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Guest Speaker Bios - 2013/14
January 23: Ken Elzinga, World Christian Lecture Series Speaker
WCLS title: "Doing Good by Doing Well: From Adam to Adam Smith." More details to follow.
October 18: Chris Dorsey, Western Theological Seminary
Professor Bernard "Chris" Dorsey first came to Western as the 2011-12 Faculty Fellow, teaching in the areas of theology and urban ministry. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theology at the University of Chicago where he is completing his dissertation on traditional medicine in Senegal with a focus on exploring the hermeneutics of healing.
Professor Dorsey has served in a variety of ministerial capacities including: VP of Development and Marketing a Chicago Theological Seminary; University Chaplain at Clark Atlanta University; Senior Pastor of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Youth Pastor at Park Manor Christian Church and Lead Chaplain for a Cook County clinic servicing patients affected by HIV/AIDS. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Dominican University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Clark Atlanta University. His teaching experiences have included Theology, History of Christianity African American Religion, Homiletics, Religion & Medicine, African Studies and Intro to World Religions, to name a few.
October 20: Jon Brown, Pillar Church
Jonathon Brown is the Lead Pastor of Pillar Church in Holland, MI. Pillar Church was the first church established in the city of Holland in 1847. In 1882 there was a major split between the RCA and the CRC that occurred at Pillar and prompted Pillar to leave the RCA and join the CRC. In the recent past Pillar experienced significant decline and considered closing its doors. Today, by a wonderful work of God’s spirit, Pillar Church is a thriving, dual-affiliation congregation of both denominations. Jon’s heart for reconciliation beats with Pillar’s heart in this way.
Jon is the proud father of 3 daughters, Lydia, Tabitha and Miriah. He and his beloved wife Kristyn have been married for 11 years. He enjoys reading, running, golfing, watching college football, and playing with his daughters. He has been the keynote speaker at a number of events including: The Nicaraguan Pastors Conference of the Moravian Church, The Cascades Family Bible Camp and many events at Hope College. He is a regular writer for the Words of Hope devotionals as well. Currently he is pursuing a Doctoral degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland.
Urging the church forward to participate in the mission of Christ in the world is where Jon finds the deepest joy and greatest sense of purpose.
October 23: Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame
Mark Noll is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A., English), the University of Iowa (M.A., English), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., Church History and Theology) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., History of Christianity). Before arriving at Notre Dame in 2006 he taught at Wheaton College, and has also taught at Harvard Divinity School, the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Regent College, Vancouver.
November 4: Kristin Palacios, University of Notre Dame
Rev. Kristin E. Palacios is a graduate of Calvin College (B.S., Physics) and Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Old Testament at the University of Notre Dame. She is also an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, as is her husband, Rev. Dominic Palacios. Dominic currently serves at Harderwyk CRC on the north side of Holland.
November 10: Clayton Smith, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Rev. Dr. Clayton J. Schmit is currently provost for the School of Theology at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Before coming to LTSS he was Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary where he taught Homiletics and courses in Liturgical Arts. He is an accomplished choral music director and published composer. Rev. Schmit has published several books including Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life (co-authored with Lauralee Farrer, 2010), Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church (2009), Too Deep for Words: A Theology of Liturgical Expression (2002), and Public Reading of Scripture (2002).
November 20: Sandra Nikkel, Ministry Coordinator, Grand Rapids East Classis
Sandra is Hispanic-American, bilingual and bicultural. She grew up in Central America