Congratulations to J. Todd Billings – Gordon H. Girod Chair of Reformed Theology

On April 17, 2013, Dr. J. Todd Billings, author of Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church, was installed as the first Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary.

At his inauguration, Dr. Billings gave a lecture titled “Rediscovering the Catholic-Reformed Tradition for Today:  A Biblical, Christ-Centered Vision for Church Renewal”.

Dr. James K.A. Smith and Dr. Matthew Levering were respondents. In his response, Dr. Smith said of Todd Billings: “Todd is, for me, one of the primary reasons to be hopeful about the future of Reformed theology… In my estimation, Todd is without peer in his generation, boldly and creatively articulating a theological vision that is evangelical and catholic, Reformed and ecumenical, dogmatic and practical. And I pray that his tribe increases.”

Western Theological Seminary has provided video of this event – including these lectures. The videos can be viewed here.

Below is a promotional video about Dr. Billings and the Gordon H. Girod Chair.

We at Baker Academic loved working with Todd on Union with Christ and look forward to many more projects in the years to come. We wish to congratulate Todd on this prestigious position and pray that it generates fresh research for the ministry of the church and academy.


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