Presbyterian and Reformed Public Theology Conference

Event start date

March 1, 2024


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The Presbyterian and Reformed tradition contains a robust history of scholars and theologians engaging questions of public theology. Our hope for this conference is that it is a time for our speakers to offer encouraging visions in public theology that attend to flourishing and the common good, while also creating a space for those in attendance to engage with thoughts and ideas as to how God might be moving them, their community, and churches, to live as salt and light in the world. We have an exciting list of speakers including Jake Meador, Jennifer Patterson, Dr. Scott Redd, Dr. James Wood, and others.

Speakers include

James R. Wood is an Assistant Professor of Ministry at Redeemer University in Ontario. Previously he worked as an associate editor at First Things Magazine, a PCA pastor in Austin, TX, and a campus evangelist and team leader with Cru Ministries at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas, an MDiv from Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, a ThM from Princeton Seminary, and his PhD from The University of Toronto.

Jake Meador is the editor in chief of Mere Orthodoxy, an online magazine covering the Christian faith in the public sphere. He serves as a contributing editor with Plough . His writing has appeared in First Things, The Atlantic, Christianity Today, and Commonweal. He received his B.A. in English and History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jennifer Patterson is a Lecturer in Public Theology and Director of the Institute for Theology and Public Life at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington. She has worked in public policy in Washington, D.C., for more than 25 years. She holds an M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, an M.A. in statecraft and world politics from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in French from Wheaton College, where she also earned her teacher certification. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in moral theology and ethics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Scott Redd is the president and Stephen B. Elmer Professor of Old Testament at the Washington, D.C., campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. He has taught at Catholic University of America, the Augustine Theological Institute in Malta, the International Training Institute in the Mediterranean basin, and for Third Millennium Ministries. He received his B.A. from The College of William and Mary, an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary, and an MA and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

This event is co-hosted by Ministry to State and The Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Conference Schedule

Day 1: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dinner at 7:00 PM

Day 2: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM