Dr. Douglas Sweeney has been the Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding for over twelve years. He was recently recognized in TEDS Chapel by the President of TIU (Craig Williford) and the Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Tite Tiénou) for his stellar service to both the Henry Center and the broader church and academic community. As Dr. Sweeney remarked, “I have enjoyed serving TEDS through the ministry of the Henry Center over these past years and I am so grateful to our donors who have made this possible. The mission of bridging the gap between the church and the academy remains at the heart of what we do here at the HCTU. And I am therefore happy to turn the baton over to my colleague, Tom McCall, a pastor-theologian who is uniquely gifted to lead the Center into the next phase of ministry.” Although we are all sad to see Doug Sweeney leave his position as Director after so many years of visionary leadership, the good news is that he is staying on at TEDS and will continue his scholarship and teaching in church history. Dr. Sweeney will also remain fully devoted to his work as the Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS.
The Henry Center is therefore pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas H. McCall will begin serving as the Director of the Henry Center at TEDS effective July 1, 2012. Dr. McCall is Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at TEDS. Following pastoral ministry in Alaska and Michigan, he came to Trinity in 2004. He received the Master of Arts in Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary and the Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. His areas of research interest and expertise include the doctrine of the Trinity, Christology (incarnation and atonement), hamartiology, and soteriology. He is concerned to integrate biblical and historical (including relevant patristic, medieval, and Reformation/post-Reformation sources) theology with philosophical and cultural analysis, and he is convinced that the resources of classical theology have much to offer pastoral care as well as emerging global theology.
Dr. McCall has contributed to numerous journals, including Philosophia Christi, Trinity Journal, Heythrop Journal, the Scottish Journal of Theology, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He has served as a referee for Baylor University Press, New York University Press, InterVarsity Press, and Oxford University Press, as well as various journals. He is the co-editor of (with Michael C. Rea), and a contributor to, Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is the author of Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? Philosophical and Systematic Theologians on the Metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology (Eerdmans, 2010) and Forsaken: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why It Matters (InterVarsity Academic, 2012). Dr. McCall is the co-author (with Keith D. Stanglin) of Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace (Oxford, 2012), and he is currently working on a monograph on the doctrine of sin tentatively entitled Against God and Nature: The Doctrine of Sin.
Dr. McCall and his wife Jenny live in Kenosha, WI with their four children. Together they enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
The TEDS community is excited about Tom McCall’s new role at the helm of the Center. He is committed to the Center’s role in making a difference in the present state of pastoral ministry in North America. In his words, the Center “has a vital role to play in the future of a robust and orthodox evangelicalism.” Indeed, Dr. McCall brings an impressive mix of pastoral experience and theological expertise to his new position. And we ask that you join the TEDS faculty and staff in praying for Dr. McCall’s tenure as Director of the Henry Center.