The Henry Center exists to advance Christian wisdom in all areas of life and thought for the glory of God, the good of his church, and the welfare of the world.


    The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding is dedicated to the advancement of Christian wisdom in all areas of life and thought — for the glory of God, the good of His church, and the welfare of the world. We agree with the late Carl F. H. Henry, a long-time faculty member at Trinity, that Christian thought can and must make a difference in the academy, church, and secular world. We also believe that gospel labors are too important to be shouldered alone. Christians need a center for evangelical collaboration. We hope that experts of all specialties and backgrounds, in partnership with the HCTU, will work together to engage the pressing challenges of our day, both in the U.S. and around the world. We therefore provide unique opportunities for ministers, professionals, and academics to collaborate with seminary faculty for the promotion of gospel-centered thinking and living.


    The Henry Center acts as a multicultural base for excellent, biblically-informed reflection, providing an articulate evangelical voice in the church, academy, and world.

    Both through our perennial ministries and our faculty-led initiatives, the Henry Center provides a forum in which biblical and theological scholars are able to interact with other experts — ministry practitioners, minority voices, scholars from non-theological disciplines — about the diverse social and cultural factors which complicate or enrich our modern-day biblical understanding.

    We aim to support each of our initiatives by offering various forms of institutional aid while constantly pointing all our efforts toward our central mission: the pursuit of biblical wisdom for the whole body of Christ.

    Our initiatives seek to identify crucial points of cultural crisis and develop practical response strategies for the church, academy, and world.

    We’re dedicated to developing methods of theological interpretation that will serve as paradigms of excellent evangelical practice.

    Starting at TEDS and spreading to other confessionally-based academic institutions around the world, we hope to catalyze a new wisdom-oriented model of higher theological education.

    Our goal is to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word, lay persons and scholars alike, for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.


    Matthew Wiley, Managing Director

    Matthew Wiley, Managing Director

    Matt has worked with the Henry Center in various capacities since 2016. After studying theology at Moody Bible Institute, Matt came to TEDS for his Master of Divinity, which he earned in 2019. He is now pursuing his PhD in systematic theology, writing a dissertation on ecclesial division. He is interested in theology for the sake of the local church, and also serves as Director of Youth Ministry and Theological Education at Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Matt lives with his wife Ellyn in Oak Park.


    Heather Cordero, Events Coordinator

    Heather Cordero, Events Coordinator

    Heather is from a small town in Illinois and studied Elementary Education at Wheaton College. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at Trinity in 2006. Before working with the Henry Center, Heather served in Student Life at Trinity for many years, where she directed and mentored students while employing her love of event planning and organization. In her current role, she enjoys creating spaces for learning, cultural engagement, and relational connections. Heather and her husband, Rich, live in Highwood with their two children.


    Shayla Manke, Resident Designer

    Shayla Manke, Resident Designer

    Shayla graduated from Trinity International University with a double major in Business Management and Graphic Design in May of 2021. She was active in student leadership both as a Senior Resident Assistant and the women’s cross country captain. After graduating, she joined the Henry Center team as the Resident Designer where she enjoys creating images and designing printed and virtual materials that bring the Henry Center’s words and thoughts to life. Outside of work, Shayla loves to constantly try new creative hobbies and to go on runs around her neighborhood in Wheaton with her husband Chase.


    Makayla Payne, Website and Social Media Coordinator

    Makayla Payne, Website and Social Media Coordinator

    Makayla has been working as a Graduate Fellow for the Henry Center since she came to TEDS in 2019. She’s recently joined the staff to coordinate the website and social media. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. She then came to TEDS for the MDiv and will graduate at the end of this year. She’s passionate about writing theology beautifully and making it accessible to the church. She’s particularly interested in the issues of gender and trauma. In her free time, Makayla enjoys exploring the Chicago food and coffee scene, writing, and quality time with friends.

    Doctrinal Affirmations

    As an outreach ministry of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the TEDS faculty, we subscribe to the doctrinal standards of the Evangelical Free Church of America (the parent denomination of TEDS and the Henry Center). The Henry Center’s identity reflects that of Trinity’s faculty, which includes Calvinists and Arminians, Lutherans and Anabaptists, egalitarians and complementarians, and much more. Trinity not only includes North Americans, but also employs, affirms, and is indebted to the work of scholars and ministers from all around the world.

    From time to time we will feature speakers or writers who do not share the doctrinal commitments of TEDS, but who deserve a thoughtful hearing and an informed, biblical response. Our center is happy to partner with
    ministries and individuals with differing stances, so long as we are all primarily committed to the advancement of God’s glorious gospel.

    In keeping with the vision of Carl Henry, we believe that a robust evangelical Protestantism must confidently stand on the Word of God, no matter the challenges that the world presents.