The Theology Matters
2021 Conference

Living in the Power of Jesus Christ From Generation to Generation.

October 5-7th, 2021

Our 2021 conference is now avaiable to review online! View the keynotes below.

Keynotes | 2021 Conference

Theology Matters Conference 2021 – Opening Worship & Sermon

Dr. Richard Gibbons - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

The Church in Exile: Recovering a Reformed View of the Displaced Community

Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

Lord God and Lord Jesus – Part 1

Dr. James Edwards - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

Why We Exist

The Reverend Lorenzo Small - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

Running to the Sound of Gunfire

Dr. Stephen Crocco - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

How Theology Matters

Dr. Joseph Small - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

A Surprising Hope: Barren Wombs and Unexpected Fruitfulness

Dr. Todd Billings - Theology Matters 2021 Conference

Guest Speakers

Stephen Crocco

Retired Director of Yale University Divinity School Library.

Stephen Crocco recently retired from the position of Library Director at Yale University Divinity School. Prior to serving at Yale, he held similar positions at Princeton and Pittsburgh theological seminaries. Steve is an ordained PCUSA minister, has served as an interim pastor, and preaches regularly in PCUSA congregations. He is also a founding board member of the Theological Book Network.

Richard Gibbons

Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC

Richard Gibbons is a native of Scotland became the Senior Pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC in 2007. He holds joint honors in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology from the University of Glasgow and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Highland Theological College in Inverness, Scotland. He is married to Ruth (40 years) and they have one son, Michael. Richard was the Chaplain of the Day for the U.S. Senate in 2018, chaired the “World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians” (Washington DC) in May 2017, and was the plenary speaker for Presbyterian pastors in Egypt in 2019 and 2020. He served for four years as Chair of ECO Denomination’s Theology Task Force.

Jennifer Powell McNutt

Franklin Dyrness Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College

Jennifer Powell McNutt is the Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. She is author of the award-winning book, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685–1798, a specialist in the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, and a Fellow in the Royal Historical Society. Rev. Dr. McNutt is also an ordained minister in the PCUSA, co-president of McNuttshell Ministries, Inc. with her husband, David McNutt, with whom she also serves as a parish associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. They have three lovely children.

James Edwards

Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology at Whitworth University

James Edwards taught religion at the University of Jamestown, North Dakota for nearly twenty years, and theology at Whitworth for twenty years. His published works include commentaries on Romans, the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Is Jesus the Only Savior?, The Divine Intruder, and Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer. He is on the board of advisors of Theology Matters.

Richard Ray

Chairman of the Board of the Presbyterian Heritage Center

Richard Ray is chairman of the board of the Presbyterian Heritage Center, Montreat, NC. He has served as a pastor in Arkansas, Virginia, and Tennessee, managing director of John Knox Press, professor at Stephens College and Pittsburgh Seminary, and most recently as president of King University, Bristol, TN. He has also served on the board of the Grandfather Home for Children, Calvin Studies Society, King University, and is on the board of advisors of Theology Matters.

Lorenzo Small

Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

Lorenzo Small is pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. After several years in the corporate world, working for companies such as 3M Corporation and Eli Lily and Company, he was called to the ministry, served as a Baptist minister, and later was ordained and installed as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, SC. He is a graduate of Union Presbytery Seminary (Charlotte) and a member of the Foundation for Reformed Theology.

Jeffrey Bullock

President of the University of Dubuque

Jeffrey Bullock has been President of the University of Dubuque, college and theological seminary, since 1998. He holds the faculty position of Professor of Hermeneutics and Homiletics. As a Presbyterian minister, Bullock focused on congregational revitalization, serving churches in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Seattle, WA. As President of the University, he has lead a Transformation that has resulted in growing the endowment by nearly $250 million, $300 million in new and renovated buildings, and enrollment growth that has quadrupled the size of the University. He is an active blogger on the topic of leadership (www.jeffbullock.com), and he has published numerous articles and lectures. His book, Preaching with a Cupped Ear: Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics as Post-Modern World, was published in 1998.

Todd Billings

Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary

Todd Billings is the Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. After serving as an elder in the PCUSA while a doctoral student at Harvard, he later became an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of six books, including Union with Christ (winner of a Christianity Today Book Award), and most recently, The End of the Christian Life.

Joseph D. Small

Former director of the P.C.U.S.A. Office of Theology and Worship

Joseph D. Small served as director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship from 1989-2011, following pastorates in Towson Maryland, Westerville Ohio, and Rochester New York. His extensive ecumenical theological engagements include ten years as co-chair of the international Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue. He currently serves on the Board of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.