Graduates and supporters of Calvin Theological Seminary’s Ph.D. program gathered on Oct. 9 in a packed DeVos Auditorium to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary.
Although it began two decades ago, no doctoral degree was conferred until 15 years ago. Today, 48 of the Ph.D. program’s graduates serve the church and academy in various parts of the world and 31 students are currently enrolled in the program.
Several current Calvin Seminary faculty members contributed to the afternoon celebration.
Richard Muller gave the plenary address. Muller is internationally known for his scholarship on post-Reformation theology. He has taught in the Ph.D. program since its inception and has been key to its success, said Ronald Feenstra, one of his colleagues at the seminary.
Muller spoke about the program’s progress and its early and ongoing commitments to the church and academy worldwide, to students, and to scholarship. He also spoke about how the efforts have borne fruit.
From publications and conference participation to church leadership roles to the establishment of scholarly networks, Muller noted the international range and theological depth of graduates’ impact.