Robert and Barbara Tollefson Reformed Theology Lectureship

The 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.

Past Distinguished Lectures

2015Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Professor and Chair of Theology at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky.
2014Adrian Bird, Visiting Professor of Church History at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, NC.
2013Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Office of Public Witness, Washington D.C.
2012Dr. Ofelia Miriam Orgega Suarez, Professor of Theology, Mantanzas Seminary, Cuba
2011Dr. David J Torbisch, Throckmorton-Hayes Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME
2010Jennifer Ayres, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
2009Rev. Dr. J. Andrew Dearman, Fuller Theological Seminary, Houston, TX
2008Dr. John S. McClure, Vanderbilt Divinity School
2007Dr. Robert Dykstra, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
2006Dr. Damayanthi Niles, professor of Systematic Theology, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
2005Dr. Jack Schaffer, Minnesota School of Psychology, St. Paul MN
2004Dr. Rick Nutt, Professor of Religion, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio
2002/2003Lectures cancelled due to visa denial for Dr. Ofelia Miriam Ortega
2001Dr. Jane Dempsey Douglas, professor emerita of Princeton Theological Seminary and former President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
2000Dr. Stephen Haynes, Prof. Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
1999Dr. Donald Luidens, Prof. Of Sociology and Social Work, Hope College in Holland, Michigan
1998Dr. Isabel Rogers, Professor of Applied Christianity of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA
1997Rev John M. Fife, past General Assembly Moderator PC (U.S.A), pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church Tucson, AZ
1996Dr. Christina E. Blair, Prof of Practical Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
1995Dr. 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
1994Ben 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
1993Dr. 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
1992Dr. Charles Partee, Professor of Church History, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA