Beck Lecture, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Mossman 101

 Dr. Jeanine Thwaett-Bates

Our 2013 Beck Lecturer, Dr. Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, will be addressing the question of how scientific advancements in technology, particularly those related to artificial intelligence, affect traditional understandings of human spirituality. Can cyborgs pray? Can cyborgs demonstrate authentic belief? How do these questions intersect with theological understandings of the imago dei in humans? These topics are important for broader theological understandings of humanity, humanity's place in the world, and humanity's relation to God. It is sure to be an engaging event.

Dr. Thweatt-Bates holds a Ph.D. in theology and science from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is author of the book Cyborg Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman. She currently teaches at the College of New Jersey.

The Beck lectureship, funded by Paul V. Beck to explore topics relating to science and religion, is an annual event on campus and brings in philosophers, theologians and/or scientists from across the nation.


Parkhurst Lecture 2013 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry Week

Dr. Drew Dyson

Drew A. Dyson is an ordained Elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of The UMC and serves on the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry. In addition to serving local churches in New Jersey and teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Princeton and Memphis Theological Seminaries, Drew was Executive Director of the Shared Mission Focus on Young People of the General Board of Discipleship serving as the team leader and primary author of General Conference legislation creating the Division on Ministries with Young People of the General Board of Discipleship in 2004.

Drew has written several books on the practice of youth ministry including: Soul-Tending: Life Forming Practices for Older Youth & Young Adults, Faith Forming Junior High Youth Ministry, Scripture Talks: Creative Messages for Youth Ministry, 52 Devotions to Feed Your Fire: Soul Tending for Youth Workers.

Beck Lecture Spring 2011

Alan Padgett

Dr. Alan Padgett is the Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Smith-Willson Spring 2011 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry Week

Adam Hamilton

Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

Parkhurst Lecture Fall 2010

Hal Knight

Dr. Henry H. (Hal) Knight, III teaches in the areas of Wesleyan theology, church history, and evangelical, Pentecostal, and charismatic theology at St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City. 

Beck Lecture Spring 2010


Dr. Henry F. Schaefer, III  is the Graham-Purdue Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia.

Parkhurst Lecture Spring 2010

Lester Ruth

Dr. Lester Ruth is research professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School

Beck Lecture Spring 2009

Alvin Plantinga Photo

Dr. Alvin Plantinga is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Parkhurst Lecture Spring 2009 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry

Tony Jones Photo

Dr. Tony Jones is a popular, speaker, writer and blogger. He teaches for a variety of institutions on ecclesiology.

Smith-Wilson Lecture Fall 2008

Leslie Callahan Photo

The Reverend and Dr. Leslie Callahan is pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania. Previously she taught at New York Theological Seminary and the University of Pennyslvania.

Beck Lecture Spring 2008


Dr. Richard O. Randolph is the Assistant Professor and Cair for the department of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Smith-Wilson Lecture Fall 2007

Steven J. Keillor Photo

Dr. Steven J. Keillor is adjunct assistant professor of history at Bethel University, St. Paul MN.