2013 Ellen White Issues Symposium

We extend a general invitation to pastors in the Lake Union, religion and theology professors at Adventist colleges, scholars of Ellen White and Adventist studies, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary students, and other interested persons to attend our ninth annual Ellen G. White Issues Symposium. It will be held on Monday, March 25, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., in the chapel of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Our speakers and topics this year are Jiri Moskala, James R. Nix, Theodore Levterov and Alberto Timm. A devotional talk will be given by Benjamin Schoun. For information on attending the Ellen White Issues Symposium please call the Center for Adventist Research at (269) 471-3209. We look forward to seeing you on the last Monday in March. Though this will be an academic symposium it is our intention that it also provide spiritual encouragement and inspiration for those who attend.

9:00 AM Benjamin Schoun DevotionalFacilitator: Merlin D. Burt
9:30 AM James R. Nix “Sickly, Slobbering, Idiots” and the Story of Albert E. HorsleyResponse: Merlin D. BurtFacilitator: Nicholas Miller
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Theodore Levterov The Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Understanding of Ellen G. White’s Prophetic Gift, 1844-1889Response: David WilliamsFacilitator: Jonathan Burt
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Alberto Timm Development of Contemporary Issues Related to Ellen G. WhiteResponse: Samuel PagánFacilitator: Denis Kaiser
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Jiří Moskala Can A Prophet Err?Response: Michael YounkerFacilitator: Denis Fortin
3:45 PM Current Issues DiscussionFacilitator: Merlin D. Burt

Symposium program

Symposium Purpose

The purpose of this symposium is to break new ground in understanding Ellen White and issues relating to her life, ministry, and prophetic gift that have current importance.  The structure of the symposium will have some elements of academic formality.  Papers will be presented with a prepared response followed by brief responses from the presenters.  The papers presented will later be published in a journal that will be available at a reasonable cost.  At the symposium we will also make available the published presentations from the 2005 through the 2012 symposiums.  At the meeting there will be an opportunity to submit questions relating to Ellen White issues.  We will attempt to discuss as many of these question as time will allow in the afternoon.

Symposium Presenters

Ben Schoun, D.Min, is general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Prior to this appointment, Schoun served as the president of Adventist World Radio for nine years. In addition, he previously held the position of president of the Atlantic Union Conference and the Northern New England Conference. Schoun spent 13 years at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, as a professor, program director, and associate dean. His specialty is in church leadership, administration, and conflict management.
James R. Nix, M.Div., MLS, is director of the Ellen G. White Estate at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is author ofnumerous articles and several books, including The Spirit of Sacrifice and Commitment and Early Advent Singing.
Theodore Levterov, Ph.D., is director of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office at Loma Linda University and Assistant Professor of Religion and Theological Studies. He has previously worked as a pastor in his native country of Bulgaria and for the Texas Conference.
Alberto Timm, Ph.D., is a specialist in the development of SDA doctrines and theology. Born in a German-Pomeranian colony in the south of Brazil, Timm worked as a district pastor (1982-1985); director of the Brazilian Ellen G. White-SDA Research Center (1986-2007); Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, Sao Paulo Adventist University College (2006-2007); and Rector of the multi-campus Latin-American Adventist Theological Seminary, and Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator for the South American Division (2007-2011). He is currently an Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland.
Jiří Moskala, Th.D., Ph.D, is professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to coming to Andrews, Moskala served in various capacities (ordained pastor, administrator, teacher, and principal) in the Czech Republic. He is a member of several theological societies and has authored or edited a number of articles and books in the Czech and English languages. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions at Tell Jalul, Jordan.

Getting to Andrews

We are located in rural southwestern Michigan and if you are within 300 miles of Andrews, the cheapest way to get here is by car.  If you are coming from further away or would just prefer taking the bus,  Greyhound serves the nearby town of Benton Harbor, just 12 miles from the campus. You can also take the train, the closest station with an Amtrak service is Niles, 15 minutes from campus.

If you are thinking about flying to Andrews, the closest airport is South Bend Regional Airport. Many students, friends and visitors of Andrews also fly into the Chicago O’Hare or Midway airport and then take the Coach USA bus service to nearby South Bend, Indiana.



Driving Directions

From the North and West From the East From the South
Take I-94 to exit 28.Take US 31 south approximately 11 miles to Berrien Springs.Turn left at J.N. Andrews Blvd. Take the Indiana Toll Road (I80/90) to the South Bend west exit.Take US 31 north approximately 15 miles to Berrien Springs.Take exit 15A; turn right at the stop sign.Go about half a mile, then turn left at J.N. Andrews Blvd. Take US 31 north to Berrien Springs, located about 15 miles north of the Indiana border.Take exit 15A; turn right at the stop sign.Go about half a mile, then turn left at J.N. Andrews Blvd.