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Academic colloquy to honor Everett Ferguson

Dr. Everett Ferguson
Dr. Everett Ferguson
What do you get an esteemed church historian for his 80th birthday? Colleagues from around the world who are fans of Dr. Everett Ferguson (’53) think an academic colloquy is in order.
The life and work of Ferguson, ACU’s distinguished scholar-in-residence and LeMoine G. Lewis Professor Emeritus of Church History, will be honored during Eucharist & Ecclesiology, a March 21-23 series of lectures and research presentations in ACU’s Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.
Plenary speakers include Dr. Gary Badcock, associate professor of theology at Huron University College in London, Ontario, Canada; Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy, abbot emeritus from Cistercian Seminary at the University of Dallas; and Dr. Paul Meyendorff, Fr. Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimirs Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y.
Papers will be presented by theologians from ACU, McMurry University, Yale University, Southern Methodist University, Missouri State University, University of Dallas, Austin Graduate School, Dallas Theological Seminary, Criswell College, and from as far away as Croatia and Norway.
In 2008, Ferguson received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the North American Patristics Society, an organization dedicated to the study of the history and theology of early Christianity. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Bible from ACU, and his doctorate in history and philosophy of religion from Harvard University.
A prolific author on topics related to early church history, Ferguson’s most recent work is Baptism in the Early Church, published by Eerdmans.
While the academic colloquy is not for the general public, friends of Ferguson who would like to attend the March 21 dinner at 5 p.m. and hear Meyendorff’s opening lecture can do so for $15. Contact Dr. Wendell Willis (’67 M.A.) at by noon on March 19 to reserve your seat.