President Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Church History
LECTURE TITLE: THE CRISIS OF FAITH
Faith is not void of questions. The saints have called out to God throughout the ages with questions regarding his plans, purposes, and timing: How Long? When? Why? The Christian life is not an exemption from the trials and tribulations of the world. This message will address some of the crises of faith as we pilgrim through this present age.
Dr. Godfrey has taught church history at Westminster Seminary California since 1981 and served as the seminary’s third president from 1993 to 2017. He previously taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Stanford University, and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America, a Ligonier Ministries Teaching Fellow, and has spoken at many conferences including those sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and Ligonier Ministries. He is currently serving as chairman of the Board of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of Saving the Reformation, Learning to Love the Psalms, An Unexpected Journey, Reformation Sketches, Pleasing God in Our Worship, God’s Pattern for Creation, and John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor. He is co-author of Westminster Seminary California: A New Old School and has written chapters or articles in John Calvin, His Influence in the Western World; Through Christ’s Word; Theonomy: A Reformed Critique; The Agony of Deceit; Roman Catholicism; Sola Scriptura; The Practice of Confessional Subscription; The Coming Evangelical Crisis; and in such journals as Archive for Reformation History, Sixteenth-Century Journal, and Westminster Theological Journal. In 2010, a festschrift was published in Dr. Godfrey’s honor entitled Always Reformed. He has also recorded several teaching series for Ligonier, including 73 lectures surveying church history.
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
LECTURE TITLE: THE ANCHOR OF FAITH
The Christian faith is not wishful thinking or having faith in faith. Rather, Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and reigning, is the anchor of the Christian’s faith. This message will explore the objective nature of the Christian faith.
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. Additionally, 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 Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan, 2010), Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever (Crossway Books, 2014), and Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Zondervan, 2014), Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story (Zondervan, 2016).
Professor of Practical Theology
LECTURE TITLE: THE HEAR OF FAITH
Faith can be defined as “accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone.” Such a statement highlights the core of true faith, namely trust. Scripture teaches that this trust comes from our heart. As we will see in this talk, the Reformation was not only the recovery of the heart of faith, but a restoration of a more robust and Biblical view of the heart itself.
Dr. Troxel previously served as pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Illinois since 2007 and as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Glenside, Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. His introduction to the ministry was by itinerating in congregations of the Church of God (Anderson, In.) in Wasilla and Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Troxel has published numerous articles in publications such as Westminster Theological Journal, Presbyterion, Fides et Historia, Calvin Theological Journal, Trinity Journal as well as New Horizons, Ordained Servant and Modern Reformation. He is the author of What is Man? and What is the Priesthood of Believers? (P&R), and With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ (Crossway). His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart.
President and Assistant Professor of New Testament
LECTURE TITLE: THE GIFT OF FAITH
Faith is a divine gift the Christian receives, but we know that the Lord uses means to give and grow this gift within his people. The church has a glorious and sacred duty to pass down the faith from generation to generation in every nation, tongue, and people group. In this message we will examine the church’s reception and sharing of the faith.
Rev. Kim has taught New Testament at Westminster Seminary California since 2005 and in May 2017 was appointed as the fourth president of WSC. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as Associate Pastor of Segaero Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Kim taught historical and systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and International Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, as well as in Taiwan and Indonesia. He is the son of a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. 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.
Associate Professor of New Testament
LECTURE TITLE: THE HOPE OF FAITH
In this concluding message, we will see how faith and hope are intimately connected. In hope, Abraham believed despite apparently hopeless circumstances. Having been justified by faith, Christians hope even while they suffer. Through the Spirit, by faith, we hope in Christ with patience and eager expectation. Hope’s horizon is the future, and the true hope of faith differs from the world’s false hopes.
Dr. Bitner grew up in the PCA in Illinois, and has since lived in various places in the United States and around the world. After receiving his B.A. from Taylor University, he earned an M.A.R. in Biblical Theology and Exegesis from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Bitner served as a pastor for three years before pursuing doctoral studies. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity in 2013 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Bitner has taught New Testament, Greek, and Biblical Theology at Oak Hill College and Macquarie University. In 2015, he authored Paul’s Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1:1-4:6: Constitution and Covenant (Cambridge University Press). He has two other book projects in progress on the biblical theology of Geerhardus Vos and Paul’s paradigm for building up the church in 1 Corinthians.