From Kerygma to Catechesis
Dr. Doug Sweeney, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL, opens the W.H. Griffith Thomas Memorial Lectureship with a dive into the history of the sources of authority for the church’s teaching ministry during the early church era.
W. H. Griffith Thomas Memorial Lectureship (Spring 2020)
Dr. Douglas Sweeney became the second dean of Beeson Divinity School on July 1, 2019. In this role, he shepherds the institution by providing strategic leadership and facilitating its work to prepare God-called men and women for faithful gospel ministry. A world-renowned scholar of American theologian Jonathan Edwards, Sweeney arrived at Beeson from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he was the Distinguished Professor and Chair of Church History and the History of Christian Thought as well as founding director of the Jonathan Edwards Center. Having served on Trinity’s faculty since 1997, Sweeney was the founding director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity, 2000-2012. Prior to his tenure at Trinity, Sweeney served at Yale University, where he edited The Works of Jonathan Edwards and lectured in church history and historical theology. Dr. Sweeney also is an award-winning author and editor of more than 20 books. His prolific writing ministry also includes numerous academic articles, papers and book chapters. Sweeney is an evangelical Lutheran affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. He is married to Wilma, and they have one adult son, David, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie.