bast preaching initiatives


Preaching the Word is a vocation worthy of our lives.  It requires us to dwell in the text and allow the text to dwell in us.

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Bast Preaching Initiatives seek to raise up preachers through five major elements:

  • The Bast Preaching Festival


    2014 Fall Festival (Nov 9-10) with Rev. Eugene Peterson

    Be inspired and renewed at the Bast Preaching Festival as we engage our vocation of preaching, our call as pastors and our lives as disciples.

    This year, our featured guest is Eugene H. Peterson.  He will join us in conversation around the importance of "Eating the Book" we are called to preach.  Eugene Peterson is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver.  He is the author of over thirty books, including Eat this Book and Tell it Slant.

    Discussion groups, TED style talks, and conversations will fill our time together.  Newly formed Bast Preaching Peer Groups will gather for the first time at the festival as they begin their journey as cohorts.


    Students Register HERE for Bast Preaching Festival

    Note that the Bast Festival will be preceded on November 8, 2014 by a conference surrounding the new book, "Pastoral Work". This text is an exploration of Eugene Peterson's work throughout his life by several contributors.  If interested in attending this conference, contact Tara Macias (


    Students Register HERE for Pastoral Work Conference

    The Bast Preaching Festival has developed into a partnership with the Chaplain’s Office at Hope College, where WTS president Rev. Dr. Tim Brown will precede the conference with a "guest sermon" at Hope College’s Sunday evening Gathering at 8:00pm.  This portion of the conference is open to the public.


  • The Bast Resource Center

    Western Theological Seminary's Beardslee Library is working with the Bast Endowment to digitize the multiple resources gathered from past Bast Festivals and other learning opportunities held at the seminary.

  • The Henry Bast Chair of Preaching

    timbrown-jul08.jpgThe Henry Bast Chair of Preaching is a faculty administrated position and is one of the five components of the Bast Preaching Program.  This endowed chair at Western Theological Seminary was established to continually raise up new generations of preachers for the Church of Jesus Christ.  Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown has held the Henry Bast Professor of Preaching Chair at Western Seminary.  As a young man and new convert in the late 1960s, Tim witnessed the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach.  Tim recalls, "I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached."

  • The Bast Resident Preacher

    This component of The Bast Preaching Program selects a pastor who desires to deepen his or her own reflection and understanding of pastor as preacher and combines that with the goal of enriching the preaching vocation of students here at Western Seminary. This creates a semester of growth, learning and enrichment for everyone.  Resident preachers have the opportunity to serve as a mentor to students, present a workshop or lecture for the community, interact with students in a preaching class, and develop a resource for the broader church.

    The seminary will provide an office (if needed) and a stipend for the semester of residency.  The total amount of Resident Preacher hours designated to the life of the seminary community will be approximately 100 hours over the 13 week semester.  Actual time on campus is flexible, depending on schedules and student needs.


"Pastoral Work" Conference

November 8, 2014

Bast Preaching Festival 2014

November 9 and 10, 2014


Lindsay Small

Lindsay Small

Associate Director of the Bast Preaching Program
616.392.8555, x178
Lauren Eisnor

Lauren Eisnor

Administrative Assistant for Bast Preaching Initiatives
616.392.8555 x133
Steve VanderMolen

Steve VanderMolen

Director of Journey
616.392.8555 x113

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