Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary


 CV for Tim Basselin comming soon!

Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life,
Associate Professor of Ministry, Theology, and Culture

Dr. Tim Basselin joined the faculty of Western Theological Seminary in February 2022 to serve as the new Director of Field Education and Student Life and Associate Professor of Ministry, Theology, and Culture. 

Dr. Basselin comes to Western with eight years of field education experience, having created and supervised an internship program for the Media, Arts, and Worship Department of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Basselin also has a deep love for congregational ministry, serving on the preaching team at his current church (Catalyst Community Church in Rowlett, Texas) and as ministry coordinator at his previous church (Living Springs Community Church, an RCA church in Glenwood, Illinois).  In his teaching and service, Tim has been committed to multiracial ministries and congregational involvement in local communities.

Dr. Basselin received degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, including a Ph.D. in Theology and Culture, before becoming an assistant professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. His publications include Flannery O’Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity (Baylor University Press). 

In his role as Director of Field Education and Student Life, Tim will engage with churches, denominations, and parachurch ministries to develop field education opportunities for students and partnerships for WTS.  He will also engage in vocational discernment with students; provide leadership to the Student Life Office, and assist the faculty, Student Life team, and broader seminary community as they contribute to students’ formation.

To inquire about having Tim Basselin speak, please email him


Image of the cover of the Book Flannery O'Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability) by Timothy Basselin

B.A. Wheaton College

M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary

Th.D. Harvard University Divinity School

 CV for J. Todd Billings

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Are you interested in becoming a research assistant to Dr. Billings? WTS offers one 100% tuition scholarship each year called the Girod Fellowship. Designed to cultivate pastor-theologians for the church and academy, the fellowship involves working as a p/t paid research assistant for Dr. Billings, who is the Gordon H. Girod Chair of Reformed Theology. It is renewable for 3 years for full-time students in the In-Residence M.Div. program.


  • TH114 Systematic Theology II
  • TH124 Credo
  • TH514 Theology of the Word
  • TH524 Theologies of Prayer: Petition, Contemplation, & the Triune God
  • TH568 Calvin: Theology & Reception
  • MN121 Church Governance and Denominational Standards

Video Adult Education Course

Speaking Engagements


J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology

Dr. Billings approaches the discipline of theology with a commitment to the ministry of the church. His varied experience in Christian ministry includes work in community development in Uganda, teaching theology in Ethiopia, working on staff at a Boston-area homeless shelter, and serving his local church in various leadership roles. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

Dr. Billings’ special interests include Reformed theology, the sacraments, salvation, and theological hermeneutics. His first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ (Oxford, 2007) won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise, awarded internationally for the best first books of scholars in theology and religious studies. His second book, The Word of God for the People of God (Eerdmans, 2010), won the 2011 Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue Book Prize. His third book, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (Baker Academic, 2011), is a 2012 Christianity Today Book Award winner. He is also co-editor of Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities (Westminster John Knox, 2012). After being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Dr. Billings offered a theological meditation on providence and lament in Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos, 2015). His most recent book culminates a long-term project on the Lord’s Supper in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord’s Table (Eerdmans, 2018).

Dr. Billings has lectured in Europe, South Africa, and the United States, and has published in a variety of journals, including Modern Theology, Harvard Theological Review, Missiology, and International Journal of Systematic Theology, as well as periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Sojourners.

“In a time when churches are pressured to become pragmatic and self-centered in the face of many challenges, Reformed theology can mediate a rich theological heritage that is deep enough to nourish the church and dynamic enough to be open to God’s ongoing work. For the church, the study of the Bible and theology is not just an academic exercise, but a part of a transformative encounter with the triune God who is shaping people into the image of Christ by the Spirit’s power.”


Rejoicing in Lament - Korean ed


Other Resources

J. Todd Billings | Good Servant, Tyrannical Master,

BioLogos Podcast

 B.S. University of Dayton

M.A. University of Michigan

M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Duke University

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 CV for John Brogan


  • BL101A New Testament Greek II
  • BL101B New Testament Interpretation

Speaking Engagements

John Brogan

Associate Academic Dean
Professor of New Testament
Director of the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts Programs
Director of the Graduate Program for Christian Educators

Dr. John Brogan was Dean of Students and Student Life at Northwestern College in Iowa for eight years before coming to Western the summer of 2013. He was a Northwestern religion faculty member from 1997 to 2005, department chair from 2002 to 2004, and held the Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Religion endowed chair. In 2000, he received Northwestern College’s Teaching Excellence Award. At Northwestern, he served in numerous administrative roles and on a variety of campus-wide committees. Before serving at Northwestern, Brogan taught at Calvin College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte, NC, and Meredith College. He also served as a visiting scholar at Regent College in Vancouver, BC in 2005.

Brogan has a doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota), and a Master of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a published author and has made numerous scholarly presentations in the field of New Testament textual criticism.

Brogan loves the church and is excited to help form the next generation of Christian leaders through theological education and ministry experiences. The New Testament vision of the diversity and justice of God’s kingdom has led him to an abiding interest in racial reconciliation, social justice, and cross-cultural appreciation.

“Formation is central to the life of every Christian. God is transforming all Christians into the image of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18). I believe that formation for full time ministry and Christian leadership is essential through careful study, mentoring, and self-reflection. In my own formation, I remember those people, courses, and experiences that God placed in my life that helped form me into the person I am today. I am excited about the opportunity to work with women and men who are being formed by God for lives of mission and ministry.”


B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.Div. Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary

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CV Benjamin Conner


  • MN102 Practice of Discipleship
  • MN116 Introduction to Disability and the Church
  • MN564 Practice of Evangelism
  • MN573 Practice of Youth Ministry
  • MN581 Ministry and Margins
  • TH112 Gospel, Culture, & Church

Speaking Engagements


Benjamin T. Conner

Professor of Practical Theology
Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry

Dr. Benjamin T. Conner had been involved in youth ministry in some capacity for over twenty years before coming to Western.  He has served the Church in congregations and through Young Life staff.  He currently serves on Young Life’s National Capernaum Mission Wide Committee.

Ben has earned his Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Virginia) and his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions.  His teaching and research interests include practical theology, youth ministry, discipleship and Christian practices, mission studies, evangelism, disability studies and Christian history.  His wife, Melissa, works in therapeutic horsemanship and together they have four children.  When he is not on campus Ben can be found playing with his family, in the weight room, on the basketball court or mucking horse stalls.

“I believe that in baptism every member of the Body of Christ is ordained to ministry—spiritually gifted and strategically placed to edify one another, to bear God’s love to a hurting world and to bear witness to the redemptive presence of the Triune God. Theological education is about forming people to participate in this calling and to inspire, encourage and equip them to do the same with others. “


Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness


 B.S. Southeastern University

M.A. University of South Florida

M.Th. University of Aberdeen, King’s College

Ph.D. University of Aberdeen, King’s College (Anticipated)

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 CV for Carlos Thompson


  • TH632: Introduction to World Religions
  • MN587: Living in Community: Friendship House

Speaking Engagements

L. S. Carlos A. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Church and Community Theology, Director of the Friendship House, and Student Accessibility Coordinator

Carlos was born in the Latin American costal port city of Cartagena, Colombia. After being adopted by an American family, he was raised in Fargo, North Dakota. Carlos has earned a B.S. in Church Ministry from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida; an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida; and an M.Th. in Ministry and Mission (Practical Theology) from the University of Aberdeen, King’s College, in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, King’s College. He is also a Henri Nouwen Doctoral Fellow and Resident Director of the Friendship House here at Western Theological Seminary.

Carlos’ research centers around inviting the Church and those who are called to shepherd her members to be more faithful to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Within this general call, Carlos aims to draw attention to particular ways that the Church can practice more faithfully in the midst of hardships—suffering, the lived experience of chronic illness, and/or the reality of enduring bodily impairments (disability).

For him, faithful Christian practice must be grounded within the Holy Scriptures, examined alongside the traditions of our community, and enacted through the Holy Spirit. As a result of these convictions, the following questions are foundational to Carlos’ present research and spiritual reflection: what is it that makes a Christian community ‘Christian’ and ‘communal’? What does it mean to be ‘healed’? How are Christians to understand ‘healing’ in the midst of enduring disability and chronic illness?

Carlos is a Charismatic-reformed Pentecostal who lives with congenital Cerebral Palsy. When he is not writing or catching up on reading, he enjoys eating food with friends, lifting weights, spending time by the water, playing the piano, drinking good coffee, and savoring good tea. He has always wanted to try sky-diving, learn how to sail, visit the monasteries on Mount Athos, and adopt a hairless cat.

Krista Greendyke

Recruitment and Admissions Associate & International Student Admissions Advisor