Robert and Barbara TollefsonThe Robert and Barbara Tollefson Reformed Theology Lectureship began in 1992 in recognition of their contributions to Buena Vista University. Dr. Tollefson was a long-time professor of philosophy and religion at BVU. He and his wife, Barbara, played an important role in many student's lives during their years at BVU. Through the gift of their children, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Priscilla, and Jeff, the community of Buena Vista University, Prospect Hill Presbytery, many friends joined together in establishing the lecture series in their honor. This lecture is an annual event on Buena Vista University campus and is an opportunity for the community to hear from renowned scholars in the reformed field of study.

Adrian Bird

Upcoming Tollefson Lecture

Oct. 27, 2014

Adrian Bird is a Visiting Professor of Church History at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has worked in a variety of inter-religious, cross-cultural settings, including England, India, the U.S.A., and Zimbabwe. He and his wife Julie served as Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Partners in Residence with the Church of South India. Adrian currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina and is in the process of writing a book on the subject of Christian identity in the midst of religious diversity.

Past Distinguished Lectures

2013 Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C.
2012 Dr. Ofelia Miriam Orgega Suarez, Professor of Theology, Mantanzas Seminary, Cuba
2011 Dr. David J Torbisch, Throckmorton-Hayes Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME
2010 Jennifer Ayres, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
2009 Rev. Dr. J. Andrew Dearman, Fuller Theological Seminary, Houston, TX
2008 Dr. John S. McClure, Vanderbilt Divinity School
2007 Dr. Robert Dykstra, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
2006 Dr. Damayanthi Niles, professor of Systematic Theology, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
2005 Dr. Jack Schaffer, Minnesota School of Psychology, St. Paul MN
2004 Dr. Rick Nutt, Professor of Religion, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio
2002/2003 Lectures cancelled due to visa denial for Dr. Ofelia Miriam Ortega
2001 Dr. Jane Dempsey Douglas, professor emerita of Princeton Theological Seminary and former President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
2000 Dr. Stephen Haynes, Prof. Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
1999 Dr. Donald Luidens, Prof. Of Sociology and Social Work, Hope College in Holland, Michigan
1998 Dr. Isabel Rogers, Professor of Applied Christianity of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA
1997 Rev John M. Fife, past General Assembly Moderator PC (U.S.A), pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church Tucson, AZ
1996 Dr. Christina E. Blair, Prof of Practical Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
1995 Dr. James Hudnut-Beumler, presently Dean Of The Divinity School And Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor Of American Religious History At Vanderbilt University, formerly Columbia Seminary
1994 Ben and Carol Weir, Presbyterian pastor, Moderator of 198th General Assemby and professors of Evangelism and Mission at San Francisco Seminary, hostages of the Islamic Jihad Shiites for 16 months
1993 Dr. Donald McKim, Academic and Reference Editor for Westminster John Knox Press. He has served as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary and as Professor of Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary from Memphis Seminary
1992 Dr. Charles Partee, Professor of Church History, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA