Baptist origins lie within the matrix of the renewal movement known to history as Puritanism. They were not the only community to emerge from this renewal, however: English Presbyterians and Congregationalists also trace their beginnings back to Puritanism. But despite this common ancestry, these communities had their differences.

In this tenth annual conference of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, co-sponsored this year by The Davenant Trust, we trace this diversity through the lives and thought of three leading Puritans of the late Stuart era (1660–1714)—the Presbyterian Richard Baxter, the Congregationalist John Owen, and the Baptist William Kiffen—all of whom were born within a year or so of each other, in 1615 and 1616. Do join us as we think about the thought and ongoing legacy of these three extremely important Christian authors.


Michael Haykin

Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Timothy Beougher

Timothy Beougher serves as the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Associate Dean of the Billy Graham School at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper is Associate Professor of Church History in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago.

Nathan Finn

Nathan A. Finn serves as the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University in Jackson, TN.

Russell Fuller

Russell Fuller serves as professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Crawford Gribben

Crawford Gribben is Professor of Early Modern British History School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University.


Seth Osborne

Seth Osborne is a Garrett Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in History of Christianity at The Southern Baptist Seminary.

Herman Selderhuis

Herman Selderhuis is professor of Church History at the Theological University in Apeldoorn. He is also  Director of Refo500, President of the International Calvin Congress, and Research Curator of the John A Lasco Library.

David Sytsma

David Sytsma is an assistant professor at Tokyo Christian University and research curator of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research.

Steve Weaver

Steve Weaver serves as senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. He is a fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He also serves as an adjunct professor of church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Shawn Wright

Shawn Wright serves as associate professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jonathan Arnold

Jonathan Arnold serves as the assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at Boyce College.







Monday, September 19

7:30 a.m. Check-In
8:30 a.m. General Session 1: Timothy Beougher

“As a dying man to dying men: The life and ministry of Richard Baxter”
10:00 a.m. General Session 2: Crawford Gribben

“Becoming John Owen: A Puritan among Evangelicals”
11:30 a.m. General Session 3: Michael Haykin

” ‘By the compass of the Word’: The life and piety of William Kiffen (1616-1701)”
1:00 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions
6:00 p.m. Dinner*
8:00 p.m. General Session 4: Herman Selderhuis

“‘…and yet be loth to die?’ Death and dying in the theologies of John Owen and Richard Baxter” 

Tuesday, September 20

8:30 a.m. General Session 5: Seth Osborne

“A double-edged sword: Marriage as a hindrance and helper to the pastor’s piety in Richard Baxter” 
10:00 a.m. Chapel
11:30 General Session 6: Tim Cooper

“John Owen, Richard Baxter and the battle for Calvin in later-seventeenth-century England”
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. General Session 7: Russell Fuller

“John Owen and the traditional Protestant view of the Hebrew Old Testament” 
4:00 p.m. General Session 12: Nathan Finn

“Renewal through retrieval: The rediscovery of John Owen by 20th-century Reformed & Evangelical Christians”


6:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. General Session 9: Steve Weaver

“William Kiffen, John Bunyan, and the open communion controversy”
9:15 p.m. Lifeway Dessert Reception

Wednesday, September 21

8:30 a.m. General Session 10: Jonathan Arnold

“Keach’s foil: Benjamin Keach and the fight against Baxterianism”
10:00 a.m. General Session 11: David Sytsma

“Richard Baxter conformed to Nonconformity: The modern reception of Baxter as a practical theologian” 
11:30 a.m.  

General Session 8: Shawn Wright

“Justification by faith alone: The perspectives of John Owen and William Kiffen” 
*All attendees are invited to this dinner


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Would you like to attend the conference and earn credit towards your degree? Join Dr. Shawn Wright in 25177: Studies in Church History: Andrew Fuller Conference.

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