. Ian has contributed to a number of edited volumes in church history and has published academic articles in periodicals such as Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, American Theological Inquiry, Puritan Reformed Journal, and Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Ian is a pastor at BridgeWay Covenant Church in downtown Toronto. He and his wife, Vicky, have two children and are happily expecting a third.

Roger Duke has taught religion and communication at the Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tenn., for the last fifteen years. He is also the acquisitions editor for BorderStone Press. Professor Duke has five volumes to his credit that he has either written, co-written, or edited in the areas of Christian thought or rhetoric. He currently has five projects “under construction” with a new work of edited sermons by John A. Broadus hopefully coming out sometime this year. He considers it a high-point of his professional life to have been able to present at the Andrew Fuller Conference for several years.

Nathan A. Finn serves as associate professor of historical theology and Baptist studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a senior fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. Nathan has authored over a dozen journal articles or book chapters and has edited or co-edited three books related to Baptist Studies. He is married to Leah and is the father of Georgia, Baxter, Eleanor, and Fuller. The Finns are members of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C., where Nathan serves as an elder.

Crawford Gribben (Ph.D., Strathclyde) Before taking up his current position at Queen’s in January 2013, Gribben held posts in early modern literature and history in the University of Manchester and Trinity College Dublin. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2012-13 he will be a Fellow of the Institute for Collaborative Humanities in Queen’s University Belfast, working with John Thompson and Keith Lilley to establish a world-class centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary research in the arts and humanities. Gribben is the author of several academic monographs including God’s Irishmen: Theological Debates in Cromwellian Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2007) He is currently authoring John Owen and English Puritanism (under contract to Oxford University Press, 2014).

Paul Helm is a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, having been J.I. Packer professor of philosophical theology there 2001-2005. He held the chair of the history and philosophy of religion, King’s College, London 1993-2000. He has written a number of books, including Eternal God, A Study of God Without Time (Clarendon Press), The Providence of God (IVP) and John Calvin’s Ideas (OUP). He is married with 5 children.

Chris Holmes presently serves as the pastor of discipleship at Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky.  He received his M.Div. (2001), Th.M. (2003), and Ph.D. (2009) degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His dissertation focused on the preaching ministry of Benjamin Keach, and he is currently editing several of Keach’s sermons for publication.  Chris is married to Beth, and they have one son, Henry.

Mark Jones (Ph.D. Leiden) is research associate at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein & Senior Minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA). He has authored and edited several books, and has a forthcoming book on Antinomianism titled, Antinomianism: The Golden White Devil (P&R, 2013).

Tom Nettles has been professor of historical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997. Tom began teaching at Southwestern Seminary in January 1976 and has continued in seminary education until the present. The focus of his writing ministry has been in the area of Baptist theological identity. His most recent book is the culmination of a long-time interest in Baptist theology, pastoral ministry, and Charles Spurgeon. He and his wife, Margaret, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

J. Ryan West (Ph.D. Candidate, SBTS) is the LoveLoud National Coordinator at the North American Mission Board. He assists Southern Baptist churches and educational institutions throughout the United States and Canada in establishing and conducting gospel-centered ministries of mercy to proclaim Christ while meeting human needs in significant and sustainable ways.  Also, he serves as an Assistant Editor for The Andrew Fuller Works Project, a fifteen-volume series to be published by Walter de Gruyter.

Jeongmo Yoo (Ph.D. Calvin Theological Seminary) is adjunct professor of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO) and visiting professor of Korea Baptist Theological Seminary (Daejeon, Korea). Also, he is a fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He is the author of John Edwards (1637-1716) on Human Free Choice and Divine Necessity: The Debate on the Relation between Divine Necessity and Human Freedom in Late Seventeenth-Century and Early Eighteenth-Century England (Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprehct, 2013). He also co-authored a book on Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) with Dr. Michael Haykin. Jeongmo is married to Yeree and has 2 children, Suah and Jihoon.

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