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W. Robert Godfrey

W. Robert Godfrey

President and Professor of Church History

W. Robert Godfrey has taught church history at Westminster Seminary California since 1981, having previously taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Stanford University, and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He is the author of several books, including An Unexpected Journey: Discovering Reformed Christianity (P&R, 2004), John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor (P&R, 2009) and co-author of Westminster Seminary California: A New Old School (WSC, 2012). In 2012, a festschrift was published in his honor entitled, Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey, edited by R. Scott Clark and Joel E. Kim.

Plenary I: The Gospel Recovered
The Reformation recovered the biblical Gospel, not provisionally, but definitively. We need it today as every generation has needed it.

 

R. Scott Clark

R. Scott Clark

Professor of Church History and Historical Theology

Dr. Clark has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1997, during which time he also served as Academic Dean (1997-2000), and has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, and Concordia University, Irvine. He has been a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States and is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has served congregations in Missouri and California.

Plenary II: The Bible Restored
The church has already read the Scriptures but she has not always read them well. For much of its history the church read Scripture under the influence of powerful assumptions, which blinded her to vitally important truths. In the Reformation, that veil was lifted and the Scriptures were restored to their rightful place in the theology, piety, and practice of the faith.


J.V. Fesko

J.V. Fesko

Academic Dean, Professor of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology

Dr. Fesko is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He served in church planting and pastoral ministry for more than ten years. His research interests include the integration of biblical and systematic theology, soteriology, and early modern Reformed theology. Dr. Fesko’s most recent publications include The Theology of the Westminster Standards (Crossway, 2014), Songs of a Suffering King (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014), and Beyond Calvin: Union with Christ and Justification in Early Modern Reformed Theology (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012).

Plenary III: The Church Reformed
The Roman Catholic Church maintains there is an ecclesiastical hierarchy that has the pope as its pinnacle, but Protestant Reformers challenged this notion. They rejected the claims of papal authority and returned Christ to his sole place of preeminence.


Michael Horton

Michael S. Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. He is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. In addition to his work at the seminary, Dr. Horton is host of the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Dr. Horton is author of more than twenty books. His most recent publications are The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan, 2011), The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples (Baker, 2012), and Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan, 2012).

Plenary IV: The Gospel Recast
There is no shortage of “gospel” things, from gospel music to gospel vacations. But what is the gospel itself and has it become captive to agendas that bear a loose relationship to the redemption in Christ that we find in the Scriptures? This talk focuses on various ways in which the gospel is being recast as a story about us rather than about the rescue operation of the Father, in the Son, through the Spirit.



Julius J. Kim

Julius J. Kim

Dean of Students, Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Kim has served in Presbyterian Church in America churches in California and Illinois. His current church calling is as Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. Dr. Kim also continues to serve the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant — especially for the Korean-American church. While in Illinois, he taught undergraduate communications at Trinity International University and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has also been a Visiting Scholar with the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University. He authored the newly released Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons (Zondervan, 2015).

Plenary V: The Church Reduced
One of the key outcomes of the Protestant Reformation was the recovery of a biblical ecclesiology, or the doctrine of the church. Luther and other Reformers emphasized the priesthood of all believers over and against the hierarchical systems found in the Roman Catholic Church. What Luther could not have expected, however, was that the Protestant church would gradually reduce itself to create "churches" of every stripe and color, where individual authority reigned supreme.



Joel E. Kim

Joel E. Kim

Assistant Professor of New Testament

Rev. Kim is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as Associate Pastor of Segaero Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. He taught historical and systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and International Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, as well as in Taiwan and Indonesia. He has served on the English Ministry pastoral staff of Korean-American churches during his M.Div. studies at Westminster Seminary California and subsequent to his graduation in 1997, in California and Michigan.

Plenary VI: The Bible Relativized
That the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura is often challenged in the halls of academia and often ridiculed in popular media should not surprise us. What is surprising, however, is the lack of focus and dependence upon the Bible among churches and believers, even among evangelicals. Not unlike the time of the Reformation, there is an urgent need to recover the centrality of the Bible.