Professor and Alumnus to Present at College Theology Society Convention

Professor and Alumnus to Present at College Theology Society Convention

May 27, 2009

Dr. Philip Thompson, Sioux Falls Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage, and Ryan Stander, Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus, will take part in the 55th annual convention of the College Theology Society (CTS) on May 28-31 at the University of Notre Dame. The CTS will be joined by members of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Thompson will serve as a panelist on Friday, May 29, for a session on The Gift of Authority: Theological Explorations. He will share his expertise alongside Barry Harvey of Baylor University and Mike Broadway of Shaw University Divinity School. Thompson has been part of the Sioux Falls Seminary faculty since 2001. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Mars Hill College.

Stander, a 2003 Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) graduate, will present a paper on Friday, May 29. His paper highlights the importance of place in Christian theology and the role it plays in defining the human imprint upon the landscape and in revealing the presence of Christ in the world. Through his research in the history of photography, Stander found a visual parallel between what was being depicted in photographs and the emergence of a discipline known as human geography. This discipline often focuses on the way in which persons and communities orient themselves to places of significance for their lives.

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion is a community of teaching scholars, most of which teach at Baptist-affiliated schools, colleges, and seminaries. Other NABPR members hail from a wide range of institutions in the United States, Canada, and abroad, including church-related and state-supported schools.

The theme of the 2009 convention is "God, Grace, and Creation." View the convention program.