In Dialogue: Psalm 139

Event Date(s): Sat, 2024/09/28 - 7:00pm
Event Location: Tyndale University
Event Type: Public Event

Join us for a captivating exploration of Psalm 139 through a unique interdisciplinary lens at Tyndale University's Homecoming 2024 event! 

Delve into the depths of this timeless Scripture with perspectives from an Old Testament scholar, a worship professor, and a jazz musician. Discover the richness and relevance of Psalm 139 as each expert brings their distinct insights and experiences to the table. Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with Scripture in a fresh and meaningful way, and gain new insights and inspiration that will enrich your spiritual walk.

This event is being held as part of Homecoming 2024 but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Andy Witt

Dr. Andy Witt joined Tyndale in the 2018-19 academic year and primarily teaches courses related to the Old Testament, hermeneutics and biblical Hebrew. His research area is the book of Psalms, where he is currently working on a commentary for the Bible in God's World series (Cascade).

Andy is also co-chair of the History of Interpretation session of the IBR annual meeting, with Dr. Marion Taylor (Wycliffe College, Toronto). This is a group that aims to give voice to forgotten or downplayed interpreters throughout church history. In each of his classes, Andy enjoys discussing how Scripture meets us in our daily lives, as we learn to see the world through its lens.

He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed most of his higher education in the United States. He became a Christian in his first year of university, so he knows how formative these four years of undergraduate life can be. He has lived in Toronto since 2010, and was married to his wife Andrea in 2021. Hobbies include biking, photography, and reading fantasy literature.

Dr. Ken Michell

Worship Professor Dr. Ken Michell spent 12 years writing, recording and touring internationally with the Canadian Christian band, the dustkickers. As a Tyndale University graduate (MTS 95), Ken went on to complete his Doctorate in Worship Studies  at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ken is on the faculty at Tyndale University as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Music and Worship Arts Department. Alongside applied courses in music theory, guitar instruction, songwriting and instrumental ensemble, Ken teaches courses in the Christian Ministry department on Christian Worship (Theology, History, and Contemporary Worship).

Ken also serves as the worship director at his home church in Scarborough, and is the cofounder and Vice-President of the Christian Conservatory of Music, Canada, a graded music examination system that incorporates worship repertoire.

Ken’s recent research, over the last four years, has been composing responsorial settings for 48 psalms for personal and corporate worship participation.

Mike Janzen

Mike Janzen is a versatile musician whose blend of jazz, pop and classical influences has garnered critical acclaim, with nominations for prestigious awards like the JUNO and GMA. With a career spanning concert halls, churches and festivals across North America, his music resonates with listeners, showcasing his prowess as a jazz pianist, composer and arranger. His recent projects, including the double-album The Psalms Project and the third album, Songs from the Canyon, delve into deeply personal themes while showcasing his collaboration with renowned artists. His diverse portfolio extends to TV, film, orchestral arrangements, and neoclassical solo piano compositions, consistently earning praise for his distinctive and soul-stirring sound.

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