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6-7 March, 2017

Rod Reed, PhD, Chaplain and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, will be on campus to address ways that campus wide partnerships can be fostered toward the goal of the spiritual formation of our students.  Rod co-edited (with Cary Balzer) Building A Culture of Faith: Campus-Wide Partnerships for Spiritual Formation. Rod’s area of research is on the history of spiritual formation within the academy and looking at ways that the entire university can work together to promote and support the formation of their students.  Rod will be speaking in chapel 6-7 March, 2017 as well as connecting with both Student Life and faculty groups.

11-12 October, 2016

Chris Kiesling PhD, Professor of Human development and Discipleship at Asbury Seminary in Lexington Kentucky, will be coming to campus to address strategies for the spiritual formation of emerging adults, giving special focus to human development issues.  He co-authored, along with David Setran of Wheaton College, the excellent book Spiritual Formation In Emerging Adulthood.  Dr. Kiesling has written extensively on the developmental issues that weigh in to the formation of young adults.  He brings decades of experience to these important issues and will interact with our campus in several contexts.  He will be speaking in chapel at 11am on 11-12 October, as well as leading student life staff and faculty in separate sessions to explore how our campus can better accomplish our Student Learning Outcome of Spiritual Formation.  He will also be connecting with ACTS in a venue that is yet to be determined.

February 2015

"Explorations in Covenant and Virtue for Close Relationships: Perspectives for Spiritual Formation"

Speaker: Bill Strom, Ph.D.,  Professor of Media + Communication, Trinity Western University

This talk considers covenant studies and personal virtue as lenses for understanding communication in close relationships.  The presentation will include original and extant research in communication and positive psychology within a Christian worldview.  The virtues of self-control, humility, work, committed faithfulness, and wisdom are examined in their social construction between relaters.  Relevant for anyone interested in close relationships, marriage and family, and social psychology.

Bio: Bill Strom is professor of communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC where he teaches communication theory, relational communication, persuasion, public speaking and organizational communication. He earned a B.A. in speech communication (Wheaton College), an M.A. in communication theory (Northern Illinois) and a Ph.D. in communication research (Iowa).  He is author of More Than Talk: A Covenantal Approach to Everyday Communication (4th ed., 2013, Kendall/Hunt Publishing) and The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, 2014). Bill is married to Shelaine Strom, a career coach and writer, and lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.  They have three adult sons.


Conversations on Spiritual Formation 2009
“Conversations on Spiritual Formation” was a five-week series of facilitated lunch-time conversations with leading thinkers and writers on the topic of spiritual formation, aimed at faculty, staff, local pastors, and interested students.