2020 Midwest Meeting Overview

2020 Regional Meeting Cancelled:

Due to the contagious nature of the coronavirus, our regional leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the March 27-28 Midwestern meeting of the ETS set to take place at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like many Michigan universities, Cornerstone University has canceled all on-campus classes and meetings of one hundred people or more. That includes us.

This measure is proactively being taken by Cornerstone University to ensure the continued safety of our campus community and help slow the spread of the illness, which helps ease demand on health care systems now and in the coming days and weeks.

If you registered for the conference online, you will receive a refund of the cost of the ticket(s), less the service fee, to your credit card in 7-10 business days. Additionally, you will receive an email directly from iTickets regarding the cancelation of the event. If you registered by mail, you will receive a refund check from our treasurer, Richard Weber. If you have any issues with your refund or have any other questions, please email me at michael.wittmer@cornerstone.edu.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in what was promising to be a fine conference. Lord willing, next year’s conference will be held at Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, on the theme of Christ in the Old Testament. We hope to see you there!

Mike Wittmer
2020 Midwest Regional ETS Chair

“What I’ve Learned: Distinguished Scholars Share Their Stories.”

George Marsden, Millard Erickson, Richard Muller and David Turner will reflect on their careers and pass on what they most want the next generation to know. The banquet will feature a diverse panel of early and mid career scholars who will respond to what they’ve heard and share their own perspectives.

Plenary Speakers

George Marsden is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame. Notable books include Jonathan Edwards: A Life, Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, and The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.

Millard Erickson, "Theologian at Large." Notable books include Christian Theology, Reclaiming the Center, and What Does God Know and When Does He Know It?

Richard Muller is Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. Notable books include Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics: the Rise and Development of Reformed Theology, ca. 1520-ca.1725 (4 volumes), The Unaccommodated Calvin, and Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought.

David Turner (banquet speaker) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. His notable books include Matthew (Baker Exegetical Commentary), Israel's Last Prophet and Interpreting the Gospels and Acts.

Date & Location:

March 27-28, 2020
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
3000 Leonard St. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525


Program information soon to come.

Call for Papers:

We invite you to propose a paper on an area of biblical, theological, or ministerial research, to be presented in one of our parallel sessions. In order to be considered, you must mail or email me your proposal, including present post, education, paper title, short paragraph (explaining the focus and argument of your paper), and contact email by no later than December 31, 2019.

Student Competition Call for Papers:

Vice-Chair Dr. Tiberius Rata (Grace Seminary) is organizing this competition, which offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present original papers reflecting their own research and to compete for prizes (papers of Ph.D. students, however, must be in the regular program). Please mentor your most promising students in submitting proposals.

Download the flyer here: Student Paper Competition Call for Papers

Register by mail:

Printible Registration Form

Register on-line:

Link to on-line registration

Hotels & Accommodations:

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(please note the Google Map below incorrectly lists the institution on Beltline Ave. The correct address of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is 3000 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.)