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Holy Spirit Center

Holy Spirit Academic Symposium Fall 2023

Cost and Admission

This is a paid event.

$39.00Early Bird
$59.00Late Bird

The tickets will cover the cost of dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

On behalf of the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today, we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2023 Holy Spirit Symposium. Our vision is for this interdisciplinary discussion to traverse the landscapes of the psychological, neurological, spiritual and biblical-theological, culminating in a collective exploration of the Holy Spirit in the healing of the human body. Selected scholars, led by keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Keener, and moderator, Dr. Candy Gunther Brown, will present their research concerning the work of the Divine Spirit.

We hope you will consider joining us in October.

Oscar Merlo
Director, Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today

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Craig Keener

Dr. Craig Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is especially known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background (commentaries on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings). His award-winning, popular-level IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (now in its second edition [2014], and available in a number of languages) has sold over half a million copies.

Before joining the faculty of Asbury in July, 2011, Dr. Keener was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, just outside Philadelphia, where he taught happily for 15 years; before that time he was professor at Hood Theological Seminary.

Craig has authored 25 books, five of which have won awards in Christianity Today, and more than a million of which are in circulation. His recent books include Miracles Today: The Supernatural Work of God in the Modern World (Baker Academic, 2021); Galatians (Cambridge, 2018); Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Baker Academic, 2016); Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost (Eerdmans, 2016); Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011); The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (Eerdmans, 2009); The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009); Romans (Cascade, 2009); 1-2 Corinthians (Cambridge, 2005); The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Hendrickson/Baker Academic, 2003).

Candy Gunther Brown

Dr. Candy Gunther Brown

Candy Gunther Brown (Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Harvard University) is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Brown is author of The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789–1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); Testing Prayer: Science and Healing (Harvard University Press, 2012); The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion? (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). She is editor of Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor (with Mark Silk) of The Future of Evangelicalism in America (Columbia University Press, 2016). Media coverage includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Catholic Register, Christianity Today, Charisma, Interfaith Voices, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Steve Porter

Dr. Steve L. Porter

Senior Research Fellow and Executive Director, Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture (Westmont College)
Affiliate Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation (Biola University)
"When God Doesn't Heal: Bodily Pain as a Means of Sanctification"

David Wang

Dr. David Wang

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders
"The Holy Spirit in the Healing of Trauma: Facilitating Recovery in the Spiritual Life, the Body, and Emotional/Psychological Functioning"

Richard Gunasekera

Dr. Richard Gunasekera

School of Science, Technology and Health
“The Healing Ministry of the Holy Spirit from the Physiological to Molecular Bio-Medical Levels”

James D. Johansen

Dr. James D. Johansen

School of Science, Technology and Health
“In Our Missional Labor, the Holy Spirit’s Work Includes Refreshing Our Bodies via Biological Redemption”

Carmen Imes

Dr. Carmen Imes

Talbot School of Theology
“Your Sons and Daughters Will Prophesy: Healing the Body of Christ by Restoring a Biblical Vision of Spirit-Empowerment”

Leon Harris

Dr. Leon Harris

Talbot School of Theology
“Theology of Liberation as a Holistic Healing Balm” 

Helen Mitchell

Helen Mitchell, M.A.

Crowell School of Business
“Finding Healing and Reconciliation Through Forgiveness and Repentance after a Psychological Contract Breach"

Friday, October 27, 2023

Note: The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Time Activity
5–6 p.m. Dinner
6–7 p.m. Plenary by Dr. Craig Keener
Response by Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
7–7:30 p.m. Panel
7:30–8:30 p.m. Refreshments


Saturday, October 28, 2023

Time Activity
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Location: TBD)
9–10:30 a.m. Parallel Sessions
10:45 a.m. Panel for Scholars
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Intro by Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
Closing Plenary by Dr. Craig Keener

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