Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the installation of Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson to the G.W. and Edna Haworth Chair of Educational Ministries and Leadership. The installation will be held on April 11, 2022, at 7 PM at Pillar Church in Holland and is open to the public.

The service will feature a lecture by Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson entitled “Cultivating Kingdom Imagination: A Vision of Discipleship and Institutional Engagement.” 

Following Dr. Johnson’s lecture, the following distinguished scholars will share their responses:

  • Dr. James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia
  • Dr. John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis 
  • Reverend Fleming Rutledge, an internationally known Episcopal priest and award-winning author. 

The G.W. and Edna Haworth Chair of Educational Ministries and Leadership was initially established in 1999 as the G.W. and Eddie Haworth Professor of Christian Education. Dr. George Brown held the chair from 1999 until his retirement. It is being re-established as a chair that will be held by the Dean and Vice-President of Academic Affairs of Western Theological Seminary.

While we regret that we are not able to Livestream the event, if you would like to receive a link to the video of the lecture in your mailbox, please sign up below. 

We are grateful to the Haworth family for their generosity to Western Theological Seminary through this re-established chair in support of the Dean. 

The distinguished guests James Davison Hunter, John Inazu, and Fleming Rutledge will also be participating in a panel discussion, “Rediscovering the Beauty of the Church: Hopeful Directions in a Tumultuous Age,” on Monday, April 11, from 3-4 PM in the chapel of Western Theological Seminary. The public is warmly invited to attend.