Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn Delivers Free Public Lecture at RTS Orlando



Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn, Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology and Associate Professor of Church History at RTS Washington DC, will be delivering a public lecture at the RTS Orlando on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Faculty Conference Room. This lecture is free and open to the public.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER’S BIO
Canadian by birth, Chad Van Dixhoorn is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He has taught theology at the University of Nottingham, and has held three fellowships at the University of Cambridge, where he has researched the history and theology of the Westminster assembly and taught on the subject of Puritanism. 

A former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his five-volume work on the Westminster assembly, published by Oxford University Press. Van Dixhoorn also serves as an honorary research fellow in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Van Dixhoorn has lectured at RTS Washington since 2008 where he teaches church history and practical theology. He has served as Associate Professor of Church history at RTS Washington since 2013, as Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology for RTS since 2015, and he is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Van Dixhoorn served as a pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and then at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years. Chad and his wife Emily have five children. He organizes his free time by losing tennis matches against all comers and reading NYT bestsellers.

LECTURE TITLE & DESCRIPTION

GOD’S PHYSICIANS: Models of Pastoral Care and Neglect at the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653).

If you were to put 120 pastors in a room and ask them what most mattered in pastoral ministry, what might they say? What might you say? The Westminster Assembly was in just that kind of situation, having the responsibility of rewriting every practice in the church of England. And pastoral care presented one of the most pressing issues of the day. Come Friday night and you’ll ‘overhear’ what members of the last great post-Reformation synod had to say about ministry in the community; in the Q&A that follows you’ll also be able to consider what you’d have done yourself!

ACADEMIC DEAN’S INVITATION
Greetings! Pastors are tugged this way and pulled that way today. Organize this! Start that! Teach more of those! Gather more of them! The messages and demands seemingly overwhelm and confuse. Yet we are in a day and age with such need of biblical pastors and faithful shepherding. 

I invite you to listen to Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn lecture on “God’s Physicians: Models of Pastoral Care and Neglect at the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653)” at RTS. Dr. Van Dixhoorn has extensive pastoral experience as well as a reputation of the greatest living historian of the Westminster Assembly, so we anticipate learning much from him about its significance for pastoral ministry today. We hope that you join us!  —Mike Allen
 

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