KEENE, TEX. – On February 23, Southwestern Adventist University established its very own chapter of the Adventist Theological Society (ATS) at the final event in the three-day Trinity Conference, a gathering of Adventist theologians. A local chapter means a range of immediate, hands-on professional development activities including conducting scholarly research, planning community events and presenting research in public forums.
“[It] is for anyone with a passion for Adventist theology,” says Michael Campbell, Ph.D., associate religion professor and Trinity Conference organizer. “Our goal is that once a month, we will provide a lecture or public event for students, faculty and the community.” The events, which could be presented by theology students and faculty, as well as visiting scholars, will be designed with laypeople and the local community in mind.
Local goals support the worldwide mission of the ATS, which exists to strengthen the faith of Adventist leaders, pastors, theologians and lay people by presenting some of the best biblical scholarship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a format that is clear and easy to understand.
Sophomore theology student Christopher Findley says, “The ATS will be a blessing to us as theology students because we can create a community where we come together and seek a greater relationship with Jesus through events, experiences and Christ-centered activities. I’m excited!”
The local chapter officially commenced on Saturday, February 23, in the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church, culminating with a business meeting. During this meeting, officers were elected. Michael Campbell was selected as chapter director, Tony Zbaraschuk was elected secretary and Peter McHenry was elected treasurer.
By Lindsey Gendke