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Holy Spirit Academic Symposium Fall 2023

Cost and Admission

This is a paid event.

$39.00Early Bird (includes Private Dinner on Friday)
Early Bird pricing ends on 8/22/23
$29.00Early Bird (includes Caf Dinner on Friday)
Early Bird pricing ends on 8/22/23
$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, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today

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Contact Krista Ashlock at:
Ext. 5524



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
Panel: Psychology and Spiritual Formation

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"

Carmen Imes

Dr. Carmen Imes (Faculty Fellow)

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 (Faculty Fellow)

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

Helen Mitchell

Helen Mitchell, M.A. (Faculty Fellow)

Crowell School of Business
“Responding to Disappointment and Betrayal at Work"

Richard Gunasekera

Dr. Richard Gunasekera (Faculty Fellow)

School of Science, Technology and Health
"Cancer, Coma, and the Comforter: Medicine to Miracles- Investigating the Healing of the Holy Spirit at Bio-Medical Levels"

James D. Johansen

Dr. James D. Johansen (Faculty Fellow)

School of Science, Technology and Health
"The Holy Spirit Cares About Our Bodies"

Kathleen Holley

Dr. Kathleen Holley

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/Middlesex University
“Christian Contemplative Prayer: A Healing and Well-Being Embodied Spirituality Through the Ministry of the Holy Spirit"

Andrea Canales

Dr. Andrea Canales

Panel: Psychology and Spiritual Formation

Teresita Morales

Dr. Teresita Morales

Panel: Psychology and Spiritual Formation


Allen Yeh

Dr. Allen Yeh

Joy Qualls

Dr. Joy Qualls

Dave Merrill

Dr. Dave Merrill

Marcel Pontón

Dr. Marcel Pontón

Dave Datema

Dave Datema (Pastor & Missiologist)

Friday, October 27, 2023

Note: The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Time Activity Location
4–5 p.m. Registration Kim Dining Room
5–6 p.m. Dinner Kim Dining Room
6–7 p.m. Plenary by Dr. Craig Keener
Response by Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
Mayers Auditorium
7–7:45 p.m. Panel: Psychology and Spiritual Formation Mayers Auditorium


Saturday, October 28, 2023

Time Activity Location
7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration Crowell Business Building
7:30–8:30 a.m. Light Refreshments Crowell Business Building
9–10:30 a.m. Parallel Sessions
  1. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Science
    1. Richard Gunaskera, Ph.D.
    2. James Johansen, Ph.D.
  2. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Biblical Theology
    1. Carmen Imes, Ph.D.
    2. Leon Harris, Ph.D.
    3. Kathleen Holley, Ph.D.
  3. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Psychology
    1. David Wang, Ph.D.
    2. Helen Mitchell, M.A.
    3. Steve Porter, Ph.D.
  1. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Science: Crowell Business 206
  2. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Biblical Theology: Crowell Business 109
  3. The Holy Spirit, Healing and Psychology: Calvary Chapel
10:45 a.m. Faculty Fellows Panel
  • Carmen Imes, Ph.D.
  • Leon Harris, Ph.D.
  • Helen Mitchell, M.A.
  • Richard Gunaskera, Ph.D.
  • James Johansen, Ph.D.
Calvary Chapel
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Closing Plenary by Dr. Craig Keener
  • Response by Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Oscar Merlo
Calvary Chapel

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