John Woodbridge Conference
On April 28-29, 2006, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School hosted “The Great Commission: Evangelicals and the History of World Mission” in honor or John Woodbridge, Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought. The speakers addressed historical aspects of evangelical mission from both Western and Majority World perspectives.
“We wanted to host a conference that would edify and encourage Christian leaders,” says Associate Professor of Church History Scott Manetsch, “as well as express our profound gratitude to our colleague and mentor John Woodbridge on the event of his 65th birthday. The conference papers will bear fruit as a book that is both useable and helpful for pastors and seminarians. There is no textbook presently that focuses exclusively upon evangelical Christians’ unique contribution to world mission. This theme also fits well with John’s passion to serve the Church.”
-Trinity professors Dough Sweeney, Brad Gundlach, Marty Klauber, and Scott Manetsch, conference organizers
Scott M. Manetsch is a Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His areas of expertise include late medieval and Reformation history, with particular interest in John Calvin, Theodore Beza, French Protestantism, sixteenth-century Geneva, and the pastoral office in the Reformation era. His publications include two major monographs,Theodore Beza and the Quest for Peace in France, 1572-1598 (Brill, 2000) and Calvin’s Company of Pastors. Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford, 2013) as well as a variety of articles devoted to Calvinism and French Protestantism in the age of Reformation. In addition, Dr. Manetsch is the associate general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (IVP Academic).
Douglas Sweeney is Professor of Church History, chair of the department, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center. His areas of expertise include Jonathan Edwards, the history of theology, and American church history. Dr. Sweeney has written numerous books and articles, including The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement (Baker Academic, 2005) and Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (IVP, 2009).