Together As One Mosaic

Rev. James L. Haddix, Ph.D.,



Rev. Renee U. Garrett, M.Div.,

Minister of Christian Nurture


Some guests of the
Pastor Theologians Program:




Daniel M. Bell
Lutheran Theological Southern


William P. Brown
Columbia Theological Seminary


Jason Byassee
Duke Divinity School


Scott Cairns
University of Missouri


Kenneth Carter


Ellen T. Charry
Princeton Theological Seminary


John Chryssavgis


Gabriel Fackre
Andover Newton Theological School, Emeritus


Richard L. Floyd


Catherine Gunsulas Gonzalez
Columbia Theological Seminary


Scott J. Hafemann
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe
Minister, First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Connecticut


Leander Harding


Gordon L. Isaac
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Robert W. Jenson


Cheryl Bridges Johns
Church of God Theological Seminary
Cleveland, Tennessee


Walter C. Kaiser
President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Peter John Kreeft
Boston College


Peter J. Leithart
New St. Andrew’s College


Frederica Mathewes-Green


Sean M. McDonough
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


David Mills
Cedarville College


Stephen J. Nichols
Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School


Cornelius Plantinga


Robert Sherman
Bangor Theological Seminary


Max L. Stackhouse
Princeton Theological Seminary, Emeritus


Robert A. Strong, CFA
University of Maine


Scott W. Sunquist
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Marianne Meye Thompson
Fuller School of Theology


William Vanden Bosch


Stephen H. Webb
Wabash College


G. Bruce Wiersma
University of Maine


Ralph C. Wood
Baylor University



Rev. Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr

Cornelius Plantinga

Rev. Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr. led the Bangor Pastor Theologians in the March 2012 meeting.  He presented a “preview” of what would later by the Warfield Lectures at Princeton (named for Annie Kinkead Warfield, wife of Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield, a professor of theology at Princeton seminary, 1887-1921).  Dr. Plantinga is recently retired from the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary where he remains a professor emeritus of theology.

Plantinga, in his presentations, emphasized the importance for pastors of being keen observers of everyday interactions, life-long learners, and reading widely in journalism, novels, and non-fiction books.  His lectures will become a book very soon.  The lectures themselves are titled, “Reading for Preaching: the Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets and Journalists.”

 “Preachers stand in the world with a book in their hand,” says Plantinga. “For us Christians, the Bible is our community book. So, in a way, the preacher's job is only to say in other words what a text says — dressing it up or down, coloring and amplifying it in such a way that when people hear the preached text they hear God's word to them.” [from CRC Communications and a piece written by Chris Meehan].

At Calvin, Plantinga served as President and as Charles W. Colson Professor of Systematic Theology.  He earned an A.B from Calvin College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and has served as a pastor in Webster, NY and supply preacher in Cliffwood Beach, NJ. Before joining the faculty at Calvin Theological Seminary, Plantinga taught at Princeton Theological Seminary (1976 - 78), Fuller Theological Seminary (1985, 1987) and Regent College (1997). From 1996 to 2002 he served as the first ever Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College.