On May 1, a special celebration was held to commemorate 50 years of God’s goodness and faithfulness to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The day began with a special thanksgiving chapel service and end with an evening celebration service and reception. The service featured three keynote speakers: John D. Woodbridge (research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at TEDS), William L. Kynes (senior pastor, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, VA) and David S. Dockery (president-elect of TIU). The evening concluded with an anniversary reception loaded with desserts and hors d’oeuvres, which provided an opportunity for alumni, current & past faculty, and students & staff to reconnect.
Watch the thanksgiving chapel and the celebration service at stream.tiu.edu (and click the “On Demand” tab).
A special website was also set up at teds.edu/50 featuring stories from current and past members of the TEDS community, including former Trinity President Ken Meyers and one of the only surviving original faculty members. Alumni have also taken part by recording on the website short videos of themselves in order to tell their own story of God’s faithfulness during or after their time at TEDS. Various other interviews and stories have been posted. Additionally, all semester various members of the TEDS community offered reflections in graduate chapel highlighting God’s faithfulness to them during their time at TEDS.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was officially named in the 1963-1964 academic year under the leadership of the dean at the time, Dr. Kenneth Kantzer. His vision for the divinity school—reflected in everything from the official choice of “divinity school” (rather than “seminary”) to the sort of faculty he pursued—continues to shape the priorities and character of TEDS.
Dr. Kantzer envisioned a broadly evangelical seminary with faculty who were united on the essentials of the faith, such as Jesus’ resurrection and the authority & inerrancy of Scripture, but whose backgrounds represented a wide variety of contributions to evangelical theology and ecclesiology. Today’s faculty reflects this vision well. The excellence of the faculty’s teaching & writing, the global reach and influence of TEDS alumni, and TEDS’ continued contributions to the local & global church all represent the outworking of God’s faithfulness set into motion by the course Dr. Kantzer charted.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: The Early Years
Along with this celebration, Professor Scott Manetsch wrote a booklet tracing the pivotal early years of the 1960s when that vision began to take shape. Check it out below (or download it for your tablet reader):
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