Sixth Annual Wesley Studies Symposium (2014)

Where: Bayview Campus Auditorium
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, March 25, 2014
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.   A full schedule is available here.

  • Dr. Clair MacMillan, National Director, Church of the Nazarene, Canada: “Creating and Sustaining Christian Culture and Conscience: A Challenge for the Church”
  • Dr. Darren Schmidt, PhD in Church History, St. Andrews: "Methodism Writ Large? Wesley's Ecclesiastical History (1781) and Methodist Identity"
  • Rev. Leonard Chester, Archivist of the Brethren in Christ Church, Canada: "When the Fire Fell" (on the story of the BIC’s Wesleyan connections)
  • Rev. Dan Sheffield, Director of Global  and Intercultural Ministries, Free Methodist Church in Canada: “Genuine Christianity: Wesleyan Theology and Praxis in a Multicultural Society”
  • Rev. Michael Tapper, PhD Candidate, St. Paul University: “Trinitarian Beliefs and Musical Expression among Canadian Holiness Churches”
  • Rebecca Nicol, PhD Candidate, McMaster Divinity College: “Phoebe Palmer’s Theology: Is it Compatible with Wesleyan Thought?”
  • Rev. Dale Harris, Pastor, The Freeway Free Methodist Church, Oshawa: “The Clean Slate: Reading Romans 5 with a Wesleyan Lens”
  • A panel on Lift Up a Standard: The Life and Legacy of Ralph Horner, including authors Rev. Laurence Croswell and Mark Croswell, Dr. James Robertson,  Dr. James Pedlar, and Rev. Dr. Peter Rigby

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


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