Sixth Annual Wesley Studies Symposium

 Event Date(s):   Tue, 2014/03/25 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

 Event Category:   Wesley Studies

Where: Bayview Campus Auditorium
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration: $10 (at the door)

On March 25, Tyndale’s Wesley Studies Symposium will gather a community of pastors, students, leaders, and scholars to reflect on the history and theology of the Wesleyan tradition.

“The Revived Puritan” The Life and Piety of George Whitefield”

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth George Whitefield, friend, partner-in-ministry, and sometimes theological enemy of John Wesley.  Because the lives of these two men are so intricately intertwined with one another, we are going to feature a paper on Whitefield as our keynote address at the Wesley Symposium.

Dr. Michael Haykin is a leading Baptist historian, who has published on a wide variety of topics, from the Church Fathers to Jonathan Edwards.  He studied at the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA at Victoria College, and an MRel and ThD  in church history from Wycliffe College.  In addition to his position at Southern Seminary he is Director of the Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at the Toronto Baptist Seminary, where he previously served as President.   His many books include Jonathan Edwards: The Holy Spirit in Revival (Evangelical Press, 2005); The God who draws near: An introduction to biblical spirituality (Evangelical Press, 2007); and Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church (Crossway, 2011).   You can read more about Dr. Haykin here.

The Symposium will also feature papers from several other contributors.   Confirmed presentations as of this date include (more details and a full schedule will be posted in the coming weeks):

  • Dr. Claire MacMillan, National Director, Church of the Nazarene, Canada, on Christian culture and conscience
  • Rev. Leonard Chester, Archivist of the Brethren in Christ Church, Canada, on the story of the BIC’s Wesleyan connections
  • Rev. Dan Sheffield, Director of Global  and Intercultural Ministries, Free Methodist Church in Canada, on Wesleyan theology and praxis in a multicultural society
  • Rev. Michael Tapper, PhD Candidate, St. Paul University, on Trinitarian beliefs and music in the Free Methodist Church and the Wesleyan Church
  • Rebecca Nicol, PhD Candidate, McMaster Divinity College, on the compatibility of Phoebe Palmer’s Theology with Wesleyan Thought
  • A panel on Lift Up a Standard: The Life and Legacy of Ralph Horner, including authors Rev. Laurence Croswell and Mark Croswell.

We hope to see you there.  If you have questions about the event, please contact James Pedlar (


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