Announcing the Credo Fellows
Credo is Latin for “I believe.” From the creeds of the Church Fathers to the confessions of the Reformation, Christians have been faithful to confess the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Credo retrieves this classical and reformational heritage in order to create and cultivate theological renewal today. By bridging the gap between church and academy, Credo helps churchgoers, pastors, and students alike learn theology and retrieve orthodoxy for the sake of Christian fidelity today.
However, a team effort is required if the church and academy alike are to remain faithful to this orthodox faith, a team that spans denominations and brings together some of today’s most outstanding theologians, pastors, and writers. I am pleased to announce and welcome for the first time the Credo Fellows, each of which embodies the spirit of Credo in their own teaching and writing ministries. Below you will find a brief introduction to each Credo Fellow and in the days ahead you will hear more about their passions, from the halls of patristic and medieval history to the corridors of dogmatics and classical literature. Look to hear their voices on the Credo podcast and do anticipate reading more about them in Credo Magazine.
Matthew Barrett, executive editor
Gwenfair Walters Adams (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Professor of Church History, Chair of the Division of Christian Thought, and Director of the M.A. of Spiritual Formation at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Adams’ specialties in Church History are focused on Medieval and Reformation studies. Her book, Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith (E.J. Brill, 2007), explores the impact of visionary accounts in sermons, saints’ legends, and religious instruction manuals on the worldview and piety of the medieval laity. She also edited the Romans 1-8 volume in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series(Intervarsity Press, 2019). She has additional research interests on the impact of monasticism on Reformation spirituality; C. S. Lewis and mythology; the shaping power of story on theology; and the history of the expression of the gospel.
Craig Carter (Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College) is the author of Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis (Baker Academic, 2018) and Contemplating God with the Great Tradition: Recovering Trinitarian Classical Theism (Baker Academic, 2021). He is currently writing the third volume in the Great Tradition trilogy on the recovery of Nicene metaphysics. Other upcoming projects include an introduction to Theology in the Great Tradition and a theological commentary on Isaiah. He serves as Research Professor of Theology at Tyndale University in Toronto and as Theologian in Residence at Westney Heights Baptist Church. His website is craigcarter.ca , and you can follow him on Twitter.
Megan DeVore (Ph.D., University of Wales) is Associate Professor of Church History and Early Christian Studies at Colorado Christian University. With training in Patristic to Medieval Historical Theology and Church History, as well as in art history, philosophy, and Classics, Dr. DeVore teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Theology, such as the History of Christianity, Historical Theology I, Canon Formation, Introduction to Philosophy, and Latin, as well as an occasional course for the department of Humanities, such as Roman Empire to Early Medieval World. She is the author of numerous articles and publications and occasionally serves as the guest speaker at various women’s spiritual retreats or classes for the local church.
James Dolezal (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Theology at Cairn University where he teaches church history, trinitarian theology, and philosophy. He is the author of two books: God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness (Pickwick, 2011) and All That Is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism (Reformation Heritage, 2017).
J.V. Fesko (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Jackson. Dr. Fesko’s interests include early modern Reformation and post-Reformation theology, the integration of biblical and systematic theology, as well as soteriology, especially the doctrine of justification. He has been an ordained minister since 1998 in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, serving as a church planter, pastor, and now teacher. Dr. Fesko has authored or edited more than twenty books, including Reforming Apologetics: Retrieving the Classic Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith (Baker, 2019), The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption (Christian Focus, 2016), Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation (Christian Focus, 2016), Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine (P&R, 2008), and The Covenant of Works: The Origins, Development, and Reception of the Doctrine (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Michael Haykin (Th.D., University of Toronto) is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church(Crossway, 2011), The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey (Reformation Trust, 2018), Eight Women of Faith(Crossway, 2018), The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers (Ligonier, 2009), A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards (Reformation Heritage, 2012), and To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy (Crossway, 2014).
Louis Markos (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University where he holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. Dr. Markos is a popular speaker and has delivered well over 300 public lectures on such topics as C. S. Lewis, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in some two dozen states and Oxford, Rome, and British Columbia. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. His 18 books include From Achilles to Christ (IVP Academic, 2007), Literature: A Student’s Guide (Crossway, 2012), On the Shoulders of Hobbits (Moody, 2012), and Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age (Catholic University of America Press, 2002).
Fred Sanders (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union) is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a special focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. He has taught in the Torrey Honors Institute since 1999 and is an amateur historian of Biola’s institutional history. He and his wife Susan live in La Mirada with their two children, Freddy and Phoebe. They are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church. His many books include The Triune God. A volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics series edited by Michael Allen and Scott Swain (Zondervan, 2016), How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography as Told Through His Sermons (Moody Press, 2015), and The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2017).
Scott Swain (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is President and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Swain has served on the RTS faculty since 2006, having previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves as co-general editor of two series: Zondervan Academic’s New Studies in Dogmatics and T & T Clark’s International Theological Commentary. Dr. Swain is the author of several books, including Retrieving Eternal Generation (Zondervan, 2017), Trinity, Revelation, and Reading: A Theological Introduction to the Bible and Its Interpretation (T&T Clark, 2011), Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Baker, 2015) and The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology (Oxford, 2020). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife, Leigh, have four children. Dr. Swain blogs regularly at Common Places.
Carl Trueman (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. His current research interests include the rise and impact of modern notions of selfhood on contemporary culture and the nature of doctrinal development within the Christian church. He has written more than a dozen books, including The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, 2020), Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History (Crossway, 2010), Luther on the Christian Life (Crossway, 2015), The Creedal Imperative(Crossway, 2012), Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God (Zondervan, 2017), and John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man (Routledge, 2019).
Adonis Vidu (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is Professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a constructive theologian involved in a recovery of the patristic and medieval Trinitarian theology for the contemporary church, with an eye to its conceptual clarity and validity. Having done previous work in theological epistemology (Theology After Neo-Pragmatism, Wipf & Stock, 2009), hermeneutics (Postliberal Theological Method, Wipf & Stock, 2005), and the doctrine of the atonement (Atonement, Law, and Justice, Baker, 2014), his latest research focuses on recovery, clarification, and defense of the ancient rule of the inseparable operations of the Trinity (The Same God Who Works All Things, Eerdmans, 2021). This project also generates a fundamental rethinking of several loci of systematic theology through the doctrine of ‘divine missions.’ Dr. Vidu is married to Adriana, and they have one daughter, Hannah. He also served as an elder at Grace Chapel, Lexington.