Sterling College Theology and Ministry

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Sterling College’s theology and ministry department invites prospective students and members of the community to join us virtually for our annual conference, a great opportunity to see high caliber scholarship that helps make the theology and ministry department a wonderful place to study.

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Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Beginning at 7:00 PM CST

Conference Schedule

- Plenary Address with Q&A (7:00 - 8:00 PM)
“The Trinity and New Testament Quotations of Scripture” – Dr. Madison N. Pierce, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

- Intermission (8:00 – 8:10 PM)

- Sterling Faculty Papers: (8:10 – 8:40 PM)
“Somewhere He Has Spoken: Clues about the Trinity, Scripture, and the Audience in the Citation Formulae of Hebrews” – Dr. Tim Gabrielson, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Sterling College

“A Good and Necessary Consequence: Paths from Scripture to the Doctrine of the Trinity" – Dr. Glenn Butner, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, Sterling College

- Round Table Discussion and Q&A (8:40 – 9:15 PM)


Madison Pierce - Sterling CollegeMadison Pierce - Plenary Speaker

Madison Pierce (PhD Durham University) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is the author of Divine Discourse in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Cambridge University Press, 2020), the editor of Muted Voices of the New Testament (T & T Clark, 2017), and has contributed several chapters on Scripture’s use in the doctrine of the Trinity to Retrieving Eternal Generation (Zondervan, 2017) and Trinity Without Hierarchy (Kregel Academic, 2019). Her articles appear in major journals like New Testament Studies and Biblical Theology Bulletin.

Glenn Butner - Sterling CollegeGlenn Butner - SC Speaker

Glenn Butner (PhD Marquette University) is Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Sterling College. He has written The Son Who Learned Obedience: A Theological Case Against the Eternal Submission of the Son (Pickwick, 2018) and Trinitarian Dogmatics (Baker Academic, forthcoming 2022). He has written articles on the Trinity for Modern Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the director of Sterling College’s honors program.

Tim Gabrielson - Sterling CollegeTim Gabrielson - SC Speaker

Tim Gabrielson (PhD Marquette University) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Sterling College. He has published articles in major journals like Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Currents in Biblical Research. He serves as chair of the Sterling College undergraduate humanities conference.

Conference History

Beginning in 2017, Sterling College’s theology and ministry department hosts an annual conference to provide opportunities for students in the department to learn from top scholars in the field in an academic conference setting that prepares them for graduate school. Previous conference topics have been The Problem of Evil and Suffering (2019), Markets & Moral Formation (2018), and, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Semper Reformanda (2016). The annual conference is one of many ways that Sterling’s theology and ministry department fosters a high caliber learning environment for students. Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 conference was postponed until February 2021 and will be held virtually. The conference is open to members of Sterling College, prospective students, and the wider community.