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 Western Theological Seminary invites current undergraduates and others considering seminary to submit presentation proposals for the inaugural 2023 Great Lakes Theology Conference.

The theme for the 2023 conference will be creation. Learn more about topics and themes in the call for papers.

The conference will feature the Installation Lecture of Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst to the Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity and presentations of papers by current undergraduates and those considering Seminary.

Faculty, students, pastors, and all others interested in important themes around creation and theology are invited to attend.

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Afternoon: Registration

Evening: Dinner and Lecture by Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst


Morning: Breakfast, Sessions, and Chapel

Afternoon: Lunch and Session

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Dr. Padilla DeBorst is a renowned practitioner, teacher, and speaker with decades of experience in ministry throughout Latin America through organizations such as the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and Latin American Theological Fellowship. She has served the worldwide church through World Vision International, Resonate Global Mission (of the Christian Reformed Church of North America), and the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT).

She has served on boards and councils ranging from the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization Latin America, A Rocha International, and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies to the International Justice Mission and the American Society of Missiology.  

Dr. Padilla DeBorst has also served as Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios (CETI) president, dedicated to providing theological education to pastors and lay Christians throughout Latin America. In addition to her academic leadership, she has taught numerous courses through CETI and for theological schools throughout North America.