Fellows of the St. George’s Centre for Biblical and Public Theology are members of the academy who support and contribute to the centre through the sharing of their work.
Fellow in Economics
Born in Delft, March 4, 1934, Dr. Goudzwaard studied economics at the Dutch Economy High School in Rotterdam from 1951 to 1957, completing his studies with a dissertation entitled ‘Unpriced Scarcity “(1970). A Member of Dutch Parliament for the ARP from 1967 to 1971, Dr. Goudzwaard became professor of economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam, a position he held from 1971 to 1999. With publications includingCapitalism and Progress, Beyond Poverty and Affluence, Idols of Our Times, and most recently, Hope in Troubled Times, Dr. Goudzwaard is a welcome addition to the Paideia Centre’s growing community of fellows.
Fellow in Psychology
Eric L. Johnson is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an M.A. in Christian Studies at Calvin College and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University (1992). He taught psychology and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for ten years. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theologyand the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. He is the editor of Psychology and Christianity: Five Views and co-edited and contributed to God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God. He has written over 40 articles in the areas of psychology and theology, as well as the book Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal. He is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology and blogs periodically for The Christian Post.
Fellow in Public Theology
Bruce Riley Ashford is Provost / Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. He defended his dissertation on “Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Impact on Anglo-American Theology,” is the co-author of One Nation under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015), the author Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015) and The Problem with American Politics (forthcoming, Summer 2016), and is the editor of editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011). His primary interest is public theology; his secondary include philosophy of education, theology of mission, theological method, and contemporary theology. He is married to Lauren, with whom he has two daughters (Riley Noelle, Anna Katherine) and a son (John Paul Kuyper). He is an elder at The Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC).
Fellow in Old Testament Studies
Heath Thomas (Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire) serves as Dean of the Hobbs College for Theology and Ministry, Associate Vice President for Church Relations and Professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University. Heath sustains a recurring interest on the biblical books of Lamentations and the Minor Prophets, and he has published a number of works related to these. He also maintains research interests on lament literature in Scripture, a Christian theology of lament, and theological interpretation of Scripture. He is currently writing commentaries and monographs on the Minor Prophets, and co-edited A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation with Craig Bartholomew.
Fellow in Practical Theology
I am pastor of the Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg, VA (www.theincarnation.org), and have been in pastoral ministry at the local church level since 1991. My family has been in the ministry for three generations, with grandfather, father, mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and uncle all serving the church in one pastoral capacity or another.
I’ve graduated from the University of Liverpool, U.K. (Ph.D. in Old Testament, Philosophical Hermeneutics, and Homiletics), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), and Houston Baptist University (Bachelors of English Literature and Christianity). I’ve authored several books and articles and am currently writing a commentary on Esther (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series, Eerdmans), and a chapter entitled “Preaching the Old Testament” for Hearing the Old Testament (Eerdmans).
Twenty things I love are: God, my beloved wife (Janielle), my dear children (Spencer, Sloane, Silas, Shea, and Shelby), church, my work, the neocalvinist tradition in the line of Abraham Kuyper, good neighborhoods, gardening, the fiction of Dorothy Dunnett, coffee, watching then discussing movies with friends and family, a fire in the fireplace when it’s cold out, my parents and wife’s parents and our siblings and their families, cooking with my wife, baptism and eucharist, Anglican prayer book worship, ordering life by the church year, leisurely meals with friends, great discussions about big questions, studying and teaching and preaching Scripture.
Fellow in Philosophical Aesthetics
Dr. Calvin Seerveld is an internationally known authority in the arts and his books A Christian Critique of Art and Literature, Rainbows for a Fallen World, and Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves, among others, have inspired many in their endeavors to follow Christ faithfully in the world of the arts. Craig Bartholomew has edited a collection of Seerveld’s works under the title In the Fields of the Lord. For details of Cal’s current publications seehttp://www.seerveld.com/tuppence.html Plans are underway for a multi-volume publication of Seerveld’s works.
Image of Cal Seerveld is a Peter S. Smith woodcut, 2006
Fellow in Philosophy
M. Elaine Botha is professor of Philosophy (emerita) from Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada and the North Western University, Potchefstroom campus, in South Africa. She graduated from Potchesfstroom University and acquired a second PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Elaine has taught Philosophy at Potchefstroom University for more than 25 years. She also taught at numerous universities and Colleges in North America, Europe and South Africa and has an extensive list of publications dealing with the role of metaphor in religion and in ordinary and theoretical.
Fellow in Health Sciences
Jim attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Receiving his medical training at the University of Illinois, he completed subspecialty training in infectious diseases and medical oncology in the US and Canada. He taught, practiced, and did clinical research in oncology in Toronto and Hamilton until 1998. After working for several years with a pharmaceutical company developing a new cancer drug, Jim practiced part-time while obtaining a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. Having completed doctoral studies in theology at Trinity College, University of Bristol in October 2011, he currently has a part-time medical practice in Brantford, Ontario, teaches part-time at the medical school at McMaster University, and is a member and past chair of the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches. This interdenominational group promotes reflection and education on ethical and theological issues related to new biotechnologies. Jim’s immediate family consists of his wife Thea and three grown sons. Thea is a professor of French literature at Redeemer University College. Jim and Thea are active members of the Christian Reformed Church.
Fellow in Physics
Arnold E. Sikkema earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of British Columbia, and after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Fundamental Theory at the University of Florida has been involved in Christian higher education since 1997, first at Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa), and since 2005 at Trinity Western University (Langley, British Columbia), where he is Professor of Physics and Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department. His research interests focus on emergence and reductionism, considering both collective motion in biophysical systems and Christian philosophical perspectives on the connections between physics and biology. He is a board member of the Geneva Society for Reformational Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, President of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation, Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, charter member of the Inklings Institute of Canada, and a board member of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. He and his wife Valerie, a horticulturist, both grew up in southern Ontario, and have three children who attend Trinity Western University and Credo Christian High School.
Derek C. Schuurman, Phd
Fellow in Technology
Derek C. Schuurman studied electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) and spent nine years working as an engineer in industry. He later returned to school to complete a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in the area of robotics and computer vision. Following his doctoral work he began teaching in Christian higher education. For 13 years he was a professor of computer science at Redeemer University College (Ancaster, Ontario) where he also served as chair of the Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics Departments. In 2015-2016 he spent a year as a visiting associate professor of computer science at Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa). His area of interest is issues surrounding faith and technology, in particular faith and computer technology. He currently serves as a board member for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) as well as a book review editor for the journal Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith published by the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). He has authored several articles on faith and technology as well as a book titled Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology published by InterVarsity Press. He and his wife, Carina, live in Hamilton Ontario with their four children.
Steven Harris, PhD
Fellow in Systematic Theology
Steven Edward Harris (PhD, Durham) specializes in systematic and historical theology. His research has been in major Christian doctrines, such as theological anthropology, revelation, Word and Spirit, and resurrection, as well as the history of biblical interpretation, particularly in the premodern period. In all of these areas, his interest is focused with the various relationships between Scripture and theology both historically and constructively.