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Whitworth Institute of Ministry, July 7-11, will feature presidents of Princeton Theological Seminary and Fuller theological seminaries

June 6, 2014

Mark Labberton
This summer, Whitworth welcomes Princeton Theological Seminary President Craig Barnes and Fuller Theological Seminary President Mark Labberton as the featured co-preachers for the 39th annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry.

WIM, July 7-11, will reflect on the nature of Christ’s love through scripture and prayer, and through fellowship and preaching, through worship and solitude. Barnes and Labberton will share messages from the Gospel during evening worship services. Marianne Meye Thompson, the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller, will lead the morning bible study on Jesus’ last discourse in John 13-17.

“Mark and Craig are great preachers with long careers in very successful pastoral ministry,” says Whitworth Director of Church Engagement Terry McGonigal. “They have been two of the most well-received preachers we have ever hosted. Together, with Meye and the Whitworth faculty joining us, WIM will be an unforgettable experience.”

The public is invited to attend the institute’s worship services Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel. Admission to the services is free. Pre-registration and payment are required for those who wish to participate in other WIM programming, including morning prayer, morning bible study, communion and ministry discussions. For complete WIM details, a schedule of events, and to register, please visit, or e-mail

Craig Barnes
Unique to this year’s WIM, Whitworth, in partnership with Princeton and Fuller, will host reunions for alumni of both seminaries. Barnes and Labberton plan to spend time with gathered alumni and speak about their respective visions for each seminary through luncheons and receptions.

In addition, Dale Soden, Whitworth professor of history, and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith & Learning, will lead the ministry discussion on “Christ and Cascadia: The Challenges and Opportunities for Ministry in the Pacific Northwest.” Other Whitworth faculty involved in this year’s WIM include Professor of Communication Studies Ron Pyle, Associate Professor of Music Ben Brody, '98, and Director of Whitworth’s Office of Church Engagement Terry McGonigal.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Margaret Claassen, program coordinator, office of church engagement, Whitworth University,

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