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TIU’s Dockery delivers ETS presidential address

Trinity CommunicationsNovember 15, 2018

President David S. Dockery, who is serving as president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2018, delivered the keynote message at the organization’s 70th annual meeting in Denver Nov. 13-15.

His presidential address, titled “Toward a Theology of Evangelical Higher Education,” focused on the proper application of theology in a variety of disciplines.

“Christian higher education cannot survive without a distinctive theological vision of itself,” Dockery told his audience. “All academic disciplines can and should participate in the omni-relevance of Christian theology so that all of our teaching can enable students to live lives of deep worship and great service.”

Presidential leadership within ETS is a three-year process, involving election as vice president for one year, followed by one year as program chair, and then a one-year presidency. Dockery was elected vice president in November 2015.

Michael J. Kruger, president of Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina, will succeed Dockery as ETS president. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, becomes program chair and R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, was elected as vice president.

“I am genuinely honored by the invitation to serve the evangelical community in this way at this time,” Dockery said. “I have long admired the work of the Evangelical Theological Society and those who have provided leadership for this important organization through the years.”

Trinity has provided leadership to ETS for many years. J. Barton Payne, a former TEDS faculty member, was elected ETS president in 1966. Former Trinity president Kenneth Kantzer (1917-2002) served as ETS president in 1968. Visiting professor Carl F.H. Henry (1913-2003) served as ETS president in 1969. Trinity’s Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding bears his name. Academic dean and professor of Old Testament Walt Kaiser was ETS president in 1977.

Dockery has been associated with ETS in various roles since the late 1970s, when he became a student member. He was elected as chair of the Southwest region in the 1980s and as chair of the Southeast region in the 1990s.

At the 2018 ETS annual meeting, 18 Trinity faculty members made theological presentations or moderated discussions during the three-day run of the event. In all, 42 of about 700 presentations in Denver involved Trinity faculty or students.

The meeting marked an event record for attendance, with about 2,700 registrants.

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