Keynote Speakers

Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He has lectured throughout the world and blogs regularly at The Bible and Culture.

John Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University (UK).  After studies in Classics and Theology at Cambridge University, he took his PhD at Cambridge University, and has taught New Testament at Glasgow University (1984-2003) and Durham (2003 onwards).  His research has been focused in Pauline studies, in Diaspora Judaism, and in Josephus.  He is publishing a book on Pauline theology this summer entitled Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans).  

Everett Ferguson holds B. A. and M. A. degrees from Abilene Christian University and S.T.B. and Ph. D. degrees from Harvard University.  Most of his professional life has been spent on the faculty of Abilene Christian University, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Bible and Church History.  He was editor of Encyclopedia of Early Christianity and author of the textbooks Backgrounds of Early Christianity and Church History, Vol. 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation.  Other books include Early Christians Speak (2 volumes) and The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today.  Cascade Books is reprinting a collection of his scholarly essays in three volumes, The Early Church at Work and Worship.