The Wesleyan Theological Society, at its 2009 meeting at Anderson University, March 5-7, will present it most prestigious award. Anderson University Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies, Dr. Barry L. Callen, will receive the Society’s Life-Time Achievement Award at the Society’s Friday, March 6, evening banquet.
Dr. Callen served as professor, college dean, and seminary dean at Anderson University for nearly 40 years. In 1988, he was the first faculty member awarded the honor of “University Professor.” He wrote the Anderson University history in 1992, titled Guide of Soul and Mind: The Story of Anderson University, and the histories of all higher education institutions of the Church of God in the 2007 book, Enriching Mind and Spirit. His interest in the history and theology of the Church of God is evident in many other books, including his The Wisdom of the Saints (2003) and The Church that God Intends: Reconsidering the Reformation Heritage of the Church of God Movement (2009).
Dr. Callen was founding director of the Center for Pastoral Studies (1972) and founding editor of Anderson University Press (2000). He wrote the celebrated works Radical Christianity (1999), Authentic Spirituality (2001), Discerning the Divine (2004), and Caught Between Truths (2007). He currently serves as Special Assistant to the General Director of Church of God Ministries.
Dr. Callen’s work with the Wesleyan Theological Society has been exemplary. As the editor for the society’s Wesleyan Theological Journal, beginning in 1993 he moved it from failing status to its present position as the premier journal in its field. He has edited the work of more than 230 scholars in the Wesleyan tradition, and his diligence and excellence as editor is a primary reason the society enjoys sound financial footing and academic prestige. Dr. Callen also edited, with Richard Thompson, a collection of Wesleyan Theological Society essays on biblical theology called Reading the Bible in Wesleyan Ways, and he wrote with Bill Kostlevy, Heart of the Heritage: Core Themes of the Wesleyan/Holiness Tradition. He was instrumental in the formation of the newly formed Wesleyan/Holiness Coalition.
Dr. Callen has authored or edited more than thirty books. In addition to the books already mentioned, his systematic theology, God as Loving Grace: The Biblically Revealed Nature and Work of God, has been especially well received. His friendship with theologian, Clark Pinnock, generated two Callen books, Journey Toward Renewal: An Intellectual Biography of Clark H. Pinnock, and a new edition of The Scripture Principle (2006). Among his most recent books is his autobiography, A Pilgrim’s Progress (2008).
Dr. Callen’s ministry has not been restricted to the academic. He has pastored, traveled the world on short-term missionary assignments, and is the founding corporate secretary of Horizon International, now a major ministry to AIDS orphans in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
The Wesleyan Theological Society will honor Dr. Barry Callen on the Anderson campus at its Friday evening banquet on March 6 at 7:00 pm. The conference and/or banquet registration form is available to download at the society website. Those wishing only to attend the banquet at which Dr. Callen will be honored must register: http://wesley.nnu.edu/wts/annual_meetings.htm
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.