2014 Ellen White Issues Symposium

Join us as we break new ground in understanding Ellen White and issues relating to her life, ministry, and prophetic gift. All are invited to attend free. Speakers this year include Mike Oxentenko, Ron du Preez, David Williams, Tim Poirier, Stan Hickerson, Jerry Moon, and Denis Fortin. Monday, March 24, 2014, from 9am – 5 pm, in the Seminary Chapel.

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 Merlin D. Burt
Welcome and Introduction
9:15 AM Mike Oxentenko
A Comparative Analysis of Chiastic Technique in the Writings of Ellen G. White and William E. Foy as Evidence of Post Biblical Inspiration.

Response: Jerry Moon

Facilitator: Iriann Irizarry

10:00 AM Ron du Preez
Hebrew Literary Structures in Ellen White’s Writings

Response: Richard Davidson

Facilitator: Iriann Irizarry

10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM David Williams
An Historical Theology of Ellen G. White’s Experience of and Teachings on Music During the Writing of
The Desire of Ages while in Australia from 1892–1898

Response: Hyveth Williams

Facilitator: Kevin Burton

12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Tim Poirier and Stan Hickerson
Ellen G. White: Letters and Manuscripts with Annotations 1845 – 1859

Facilitator: Merlin D. Burt

2:30 PM Jerry Moon and Denis Fortin
Ellen G. White Encyclopedia: The Inside Story

Facilitator: Terry Robertson

3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Current Issues DiscussionFacilitator: Merlin D. Burt

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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

Mike Oxentenko, MDiv, is president of the Reaching Hearts International and pastor of a vibrant young church plant in Spencerville, Maryland in the Allegheny East conference. Prior to this Oxentenko has pastored churches in Michigan and Maryland. In addition, he has a radio program, Reaching Your Heart, which is aired daily.
Ron du Preez, ThD., DMin, holds doctoral degrees in missions and ethics, and is currently completing a third in New Testament Studies. He is a respected scholar and inspirational speaker who has served the Lord, through the Seventh-day Adventist Church (on four continents), as a university professor, administrator, and missionary; and is currently pastoring in the Oregon Conference.
David Williams, MSM, is currently a Ph.D. student in Church History, Systematic Theology, and Musicology at Andrews University. Williams is assistant Professor of Christian Ministry in Liturgy, Worship, and Sacred Music at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He has studied extensively in Europe with leading artists in organ, additionally spending a year in the Netherlands receiving instruction from Sietze de Vries in improvisation.
Tim Poirier, M.T.S., is Vice Director and Archivist of the Ellen G. White Estate at the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he has been employed since 1981. Among his major projects have been the Ellen White CD-ROMs and the forthcoming annotated volume of Ellen White’s earliest letters and manuscripts.
Stanley D. Hickerson, M. Div., Annotations Editor for the Ellen G. White ® Estate and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Biblical Languages at Andrews University. He has been researching Adventist history for forty-two years and has a special interest in locating historic sites. A contributor to the upcoming Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, he has written on today’s topic and continues researching the homes and lives of James and Ellen White and other Adventist pioneers.
Jerry Moon, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of the Church History Department in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is also editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies. He is co-editor of the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia.
Denis Fortin, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and a member of the Seminary faculty since 1994. He has authored several publications on Adventist history and theology, including his 2004 Adventism in Quebec: The Dynamics of Rural Church Growth, 1830-1910. He is co-editor of the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia.