Seminary Hosts Lectures on the Legacy of John Calvin

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will hold the annual J. Hubert Henderson Conference on Church and Ministry Fri., May 1. Dr. John D. Witvliet, associate professor of worship and director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, will present three lectures on the theme “The Legacy of John Calvin and the Renewal of Christian Worship”. All events are free and open to the public.

Lectures include “Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord: The Shaping of Public Worship in Calvin’s Geneva” at 11:30 a.m., “Bless the Lord, O My Soul: The Biblical Psalms as the People’s Prayerbook in Reformed and Presbyterian Worship” at 2:30 p.m., and “Lift Up Your Hearts: Theological Imagination and Calvin’s Legacy for Contemporary Christians” at 4:30 p.m.

Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and associate professor of music and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He also teaches in the religion department at Calvin College. His areas of interest include the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, and consulting with churches on worship renewal. He earned his degrees from Calvin College (B.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.T.S.), the University of Illinois (M.Mus), and the University of Notre Dame (M.A. and Ph.D.). Witvliet is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Eerdmans, 2007) and Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice (Baker Academic, 2003) among others. He serves as editor for two book series: “Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series” (Eerdmans) and “Vital Worship, Healthy Congregations” (Alban Institute).

The Henderson Lectures are name in honor of the Rev. J. Hubert “Hub” Henderson was a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for 27 years, serving as president of the Board for part of that period. A graduate of Muskingum College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Henderson came to Green Tree, Pa. to begin his second pastorate in 1944. He remained at the Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church until his retirement 35 years later, in 1979.

This lecture is one of a number that the Seminary will hold this year in honor of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth.

Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345or for more information.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 380 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.